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    Soderbergh's 'Magic Mike' Dangles Its Male Strippers With Skill, But To What End? Answer: Several.

    A masterful craftsman even when directing fluff, Steven Soderbergh remains one of the more fascinating American filmmakers working today. "Magic Mike," has much in common with previous Soderbergh efforts in that it glides along at a terrifically entertaining pace.

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    2012 ABFF Review: Conquering 'Otelo Burning' Finds Joy and Freedom Amidst Turmoil

    Sublime in its rich ocean scenery, where you will indulge in for most of the film, the majestically photographed Otelo Burning is actually set in the South African province of Lamontville in the late 1980’s, around the time when Nelson Mandela was released from prison.

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    Review: The South Will Rise, But Not Like You Expected, In The Pagan, Powerful 'Beasts Of The Southern Wild'

    Written and directed by Benh Zeitlin, whose short, "Glory at Sea," was shot through with purpose and promise, "Beasts of the Southern Wild" is as stirring and striking a film as you could wish for. Shot and set in a Louisiana community called The Bathtub, on the wrong side of the levees that stop th...

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    L.A. Film Fest Review: The Well-Acted 'LUV' Suffers From Gaps In Plausibility

    This year’s L.A. Film Fest has showcased a number of coming of age stories that feature very young characters at their centers. Filmmakers are forging stories as seen from the minds of these children, making use of their innocence and unawareness to present deconstructed interpretations of the world...

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    L.A. Film Fest Review: 'It's A Disaster' Is A Darkly Hilarious Apocalyptic Dramedy That's Anything But Disastrous

    Real time, one setting films are a tricky feat to pull off, stumping even some of the most accomplished directors (have you seen “Carnage”?), but Todd Berger does it with panache in his directorial sophomore feature, a clever take on the apocalypse film, “It’s A Disaster.” Assembling a cast of eight...

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    Now and Then: Hitchcock's First Classic, and an Underrated Modern Descendant

    Alfred Hitchcock had been working as a director for more than a decade when he made "The 39 Steps" (1935), a film that's half trench coats, street lamps, and foreign agents. The other half is English wit, a marriage plot, and a MacGuffin: the first proof, long before his later masterworks, that he w...

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    'Magic Mike' Reveals Himself and Critics Like What They See

    Steven Soderbergh's much anticipated new male stripper movie "Magic Mike" finally screened for critics last night as the closing night film of the Los Angeles Film Festival. So did the film impress like the bodies on display?

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    Early Review Roundup: 'Magic Mike' Has Bare Bods, Backstage Fluffing and Right Amount of Heart

    Early reviews are coming in for Steven Soderbergh's male stripper confection "Magic Mike," last night's closing gala at LA Film Fest. The ever adventurous Soderbergh seems to be in good form...

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    'Beasts of the Southern Wild' Renders a Child's Mind With Vivid Results

    'Beasts of the Southern Wild' Renders a Child's Mind With Vivid Results

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    Review: Compelling 'Ballplayer: Pelotero' Is Exposé On MLB Training Camps In Dominican Republic

    A revealing portrait of one aspect of the business of baseball that may seem like relatively inconsequential business as usual for the average fan here in the USA, but is a matter or survival for those really young men (16-year-olds) who dream of multi-million dollar signing bonuses that will r...

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