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    Review & Round-Up: 'Snow White and The Huntsman' Wants To Be Everything It's Not

    "Snow White and the Huntsman" made a brave choice with first-time feature director Rupert Sanders, and the result is a muddled riff that wants to be "Lord of the Rings," "Braveheart," Robin Hood," "Willow" and "Alice in Wonderland" all at once. Universal beat the fairytale-revival ‪piñata‬ and this ...

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    Review: 'Piranha 3DD' Dutifully Fails To Be In On The Joke

    If you're gonna go for it, go for it. That was the philosophy Alexandre Aja pursued for the bleakly funny "Piranha 3D," an orgy of death and dismemberment that indulged in the hedonism of spring break before letting loose swarms of genetically-superior fish that were decidedly playing for keeps. As ...

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    Hollywood’s First 3-D Revolution

    As 3-D continues to amuse, bemuse, frustrate, and bilk the moviegoing public, little attention is paid to the sweeping events that dominated the year 1953, when the medium revolutionized Hollywood for a tantalizingly brief period of time. There is so much misinformation about the first great wave of...

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    Review: ‘Hide Away’ Has A Great Performance By Josh Lucas Nearly Suffocated By A Truly Lousy Movie

    John Lucas is one of those actors who, mathematically at least, ought to be a movie star. He’s been a part of several high profile projects that should have launched him into the starry stratosphere (he was the romantic lead in Reese Witherspoon’s hit “Sweet Home Alabama;” a heavy in Ang Lee’s “Hulk...

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    Review: 'Snow White & the Huntsman' Is A Beautiful Slog

    2012 has already delivered one big-budget movie based on the classic Grimm Brothers' fairy tale "Snow White." Earlier this spring arrived Tarsem's fizzy, Bollywood-ish "Mirror Mirror," which saw Julia Roberts vamping it up as the evil queen, surrounded by the most cheesily phony-looking sets this si...

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    Review: Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus' Is A Gorgeous, Fascinating Muddle Of Ideas That Can't Stick The Landing

    Ambition is a rare thing in movies these days, especially when it comes to summer blockbuster fare. There might be ambitions to blow up bigger things, or include more bad guys, or feature more stars, but in terms of real ambition -- telling big stories, about big subjects, on a huge canvas -- only a...

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    Review Round-Up and Featurette: Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" Promises Serious Eye-Candy

    Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" premieres in the U.S. on June 8, but after overseas debuts in France, Russia, and England critics have inked their responses and some spoiler-heavy ones at that. The handful of critics who published early reviews agree that the film's visuals are stunning and Ridley Scot...

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    Now and Then: Tilda Swinton's Big Crack-Up

    Tilda Swinton is a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown. She's been sent reeling by the loneliness of a Russian winter, the carnal passions of an Italian chef, a kidnapping conspiracy, two murderous sons, and a class-action lawsuit. In fact, it's her affinity for such crack-ups that have made h...

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    Josh Lucas in Chris Eyre's Eloquent "Hide Away"

    Josh Lucas usually plays the charming sidekick or caddish ex-boyfriend, and more recently starred as the hunted-down lawyer in the predictable, quickly-cancelled television version of The Firm. He gets a better chance and gives a powerfully touching performance in Chris Eyre’s eloquent, b...

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