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    Director John Hillcoat and Screenwriter Nick Cave Talk 'Lawless'

    At Cannes, I sat down with the director and screenwriter of "Lawless," John Hillcoat and Nick Cave, who also wrote "The Proposition." This gorgeously mounted period adaptation of "The Wettest County in the World," which is palying out around the country, about the real-...

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    Weekend Preview: Eastwood's 'Trouble,' Gyllenhaal's 'Watch' & 'The Perks of Being A Wallflower'

    Among the many new releases arriving this weekend, David Ayer's visceral, you-are-there LA cop drama "End of Watch" boasts outstanding performances from Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena, which may or may not support Open Road's ultra-wide (2800) theater break. The film did gain some buzz in Toronto,...

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    Review: 'War Of The Buttons' Feels Like An Early '90s Miramax Reject

    It’s World War II, and France faces a hostile Nazi occupation. You wouldn’t know it from the children, however, as “War of the Buttons” uses the war as a macro-micro contrast with the tale of a group of youths protecting their territory from a group of would-be mini-hooligans. The troops may be copi...

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    Review: 'Head Games' A Rich, Eye-Opening & In Depth Look At The Concussion Crisis In Sports

    It takes just under twenty minutes in Steve James' riveting documentary "Head Games" until we see a brain getting sliced open. And while that's the lone visually queasy moment in the movie, the startling facts and figures presented in the film may still make your stomach churn. Given that the movie ...

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    Review: 'House At The End Of The Street' Is Like 'Twilight' Meets 'The Devil's Rejects' (And Totally Awful)

    All of the promotional materials for the woeful new horror film "House at the End of the Street" promote it as your standard cheap-o chiller – a plucky blonde with a fondness for clingy cotton T-shirts, Jennifer Lawrence is doggedly menaced by backwoods psychos after leaving her urban upbringing for...

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    Trouble With The Curve—movie review

    There’s no reason 'Trouble with the Curve' should play as well as it does; it’s formulaic and utterly predictable. But it flows so well, and the cast is so likable, that it’s hard to resist.

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    The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

    It’s rare that a novelist gets the chance to adapt his own best-selling book and direct it as well. Stephen Chbosky waited more than a decade to get that opportunity, but it’s paid off for him in 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower'.

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    End Of Watch—movie review

    David Ayer grew up in the volatile neighborhood of South Central L.A. and has mined his experiences in such films as 'Training Day' and 'Harsh Times.' He has a particular fascination with the L.A.P.D., but 'End of Watch,' which he wrote and directed, isn’t simply more of the same.

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    Fantastic Fest Review: With ‘Frankenweenie,' Tim Burton Revives Pet Project, Returns to Form

    "Frankenweenie" is probably Tim Burton’s best film in almost a decade, but that’s not much of a compliment. With his last five films, the filmmaker responsible for some of the most fun, mischievous and magical cinema of the past 25 years has settled into a disappointing routine of utterly safe “w...

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    Fantastic Fest Review: 'Frankenweenie' Is an Old-School Gothic Treat From Tim Burton

    While nearly 30 years have passed since the original stop-motion animated "Frankenweenie" short that presaged Tim Burton's commercial success, the director's faithful feature-length adaptation retains so much of the original's old-school appeal that it could have been made in the same nascent period...

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