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    How 'Man of Steel' Makes Every Other Superman Movie Look Like an Indie

    Instead of making a blockbuster Superman movie, Zack Snyder has turned the Superman narrative into yet another modern day blockbuster.

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    Review: 'Man Of Steel' Directed By Zack Snyder, Starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams & Michael Shannon

    In the opening scenes of Zack Snyder's “Man of Steel,” the planet of Krypton announces itself with the director's customary visual smorgasbord: canyons bathed in stark golden light, frenzied aerial battles for the planet's future, and a host of CGI creatures and machinery zipping around. It is a gar...

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    Review: 'Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer'

    "Free Pussy Riot!" became a familiar rallying cry on social media throughout 2012. When five members of the feminist punk rock collective Pussy Riot enacted a guerilla performance of "Punk Prayer - Mother of God, Chase Putin Away!" in Moscow's biggest Orthodox Church, three of them were arrested and...

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    DVD Review: 'Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick' on the Life of William Wellman a Welcome Bio-Doc (CLIPS)

    Kino Lorber’s upcoming DVD release of “Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick” about the life of director William Wellman, is welcome for a couple of reasons. One: In the Great Filmography of American cinema, Wellman, much like Howard Hawks, is a bit like Zelig. He’s everywhere. He made perhaps THE archetypa...

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    Why 'Mud' Is the Best Southern Film in Years

    With grosses approaching $20 million and still going strong, the breakout box-office success of Jeff Nichols' "Mud" seems to have surprised many people. But reading The Wrap's report that the film "has played very strongly in the South" surprised me not at all, because "Mud" is the best Southern fil...

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    Review & Recap: 'Game Of Thrones' Season 3 Episode 10, 'Mhysa' Draws Things To A Close (For Now)

    Well, after last week's horrible trauma, which I'm not sure everyone has gotten over, "Game of Thrones" returns with a final episode of the third season, "Mhysa," that lets us lick our wounds and offers some uplifting moments to temper all that violence and nihilism (don't worry, there's still plent...

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    Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer Premieres Tonight on HBO

    If one had any doubts about the vibrancy of international feminism today, one need only watch the new documentary Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer which premieres tonight on HBO to have those doubts fully allayed. The film tells the story of three young women Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (Nadia) Maria Alyokhina...

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    With 'Monsters University,' Has Pixar Lost Its Street Cred?

    Once upon a time, in a land that now looks so magical it could have been dreamed up, Pixar carried the virtues of an independent studio that delivered brainy alternatives to simplistic studio-produced animation. "Monsters University" is the latest example that things have changed.

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    Here Are Indiewire's Top 10 Articles of the Week: 2012's Best On Netflix, WGA's Top Shows of All Time, 'Hannibal' and More

    It was a week low on film news and heavy on television as the independent film world largely seemed to take a break for recoupment following last week's closing of the Cannes Film Festival. The Writer's Guild of America announced their choices for the 101 best written television shows of all time, w...

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    Review: 'Wish You Were Here' Starring Joel Edgerton & Teresa Palmer

    Although its title implies either a whimsical journey of self-discovery or an ironic riposte to the vacation from hell, the story of “Wish You Were Here” is, in either context, a disappointingly pedestrian experience. The story of a husband and father trying to return to his normal life after a vaca...

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