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    Obit: Roger Ebert was a Superman

    Sad news. Roger Ebert has died of complications of cancer. The legendary and indefatigable Pulitzer-prize-winning film critic had announced Tuesday that he was taking a "leave of presence," per his journal on the Chicago Sun-Times. Since December he had been recovering in a Chicago rehab facility fr...

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    Weekend Preview: Critics Rate Boyle, Carruth, and Redford Thrillers 'Trance,' 'Upstream Color,' and 'The Company You Keep'

    Ready for intrigue at the movies this weekend? A batch of enigmatic and mysterious thrillers are hitting theaters, with varying critical results. Danny Boyle's "Trance," starring James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassel, is getting praise for its hypnotically high-watt aesthetic, but critics ...

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    Review: Antonio Campos Returns with Sexy, Disturbing 'Simon Killer,' Q & A

    "Simon Killer" marks the second feature by Antonio Campos, who previously wrote and directed the Cannes Un Certain Regard selection "Afterschool" (2008). "Simon Killer" is an icy exercise in troubled masculinity, and a bold pronouncement of cinematic style that's as strong an American indie as any i...

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    Danny Boyle's 'Trance': James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson and Twisted Memories

    Playing a sophisticated London auctioneer, James McAvoy gazes into the camera with cool, nerveless clarity as his voiceover gives us the inside tricks of protecting and stealing a painting. This opening sequence of Danny Boyle's Trance is no more than exposition with a dash of red herring, a...

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    Review: 'Bert Stern: Original Mad Man' Keeps Its Subject In Fuzzy Focus

    We've seen an explosion in fashion world documentaries over the past years with "The September Issue," "Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel," "Bill Cunningham New York," "In Vogue: The Editor's Eye" and so much more all casting various perspectives on an industry that has seen haute couture fall r...

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    Review: With Rousing Reggae Soundtrack, 'Fire in Babylon' Is Insightful, Informative & Inspiring

    Review: With Rousing Reggae Soundtrack, 'Fire in Babylon' Is Insightful, Informative & Inspiring

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    DVD/VOD Review - 'Unthinkable' (Samuel L Jackson Yells A Lot And Does Some Bad Things)

    What a silly exercise Unthinkable is. It's just not very good! In fact, for a film centered on material of such gravity, it's more comical than it likely intended to be. I laughed. A lot. From Samuel L. Jackson's usual obnoxious screaming-man routine, to the film's preposterous setups, horrible, hac...

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    Review - Shola Lynch's Sobering, Candid 'Free Angela & All Political Prisoners' (Opens Friday)

    Question: You had a pretty bourgeois and comfortable childhood, in Birmingham; and so did your sister [Angela]; can you trace the development of someone from that kind of background into a revolutionary and Marxist person?

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    Gaming Preview: Oddworld Inhabitants

    The first games I played that felt more like a world and less like a game get a new lease on life later this year in Abe’s Oddysee: New n’ Tasty; an HD remake of a classic game from UK game developers Just Add Water.

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