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    Prisoners

    Every parents’ nightmare is vividly depicted in "Prisoners," the first Hollywood feature from talented Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, who brought us the chilling Oscar nominee "Incendies."

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    The Wizard Of Oz

    "The Wizard of Oz" looks as beautiful as ever; its exquisite production design and use of Technicolor as dazzling as it must have seemed in 1939.

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    This Weekend: Oscar Season Hits Theaters with Holofcener's Must-See 'Enough Said,' Howard's 'Rush,' Villeneuve's 'Prisoners' and More

    Oscar season rolls into theaters this weekend with three well-reviewed titles that could see some awards play: Ron Howard's "Rush," Denis Villeneuve's "Prisoners" and Nicole Holofcener's "Enough Said."

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    Review: Does the David Sedaris Adaptation 'C.O.G' Work If You Don't Know the Source Material?

    Touted as the first feature-length adaptation of comic writer David Sedaris' work, Kyle Patrick Alvarez's "C.O.G" arrived at the Sundance Film Festival with plenty of hype generated by fans of the original. A short story from the author's anthology "Naked," it's the kind of low key, reflective story...

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    Review: Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal Carry Kidnapping Drama 'Prisoners,' But Is The Story Too Familiar?

    A first-rate ensemble procedural with weighty themes to spare, Quebecois director Denis Villeneuve's tense kidnapping drama "Prisoners" revolves around a familiar set of genre ingredients but lays them out with expert precision. Similar to Villeneuve's Oscar-nominated "Incendies," the director's fir...

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    Existimatum Criticizes the Critics

    A new site grades movies reviewers on their writing, and purports to separate the reliable from the un-.

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    ANIME REVIEW: "The Rose of Versailles"

    The Rose of Versailles makes American daytime soap operas feel restrained, but it scored an enormous hit in Japan. More than 15 million books of the manga have been sold world-wide. Right Stuff has just released the complete anime series on two-four disc sets - and here is my review.

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    Review Roundup: Ron Howard's 'Rush,' Starring Hemsworth and Bruhl, a Thrilling and Unconventional Formula 1 Epic UPDATED

    Strong reviews continue to come in for Ron Howard's "Rush," which hits theaters September 20. Starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl (who generated Supporting Actor Oscar buzz at the recently wrapped TIFF) as real-life Formula 1 rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda, the film is a "virtuoso feat" (per...

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    Review: Nicole Holofcener's 'Enough Said' Starring James Gandolfini, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Catherine Keener & More

    The one constant surprise about getting older is that the ongoing lesson you soon learn is that you'll never figure it all out. Whatever you seemed confident and sure about at twenty becomes more nuanced by thirty and by the time you're seeing forty on the horizon, what was important two decades ago...

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    INSIDIOUS, CHAPTER 2: The Haunting of the American Male

    The Insidious films take place in an America haunted by faded dreams of a prosperity provided by a loved and respected father. In James Wan’s vision this patriarchal figure has been replaced by a maniacal presence brooding in the dark corners of a house where women are the strongest presence and me...

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