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    Good and Bad Surprises in Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby'

    Novel? What novel? I went into Baz Luhrmann's 3-D, Jay Z-soundtracked The Great Gatsby assuming that the kindest, smartest approach would be to forget there was ever a book behind it. Surprisingly, the film is more attached to F. Scott Fitzgerald than I expected, and that turns out to be its do...

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    Two Other Gatsbys, Two Better Nicks

    The Great Gatsby is both irresistible to filmmakers and notoriously hard to adapt. All that color and glamour comes crashing up against the eloquence of Fitzgerald's prose and the ineffability of Gatsby's dreams. Baz Luhrmann's new version gives us a wondrous performance by Leonardo DiCaprio as...

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    Bette Midler on Broadway in I'll Eat You Last

    Bette Midler on Broadway in I'll Eat You Last

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    With 'The Great Gatsby,' Does Baz Luhrmann Prove He's More Gratuitous Than Michael Bay?

    The least interesting aspects of Baz Luhrmann's unsurprisingly lavish near-musical adaptation of "The Great Gatsby" come from the source material. That should surprise exactly no one. More to the point, the sprawling tale of millionaire loner Jay Gatsby (a confident Leonardo DiCaprio) yearning to be...

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    'Mad Men' Reminds Us What Don is Like at His Irresistible, Self-Concerned Best

    Our recap and analysis of "For Immediate Release," the May 5, 2013 episode of "Mad Men."

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    Review Roundup: 'The Great Gatsby' A Swooning But Excessive Piece of Cinema (TRAILER)

    The reviews are in for Baz Luhrmann's epically mounted display of bacchanalia "The Great Gatsby," which opens in the US on Friday before premiering again at Cannes on May 15. As expected, the film is incredibly divisive.

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    Critics Aren't Dazzled By 'Gatsby': A Recap of the Reviews So Far

    A handful of reviews are in for "The Great Gatsby," which opens in just a few days on May 10 and kicks off the Cannes Film Festival on May 15. Pushed back six months from its original December release, Baz Luhrmann's glimmering 3D adaptation of the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel has garnered as m...

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    Review & Recap: The Scheming Continues In 'Game Of Thrones' Season 3, Episode 6 'The Climb'

    Welcome back Throne Gamers, whether you want to be or not! This week's episode, "The Climb," directed by Alik Sakharov, continues to dwell on the scheming and interpersonal machinations of those who happen to have a bit of power in Westeros, who are all desperately trying to pull one over on the per...

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    Review: 'The Great Gatsby' Is A Decadently Empty Tale Of Empty Decadence & Impossible Love

    The distinctive, vista-obsessed movies of Baz Luhrmann are nothing if not stylish, generally flamboyant and lavish in their candy-colored visual treatments. Subtlety has never been of much interest to the Australian filmmaker who has leaned heavily on melodrama and romantic fairy tales told in a pas...

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    REVIEW: Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby' Wows with Audacious 3-D Visuals, Sags Dramatically

    "The Great Gatsby" is a guilty pleasure, a swirling, audacious piece of cinema --in 3-D!--that could prove a crowdpleaser for young audiences. Set during the Roaring Twenties, the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel has been a fave of high school and college kids for decades. It plays young, partly be...

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