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    Book Review: 'Hollywood Movie Stills' Is A Beautiful Look Back At The Golden Age Of Cinema

    There's no such thing anymore as the "art" of the movie still, with images from movies now part and parcel of carefully orchestrated marketing or sales plans driving the films. They are, generally speaking, grist for the mill, and while the first look at an imminent blockbuster or secr...

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    Now and Then: Wes Anderson and Ridley Scott, Two Master Stylists Whose Best Work Is Past

    Let me begin by clarifying my headline. I am not saying that Wes Anderson and Ridley Scott, two master stylists with new movies in theaters, will not someday surpass their best films; that kind of prediction is impossible and counterproductive. But it must be admitted that they set the bar high, and...

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    Review - 'Caught In The Crossfire' (Breezing Through 50 Cent's Cheetah Vision Film Library)

    Since it was announced that Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson had launched his own film company 2 or 3 years ago, Cheetah Vision, I've been casually watching to see what kind of work this new venture would yield. Throw in the10-picture, $200 million agreement his company has with George Fu...

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    Weekly Wrap: Cannes Reviews, Oscar Talk is Back, Trailer Watch, and Industry News

    Weekend Preview - it's slim pickings ahead but we steer you right. We give "Snow White and the Huntsman" a review and review round-up: it wants to everything it's not. Our review and review round-up for Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" in case you're planning ahead, this one promises stunning eye candy...

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    Review: Fear & Terrorism Mix In Compact, Solid Thriller 'Wallander: The Revenge'

    Chief inspector Kurt Wallander (Krister Henriksson) has just turned 62, and would be quite content to spend the rest of his days on the deck of his new home in the seaside town of Ystad, Sweden listening to the water lap up on the shore, with this faithful dog Jussi by his side. At an age when retir...

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    Why 'Sexual Chronicles of a French Family' Is Hot and Mundane All at Once

    "Everybody's fucking except for me and it's driving me crazy," moans pale-faced teen Romain (Mathias Melloul), the youngest member of a perpetually horny household in "Sexual Chronicles of a French Family," and the movie makes it clear he has a point. From its frank title...

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    Review: 'Cellmates' An Unpleasant Racial Dramedy Featuring A Fading Tom Sizemore

    Movies can deliver a powerful message by humanizing what many consider to be the dregs of society, casting a light on what demons drive the darkness and bigotry in their heart. It’s the meaning of great art, finding humanity in the least-likely places. “Cellmates,” which is not great art, centers on...

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    Review: 'Sexual Chronicles Of A French Family' Deals Less With Wandering Minds & More With Wandering Hands

    The opening shot of “Sexual Chronicles Of A French Family” is handheld footage of a young girl in class, her eyes darting back and forth as we hear a teacher discuss the day’s lesson. She briefly looks into the shaking camera before slipping her hand underneath her skirt. She wears no undergarment, ...

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    Review: 'High School' With Adrien Brody Is Your Standard-Issue Stoner Comedy

    There’s a long and underwhelming tradition of marijuana-fueled comedies, some overt, others less so. Even as the subgenre ages, however, it’s impossible to note the lowered aspirations of filmmakers each time out, as “pot” comedy has become part of a genre where increasingly timid filmmakers merely ...

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    Review: 'A Cat In Paris' Is A Visually Distinctive Animated Trifle

    This year, the Best Animated Feature Oscar nominees were a wild bunch indeed – in addition to the big budget studio fare (things like “Puss in Boots” and eventual winner “Rango”), there were two independent, foreign language films (and nothing from powerhouse Pixar). One of those animated films was ...

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