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    Review: Napster Documentary 'Downloaded'

    If you were lucky enough to have regular access to a computer and a reliable internet connection in the late '90s/early '00s, you were undoubtedly asked by those also online, "Are you on Napster?" In today's world where music can be streamed and downloaded through an endless array of legal options, ...

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    Karlovy Vary Review: ’The Stone Roses: Made Of Stone'

    “That’s going straight in the scrapbook” says director Shane Meadows early on in his music documentary “The Stone Roses: Made of Stone” which played at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival today, having already opened in early June in the U.K. and Ireland. He’s referring to a scribbled note left to him by...

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    Review: 'The Way, Way Back' Starring Sam Rockwell, Steve Carell, Toni Collette & More

    Back in 2012, “The Descendants” took home the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, and most people were probably surprised to see Alexander Payne (a previous winner for “Sideways” and nominee for “Election”) flanked by Dean Pelton from “Community” and that dude from “Club Dread.” For the first time in...

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    Review: Kevin Hart's New Stand-Up Movie 'Let Me Explain'

    Typically summer is the season for giant space ships and costumed superheroes and explosions that are so lovingly reproduced in the theater that you can feel your fillings rattling inside your teeth. It is not, typically, the season for low budget concert comedy specials. Kevin Hart, whose new conce...

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    Critics' Best Shots at The Lone Ranger

    Some movies critics dislike. Others, like The Lone Ranger, make them mad.

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    This Weekend: Head to Disney's Big-Budget Western 'The Lone Ranger,' Sundance Hit 'The Way, Way Back' and 'Despicable Me 2'

    This holiday weekend, two family-oriented tentpoles will be vying for American eyeballs: Disney's cinematic "The Lone Ranger" and Universal's "Despicable Me 2." We recommend both.

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    Review: 'Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me' Documents The Greatest Band Who Never Made It

    Billed as the definitive story of the greatest band who never made it, the new rock documentary "Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me" will no doubt be a must-see for serious music aficionados who already know every note the power pop group ever recorded. But what they may not be as familiar with is just h...

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    REVIEW: "Despicable Me 2"

    Will Gru foil his plot to turn the Minions into a murderous mini-army that will enable him to rule the world? Do Gru and Lucy end up together? Anyone who doesn't know the answers to these questions 20 minutes into the film hasn’t been inside a movie theater in the last several years.

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    Farewell My Criticwire

    Your first -- but not last -- Criticwire editor bids farewell and introduces you to his successor.

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