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    Beasts of the Southern Wild

    Beasts of the Southern Wild is the perfect example of how to make a movie in this new post recession world.  Take a great script, make it for a price and then let the movie stand on its merits.  And yes, the awards and great reviews it has received since the premiere at Sundance earlier th...

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    Critic's Notebook: From 'Battleship' to 'G.I. Joe,' Hasbro Continues to Dominate Hollywood. Will Better Movies Ever Make a Comeback?

    Toy and game manufacturer Hasbro has become a major Hollywood player. Hasbro. You may have thought at one point or another that the Hollywood bar couldn’t get any lower. Then this.

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    Magic Mike—movie review

    All the women I know are hot to see this movie. So were the women who packed the screening I attended, and they made their feelings known during the opening strip-club number—just like the adoring women onscreen. Then the story kicked in and everything changed.

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    People Like Us—movie review

    Alex Kurtzman has an imposing list of writing and producing credits, mostly with his partner Roberto Orci, including such commercial hits as the 'Transformers' movies, the reboot of 'Star Trek', and 'Mission: Impossible III'… but for his directing debut (written with Orci and Jody Lambert) he has ch...

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  • The Playlist
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    L.A. Film Fest Review: 'Beauty Is Embarrassing' Is A Laugh Out Loud Portrait Of The Wild & Wacky Wayne White

    “Beauty is Embarrassing” is such a warm, laugh out loud charmer of a documentary thanks entirely to its subject, the wild and wonderful Wayne White, that it leaves you wondering, just where has this delightful man been all this time? And that’s the question “Beauty is Embarrassing” posits too -- ser...

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    Weekend Preview: 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' is Essential Viewing; Don't Judge 'Magic Mike' by its Package

    If you only see one movie this weekend, make sure it's Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts of the Southern Wild," which we'll all be talking about until Oscar night 2013 and beyond. This is the kind of film that makes you believe in magic; heartbreaking, one-of-a-kind and debuting force-of-nature Quvenzhané Wall...

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    Stoneface

    I’m wary of plays that deal with historic movie figures or incidents. If they’re overly glib, or play fast-and-loose with the facts, I lose patience pretty fast. I didn’t feel that way about Vanessa Claire Stewart’s 'Stoneface: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Buster Keaton', which has been held over a...

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: Seth MacFarlane's Foul-Mouthed & Hilarious 'Ted' Can't Hide Its Narrative Problems

    The comedic formula practiced, developed and recycled by animation creator Seth MacFarlane on his collection of wildly popular animated shows (“Family Guy,” “American Dad!” and “The Cleveland Show”), is to tell a fairly standard, often hackneyed, sitcom-worthy story, embellish it with omg! "taboo" p...

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    L.A. Film Fest Review: 'La Camioneta' Provides An Intimate And Hopeful Look At Modern Migration

    The Guatemalan documentary “La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus,” from American director Mark Kendall, sheds light on a little known connection between the United States and Central America. After discovering that most of Guatemala’s public transportation buses – known as camionetas...

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    Rotten Tomatoes' Matt Atchity Takes on Critics and Movie Tastemaking

    In MediaBistro's recent "So What Do You Do?" interview with Rotten Tomatoes' editor-in-chief Matt Atchity, he weighs in on the state of film criticism, the discrepancy between critics and the public, and the "pitfall" of journalists being too "indie-focused." Come again?

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