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    Review: Potentially Dumb & Fun 'Pain & Gain' Overstays Its Welcome With Unrelentingly Dumb & Unfun Tale

    Big, dumb, ridiculously over-the-top fun. When all else fails, filmmaker Michael Bay, perhaps one of the most unfairly maligned directors of the last two decades, can make it rain and bring the entertaining thunder like no one else. If not the inventor of the modern day supernova-esque blockbuster, ...

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    REVIEW: A Letter To Momo

    Hiroyuki Okiyura's latest directorial effort, A Letter to Momo, which has its Los Angeles premiere at the LA Children’s Film Festival on April 26 at 7:30 pm, is by turns, rude, funny, dramatic and touching.

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    Review: 'Iron Man 3' Is A Solid, Sometimes Surprising Start To Marvel's Phase Two Movies

    After just about as successful a start as you could ask for (three new franchises, and one mega-franchise that kicked off with the third biggest movie of all time), the Marvel movie machine is moving into its next phase. And with it comes the risk of dilution; we're getting at least two movies a yea...

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    Review: 'Sun Don't Shine' Is A Watercolor Wisp Hybrid Of An Indie Relationship Pic & Murder Mystery Movie

    Early on in Amy Seimetz’s “Sun Don’t Shine,” it becomes very clear that this isn’t just your average young-white-couple-with-relationship-problems-on-a-road-trip indie flick. Oh, Crystal and Leo have problems alright. And a bad relationship. And a road trip to go on. But the one very big problem tha...

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    Review: Mira Nair's 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' A Heavy-Handed Look At A Post 9/11 World

    Opening last year’s Venice Film Festival, Mira Nair’s “The Reluctant Fundamentalist,” is an intriguing prospect. The film, an adaptation of the best-selling and acclaimed novel by Mohsin Hamed, had been under the radars of most until its selection, and aside from Kate Hudson, is mostly lacking in th...

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    Tribeca Review: The Terrific 'Hide Your Smiling Faces' Is A Haunting Look At Adolescence

    In a strangely beautiful and unnerving moment, "Hide Your Smiling Faces" opens up with an arresting visual: a close-up of a snake -- its mouth wrapped around a fish, slowly struggling to swallow it whole. It's disturbing, fascinating and the shot lingers with a sense of awe, curiosity and wonder. An...

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    Netflix Streaming Pick Review - 'Bilal's Stand' (Clumsy Production Chokes Heartwarming Story)

    Netflix Streaming Pick Review - 'Bilal's Stand' (Clumsy Production Chokes Heartwarming Story)

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    Review: Norway’s Oscar-Nominated 'Kon-Tiki' Is A Fun Tale Of High Adventure But No More Than That

    Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl’s 1947 raft trip from Peru to Polynesia, which forms the story of “Kon-Tiki,” is already the stuff of legend – particularly overseas. Heyerdahl’s own 1950 book was an international bestseller (indeed this writer remembers a battered paperback knocking around her chi...

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    DVD REVIEW: Looney Tunes Super Stars "Marsupial Mayhem"

    A review of the latest Warner Home Video DVD release, featuring every single one of the Bob McKimson cartoons featuring Hippety Hopper and Sylvester Junior, centered around the delightfully absurd premise of Sylvester and son mistaking a loose baby kangaroo for a giant mouse.

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    Review Roundup: Michael Bay's 'Pain & Gain' Is a Soulless Macho Farce

    I had the misfortune of seeing Michael Bay's "Pain & Gain" at CinemaCon, which Paramount mystifyingly screened to the nation's exhibitors, who tend to be a conservative family-oriented bunch who are always begging the studios to release less R-rated fare. Don't get me wrong.

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