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    Review: Dustin Hoffman's 'Quartet' Is An Amiable, Harmless Showcase For Brit Acting Talent

    Dustin Hoffman has taken 45 years as both one of our most acclaimed actors, and as a major box office draw, to step behind the camera. In fact, that's not strictly true; Hoffman was the original director of his terminally underrated 1978 crime picture "Straight Time," but struck by indecisiveness ea...

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    PROMISED LAND

    I give this movie’s costars and creators, Matt Damon and John Krasinski, credit for making a “message movie” as palatable and entertaining as 'Promised Land.'

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    'Django Unchained': Why Spike Lee Refuses to See It, More Reviews UPDATED

    Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," which opened Christmas Day, played well at the DGA screening I attended, as well as the subsequent L.A Academy screening. Audiences are flocking to see it (we'll do the box office numbers on Thursday) and critics love it (89% on Rotten Tomatoes, 80% on MetaCr...

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    'Les Miserables' Review Round-Up; Detractors Could Hurt Musical's Oscar Bid

    Christmas Day saw two new openings of award-season contenders, "Les Miserables" and "Django Unchained." (We will parse their box office on Thursday.) But judging from social media chatter as well as reviews, it is clear that Tom Hooper's approach to the musical may be too radical for many moviegoers...

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    Review: ‘Tabu’ Is Magic Realism In Rapture, As Only The Language Of Cinema Can Tell It

    The following article is a reprint of our review that ran during the Toronto Interntional Film Festival. Keep an eye on this one too. It's been released very late in the year, but we suspect you'll be seeing it on many of our top 10 lists.

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    Critical Consensus: Carrie Rickey and Anne Thompson Discuss 'Django Unchained,' 'Les Miserables' and Other Fall Movies

    Critical Consensus: Carrie Rickey and Anne Thompson Discuss 'Django Unchained,' 'Les Miserables' and Other Fall Movies

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    DVD Review: 'The Words' Has A Serious Case of Writer's Block

    It would be easy to come away from "The Words" with the impression that writing is a stiff, musty line of work — all grand ballrooms, solemn readings, and blue-blooded accents, a veritable Titanic of pretensions. This would be a mistake. The only sinking ship here is the film itself.

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    'Django Unchained' Opens Big Today; What We Thought + What You Thought...

    Since Django Unchained opened today, Christmas Day, to impressive numbers ($10 to $13 million according to Deadline, opening on 3,010 screens), and some other outlets are releasing their reviews, I thought we'd remind you all that both Sergio and Tambay saw the film and reviewed it sep...

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    DJANGO UNCHAINED

    If you had pulled me out of the theater one hour into Quentin Tarantino’s 'Django Unchained,' I would have raved. The first portion of the movie is utterly exuberant, full of life and the love of moviemaking.

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    LES MISÉRABLES

    As an ardent fan of the musical stage play 'Les Misérables' and its vibrant songs, I had high hopes for this elaborate screen adaptation.

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