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    THE HOST

    Having suffered through the last two installments of the heavy-breathing "Twilight Saga," I wasn’t eager to see the latest film based on a novel by Stephenie Meyer. The only reason I had any hope was the presence of Saoirse Ronan in the leading role—and indeed, this uncommonly gifted Irish actress i...

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    THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES

    Filmmaker Derek Cianfrance likes to paint on a big canvas. His last film, "Blue Valentine," chronicled the two extremes of a relationship, from its first spark to its bitter demise. In "The Place Beyond the Pines" he charts the destinies of fathers and sons, and the people closest to them.

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    G.I. JOE: RETALIATION

    I have a terrible confession to make: I missed the first G.I. Joe movie four years ago. That means I can’t compare the details and nuances of that screenplay and the new release, "G.I. Joe: Retaliation." But I can still review it.

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    Review: 'Room 237' An Outstanding, Fascinating & Funny Exploration & Celebration Of 'The Shining'

    Is "The Shining" just a horror movie about a guy who goes berserk in a hotel, or is it subversively about the history of American genocide? Why did Stanley Kubrick use cans of Calumet and Tang in the hotel's storeroom? Were these just random products, or were they each chosen and framed in the camer...

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    Review: Quentin Dupieux's Latest Is More Enjoyably Weird Than 'Wrong'

    Quentin Dupieux directs like David Lynch. On mushrooms. With a head injury. After reading a lot of Haruki Murakami. We promise we mean this in the best way possible, to both Dupieux and those struggling with traumatic brain injury. There are elements of the surrealist auteur's work in the off-kilter...

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    BLANCANIEVES

    It’s almost impossible to write about this black & white silent film without mentioning last year’s sleeper "The Artist." Some critics have chosen to praise the Spanish import at the expense of its Oscar-winning predecessor—perhaps because it was drummed into the front ranks by Harvey Weinstein’s ag...

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    'From Up on Poppy Hill' Review: 60s Coming of Age Romance From Two Miyazakis

    "From Up on Poppy Hill," the latest hand-drawn Studio Ghibli animated feature, might have failed to grab an Oscar nomination last year, but it's an exquisite and engaging movie about young love and preserving the past. GKIDS is expanding the film theatrically next month. (See "From Up on Poppy Hill"...

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    Weekend Preview: Peek Inside 'Room 237' and Visit 'Place Beyond the Pines'; 'The Host' Getting Roasted

    A number of appealing cinematic treats open this weekend. Derek Cianfrance's crime saga "The Place Beyond the Pines," starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes, is receiving solid critical praise, while Rodney Ascher's documentary "Room 237," examining the wonkiest wonks' theories about K...

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    Review: 'The Host' Is A Dopey & Dull Sci-Fi Disaster

    Last fall saw the end of what appeared, for a little while at least, to be a seemingly endless series of "Twilight" films. The moony film series, based on a series of equally moony novels by Mormon housewife Stephenie Meyer, were torturously lengthy, poorly plotted trifles, the stuff of dime-store r...

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    Review: 'The Place Beyond The Pines' A Searing Tale Of Fathers, Sons & The Legacy Of Sins

    Of all the films that premiered at TIFF last year, few arrived under such an air of mystery as Derek Cianfrance's "The Place Beyond The Pines." With only a couple of official images, but no posters or trailers, the tone and scope of the movie remained under wraps prior to its screening. Following "B...

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