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    Immersed in Movies: Andrew Stanton's Leap of Faith with 'John Carter' (VIDEO)

    So what are we to make of "John Carter"? A fascinating failure, as Anne Thompson has suggested? Another "Dune" that's lovely to look at but short on narrative? Well, Francois Truffaut once wrote that fascinating failures are more memorable than safe successes.

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    Review: 'The Ballad Of Genesis & Lady Jaye' Is A Fascinating Love Story Cum Examination Of Fluid Identity & Pandrogeny

    Going beyond mere ideas of pansexuality, gender reassignment and transgenderdom, the documentary "The Ballad of Genesis & Lady Jaye" centers on the relatively unique notion of pandrogeny -- the concept of a man and woman shedding their individuality and appearance and becoming one and ...

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    What to See, What to Skip: New Reviews this Week

    This week's releases have a little something for everyone.  Among the films opening this week are "John Carter," the project that many are saying is a big-budget potential disaster for Disney; the supposedly shot-in-one-take horror flick "Silent House," starring Eli...

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    Friends With Kids - Written and Directed by Jennifer Westfeldt

    What's interesting about Friends with Kids is that Jennifer Westfeldt has the skills to make a film feel subversive and mainstream at the same time.  The story she tells (which she also produces and directs) is about best friends who want a kid even though they haven't found the partner...

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    John Carter—movie review

    John Carter is far from the disaster it’s been made out to be in some circles…nor is it an unqualified success. It has enough visual effects and production values for three movies, and almost as much story material, which is one of its problems. But it does provide vigorous,  eye-f...

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    Friends With Kids—movie review

    I became an instant fan of Jennifer Westfeldt after seeing the film she co-wrote and starred in, Kissing Jessica Stein, just over a decade ago. For her debut feature as director, writer, and star, she has assembled a powerhouse cast, and devised a comedy (with dramatic undertones) that manages to be...

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    Footnote—movie review

    Another of this year’s Best Foreign Language Film nominees, Footnote may not be as intense or soul-searching as A Separation or In Darkness, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t superior satisfying entertainment. Israeli writer-director Joseph Cedar mines the richest vein in the world fo...

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    Review: 'Good For Nothing' A Straight-Faced Modern Western, No Gimmicks Allowed

    Westerns get a new accent in New Zealand's "Good For Nothing". Enter the universe of this film, and you'll soon know that it's a man's world, with dusty cheeks, spit-slinging bad guys, and danger rattling like a snake around every corner. The gents don't fool around, which explains why the tagline r...

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    Review: Harrowing 'Footnote' Is A Frequently Comic Record Of An Intellectual Apocalypse

    Joseph Cedar's "Footnote" refuses to be easily categorized. This writer pegs it as the offspring of an uneasy marriage between Jean-Pierre Jeunet and the Coen Brothers, circa "Barton Fink," inhabiting a world where emotions frequently bend and shape reality. Probably the most nerve-wracking film eve...

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    Review: 'Salmon Fishing In The Yemen' Is All Heart and No Brain

    Picking on "Salmon Fishing In The Yemen" makes us feel like a bit of a bully, as though we're mercilessly teasing that super nice but incredibly dumb girl in class. It's an affable, inoffensive British comedy that just wants you to like it so much that you can't help but snicke...

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