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    Now and Then: After the Storm, Portraits of Tenacity in Recovery

    As a resident of a city whose history of storms — and their concomitant unnatural disasters — is troubled at best, I watched Sandy warily but distantly. Thing always look different outside the "cone of uncertainty." The images coming in from the Northeast this morning put me in a more solemn frame o...

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    Savannah Fest Review: Contemporary Approach & Old Fashioned Message Clash In Rom-Com 'Missed Connections'

    That chance encounter, or the moment of love at first sight -- these have been the familiar building blocks of romantic comedies for decades, not to mention that New York City is a common backdrop against which these stories can play out. And yet, both audiences and filmmakers remain drawn to these ...

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    Review: What You Should See Before You See 'Wreck-It Ralph'

    Review: What You Should See Before You See 'Wreck-It Ralph'

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    Scary Movies 6: 'Maniac' Remake Is A Perversely Pleasurable Mixture Of Pop Psychology And Slasher Movie Sleaze

    Of course Alexandre Aja and Gregory Levasseur, the dirtbag auteurs that turned Joe Dante's gleeful "Jaws" send up "Piranha" into "Piranha 3D," a hilarious, excessively violent screed about American over-indulgence, would spearhead a remake of 1980's "Maniac," a notoriously misogynistic Bill Lustig h...

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    The Harry Langdon Mystique

    If Harry Langdon is the neglected figure from the pantheon of great silent-comedy stars, Chuck Harter and Michael J. Hayde have done their best to rectify that situation in a massive, and exhaustive, new book. A whopping 686 oversized pages, it resembles a phone directory for a mid-sized city as muc...

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    'Cloud Atlas' Sharply (and Kind of Weirdly) Divides Critics

    They generally agree about what this sci-fi epic is -- they just can't agree whether they like it or not.

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    13 Indie Horror Movies From 2012 to Watch on Halloween

    Last year, Indiewire inaugurated a new tradition by singling out 13 recent indie horror movies in time for Halloween. The truth is that great horror cinema surfaces all year long, but the national holiday presents a nice opportunity to champion films too often dismissed by the faint-hearted mainstre...

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    Review: 'Dust Up' Is A Hipster Apocalypse Western, Like Alex Cox Doing 'Mad Max'

    No budget, no problem. The seams show often in “Dust Up,” an unapologetically silly action comedy that feels as if it was produced entirely from the loose change found on all of Brooklyn’s collective bar tops. Complimenting the jaunty original score and songs from Spindrift and Gram Rabbit are stock...

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    Weekend Preview: Julia Loktev's Psychological Slow Burner 'The Loneliest Planet,' An Ambitious but Flawed 'Cloud Atlas'

    While "Cloud Atlas" gets all the attention this weekend (good and bad), several other films are worth checking out for those not interesting in spending nearly three hours watching movie stars play multiple parts (races, genders, etc) to a mostly unsatisfying conclusion. While ambitious an...

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    Review: ‘Silent Hill: Revelation’ A Silly, Artless & Depressing Sequel

    The problem with movies based on video games (or movies that try to capture the video game experience) is that they always come across like watching someone else play a video game. These movies might have budget-pushing effects and plotlines that mimic the follow-the-clues narrative of most games, b...

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