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    'Blue Jasmine': Woody Allen's Most Successfully Tragic Yet Witty Film

    Witty about social pretensions, eloquently moving about failure and loss, acerbic about family relations -- Blue Jasmine feels like a rich destination Woody Allen has been heading toward for years. It's as if the sibling drama of Interiors were handled (more successfully) with credibility and humo...

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    Review Roundup: Enthusiastic First Critics' Reactions to Bong Joon-Ho's Sci-Fi Epic 'Snowpiercer' UPDATED

    The first reviews have landed for Bong Joon-ho's dystopian sci-fi entry "Snowpiercer," starring a sprawling cast headed by Tilda Swinton, Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Jamie Bell and Octavia Spencer. Variety calls the film "visually stunning and richly satisfying," while Twitch writes that the film's s...

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    BOOK REVIEW: "The Art Of Turbo"

    The Art of Turbo revels in details that nicely complement a viewing of the film. Overall, Robert Abele's book is strongest in conveying the conceptions behind the film, and the insights and ideas of the designers and artists.

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    Rooftop Films Review: 'i hate myself :)' Is A Raw & Intimate Look At Sex, Self And Cinematic Truth

    In France in 1961, Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin directed a film (“Chronicle of a Summer”) in which they interviewed a group of diverse Parisians about whether or not they were happy, in a series of man on the street interviews, boozy dinner parties, and casual conversations, with the directors themsel...

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    Edgar Wright's 'The World's End,' Starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, Provides A Clever Respite From Summer Blockbusters

    The genius of "Shaun of the Dead," as the countless fans of the cult hit know, was that it worked as a comedy without satirizing its genre roots. "The World's End" keeps this careful balance intact.

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    Review: Edgar Wright's 'The World's End' Starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman & More

    As the completion of Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s thus-far endlessly watchable Cornetto Trilogy, “The World’s End” is probably the funniest movie I’ve ever felt really disappointed by. Like “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” before it, their collaboration once again produces some of the...

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    Here Are Indiewire's Top 10 Articles of the Week: 'Blackfish' Vs. SeaWorld, 2013 Emmy Nominations, Ryan Gosling Talks 'Only God Forgives' and More

    Even as some of the summer's most anticipated independent releases ("Only God Forgives," "The Act of Killing") hit theaters, it was Gabriela Cowperthwaite's indictment of SeaWorld's mistreatment of killer whales, "Blackfish," that gained the most attention this week, receiving praise from critics an...

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    Takashi Miike's 'Shield of Straw' Fantasia Fest Review

    The most enthusiastic audiences in the world are in Montreal -- specifically at Fantasia Fest, the horror-fantasy-genre extravaganza that opened last night with a double bill of Warner Bros.: “The Conjuring,” to which Fantasia fans were provided a sneak peak before its theatrical opening today; and ...

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    'The Conjuring,' 'Beneath' and the Triumph of Old-School Horror

    Without effects or gimmicks, two movies get scares the old-fashioned way.

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