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    Review: 'Miss Bala' A Visceral, Layered Look At The Mexican War On Drugs

    Cinema, television and even the music world have always had a somewhat romantic notion of the drug trade. Guys like Scarface and Omar from "The Wire" are seen as badasses making their way, while hip-hop has a whole sub-genre dedicated to raps about slinging crack. And while in our homes and on our i...

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    Review: 'Red Tails' Is A Hoary Mixture Of Jingoistic Clichés & Newfangled Technology

    George Lucas has been pretty outspoken about how difficult his "Red Tails" was to get made – that he had to finance it himself, and when he showed it to studio heads they weren't much interested. And he's framed these stories around race, saying that the reason that "Red Tails" was summarily rejecte...

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    "The City Dark" Will Make You Scared of the Light

    This review was originally published during the 2011 SXSW Film Festival on March 13, 2011.

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    Online French Film Festival Takes On Teen Angst and Race Relations

    The films on offer at the online and VOD My French Film Festival, now in its second year and running through February 1, are a selection of 13 features (10 in competition, three out of competition) from French filmmakers that haven't received theatrical distribution in the U.S. An eight-person jury ...

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    Critical Consensus: James Rocchi and Drew McWeeny Discuss 'Ides of March,' 'Paranormal Activity' and Sundance

    Hitfix film critic Drew McWeeny and MSN Movies critic James Rocchi discuss two new DVD releases: "The Ides of March" and "Paranormal Activity 3." They also touch on their anticipated Sundance films at the end of the discussion.

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    Walloping Action In Soderbergh's Haywire, Plus Fassbender And McGregor

    When a man is contracted to kill kickass undercover agent Mallory Kane, he says with mild curiosity, “I’ve never done a woman before,” and gets the perfect deadpan reply: “You shouldn’t think of her as being a woman. That would be mistake.” That doesn’t...

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    Review: 'The Grey' Pits Stock Characters Against Cartoon Wolves

    It wasn’t long ago that Liam Neeson was considered a prestigious name in film. Though his early career was peppered with genre roles, “Schindler’s List” put him on the map as an awards-friendly leading man. But in the past few years, Neeson has reinvented himself once again, into the hardest of men,...

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    "Crazy Horse" is... A Documentary by Frederick Wiseman (So Why Am I So Ambivalent About It?)

    It may be sacrilege to say this as both a devout Frederick Wiseman fan and a heterosexual male, but “Crazy Horse” doesn’t really do a whole lot for me. This latest documentary from the man behind such nonfiction classics as “Titicut Follies,” “High School” a...

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    REVIEW: Virtues of a Nasty Girl: Jason Reitman's YOUNG ADULT

    It would be easy to mistake Charlize Theron’s words and deeds in Young Adult for plain nastiness.

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    Now and Then: In Directing Debut, Farmiga Reaches 'Higher Ground'

    "Higher Ground," the actress Vera Farmiga's directorial debut, plays like a fugue. It circles back and folds in on itself, its repeated images — a children's book, worshippers in song, immersion in water — propelled not by forward momentum but by changes of key.

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