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    The Lone Ranger

    What were they thinking? I kept asking myself that question as I plodded through the boring first hour of this elaborate but elephantine Western.

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    Review: Michael Winterbottom's 'The Look Of Love' Starring Steve Coogan

    While stylishly capturing the verve, exotica, and free-spirited mojo of swinging '60s London, uber-prolific English director Michael Winterbottom's portrait of legendary U.K. smut impresario Paul Raymond is otherwise a shallow misfire.

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    With Public Protests Continuing In Egypt, Watch '1/2 Revolution' In Rememberance Of The 2011 Uprising

    I'm sure most of you have been paying attention to what we could say is effectively another revolution in Egypt since the early 2011 uprising that eventually led to then president Hosni Mubarak stepping down, only to be replaced by military rule; and thus, what has come to be known as the "Egyptian ...

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    Review: 2013 Berlinale World Cinema Fund Selection 'Fidai'

    Review: 2013 Berlinale World Cinema Fund Selection 'Fidai'

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    Review: 'Despicable Me 2' Starring Steve Carell & Kristen Wiig

    The original "Despicable Me," released back in 2010 by Illumination Entertainment (a mini-Pixar that would go on to release "Hop" and "The Lorax") was, at its best, an easily forgettable trifle with a handful of hummable songs by Pharrell Williams. It concerned a super-villain named Gru (Steve Carel...

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    Review: 'The Way, Way Back' Cost Fox Searchlight $10 Million. Was It Worth It?

    If there's one positive result from distributor Fox Searchlight's decision at the Sundance Film Festival to pay nearly $10 million for "The Way, Way Back," it should be this: It will remind people about "Adventureland," a far superior movie about an awkward, frustrated teen spending his summer worki...

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    'Venus Vs.' Review: Venus Williams Fights for Gender Equality at Wimbledon in Ava DuVernay's Rousing Sports Doc

    Ava DuVernay’s skilled documentary “Venus Vs.,” which debuts on ESPN July 2, charts Venus Williams’ two-year battle from 2005 to 2007 for equal prize money among genders at Wimbledon. In the film, sports journalist Howard Bryant explains that it takes a certain collision of factors for someone to be...

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    Review: Ava DuVernay Highlights Tennis Star's Activism in Exciting Doc 'Venus Vs.' (Airs Tonight)

    I remember the first time I saw Venus Williams on television- tall, lean, with a tennis racquet in her hand, and multicolored beads in her braids. I didn’t grow up playing or watching tennis, but there was something about her and those beads that spoke to me.

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    'Ray Donovan': The Next Big Thing? Debuts to Record Ratings

    The terrific new series "Ray Donovan" is premiering on Showtime Sunday night -- and you should be watching it rather than reading this. If the show fulfills the promise of its pilot episode it could turn out to be one of the great ones, an ideal anecdote for those of us who expect to be suffering f...

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    Amy Nicholson Lands Karina Longworth Slot at LA Weekly

    Film critic Amy Nicholson, who left her film editor gig during cutbacks at Boxoffice Magazine last year, has signed on as full-time staff film critic at LA Weekly, effectively replacing Karina Longworth, who ankled the paper in 2012 to write books on Meryl Streep and Al Pacino.

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