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    Review - 'Dreams Of A Life' (A Harrowing Reconstruction Of A Life From Collected Fragments)

    With Carol Morley's Dreams Of A Life finally opening in USA theaters today, August 3rd, courtesy of Strand Releasing, Here's my review of the film from February, when I first saw it.

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    Critic's Notebook: Why 'Johnny Guitar,' Now On Blu-ray, Deserves a Second Look

    Most 50's psycho-westerns look at the genre, its heroes and American frontier history they inhabit through a glass darkened by the realities of WWII. "Johnny Guitar" views the western through a Jungian kaleidoscope.

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    Total Recall—movie review

    Does the world need a remake of 'Total Recall'? The 1990 original didn’t look or sound like anything we’d seen before, with its mix of intriguing ideas, cutting-edge special effects, and overblown violence, courtesy of the never-subtle director Paul Verhoeven.

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    Celeste and Jesse Forever—movie review

    Since Hollywood studios seem incapable of crafting a credible—let alone charming—romantic comedy, it remains for someone in the indie world to portray a believable couple an audience can care about. 'Celeste and Jesse Forever' comes tantalizingly close to pulling it off…close enough to recommend it,...

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    REVIEW: 'ParaNorman' Is a Stop-Motion Feast For the Eyes, Less For the Soul

    Stop-motion animation is one of the most resilient techniques in the history of movies.

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    Weekend Preview: 'Total Recall' a Noisy, Shallow, Costly Misfire

    For a reported budget of $200 million, you'd think that if nothing else "Total Recall" would be visually dazzling. Sadly, Len Wiseman's futuristic universe lacks believable depth and texture, and the actors are stuck with a truly uninspired script. A zero-gravity sequence is an exception to the othe...

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    Review: 'Assassin's Bullet' Is A Spectacularly Inept Action Movie

    Even by the admittedly low standards of a basically direct-to-video, shot-in-Bulgaria action thriller starring Christian Slater and Donald Sutherland as a pair of weathered old spies, "Assassin's Bullet" is a fucking chore. It seems to have been created at some kind of magical nexus where sluggish p...

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    Out This Week: A Dozen Reviews of New Indie Releases

    As twelve new indie releases make their way to theaters and VOD later this week, Eric Kohn and other contributors offer their capsule reviews.

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    Locarno Review: Piazza Opening Night Film 'The Sweeney' Pits Gruff Ray Winstone Against Tired Tough Cop Formula

    "The Sweeney" doggedly adheres to a familiar tune that could use some roughing up.

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    Review: 'Total Recall' A Derivative, Dim & Substance-Free Remake

    A pastiche of almost too many movies to count as a remake of just one, “Total Recall” is mindless, middling fare that fails to utilize – much less expand – the provocative concepts at the core of its iconic 1990 predecessor. Len Wiseman, whose “Die Hard” sequel effectively betrayed every one of the ...

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