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    DVD Review: 'The Soloist' (Jamie Foxx As Schizophrenic Cello Prodigy)

    Upon initially hearing about The Soloist, when it first was released, I remember groaning at the thought of what I imagined would be yet another studio film infected with the media-old "Magical Negro" virus - the male idiot savant of African descent, who naturally comes fully equipped with his arsen...

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    'Sightseers' Proves Ben Wheatley's Mastery of the Horror-Comedy Formula

    British filmmaker Ben Wheatley has earned a following on the genre film festival circuit for a pair of distinctive movies with two very different moods. His 2009 debut "Down Terrace" followed a family of criminals through a series of amusing misadventures, suggesting Wheatley's proclivity for enlive...

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    Why Do Films Get Booed at Cannes? New BAM Series Investigates

    While the 66th edition of the Cannes Film Festival is still a week away, today marks the start of a new series at Brooklyn's BAMcinématek that looks back at the history of the festival -- particularly the notorious tendency of its audiences to boo certain films upon their premieres.

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    DVD REVIEW: "FoodFight!"

    With the voices of Charlie Sheen and Hilary Duff, the worst animated feature of the 21st Century has arrived.

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    SFIFF Review: 'Inori' Is A Gentle Look At A Slowly Fading, Traditional Way Of Life

    Pedro Gonzáles-Rubio’s “Inori” (Japanese for prayer) is set in Kannogawa, Japan, a dying town. There’s no menacing factory in the background spewing smoke or a horrible natural disaster in the recent past haunting the town. In fact, the environment we’re introduced to is serenely beautiful; a misty ...

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    How Sarah Polley's 'Stories We Tell' Explores Multiple Versions of the Truth

    Sarah Polley's efforts behind the camera have showcased tender performances attuned to nuanced fluctuations in shared screen chemistry. Both her Oscar-nominated 2006 directorial debut "Away from Her" and the recent "Take This Waltz" explore the deterioration of relationships in minute detail. While ...

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    Good and Bad Surprises in Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby'

    Novel? What novel? I went into Baz Luhrmann's 3-D, Jay Z-soundtracked The Great Gatsby assuming that the kindest, smartest approach would be to forget there was ever a book behind it. Surprisingly, the film is more attached to F. Scott Fitzgerald than I expected, and that turns out to be its do...

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    Two Other Gatsbys, Two Better Nicks

    The Great Gatsby is both irresistible to filmmakers and notoriously hard to adapt. All that color and glamour comes crashing up against the eloquence of Fitzgerald's prose and the ineffability of Gatsby's dreams. Baz Luhrmann's new version gives us a wondrous performance by Leonardo DiCaprio as...

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    Bette Midler on Broadway in I'll Eat You Last

    Bette Midler on Broadway in I'll Eat You Last

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    With 'The Great Gatsby,' Does Baz Luhrmann Prove He's More Gratuitous Than Michael Bay?

    The least interesting aspects of Baz Luhrmann's unsurprisingly lavish near-musical adaptation of "The Great Gatsby" come from the source material. That should surprise exactly no one. More to the point, the sprawling tale of millionaire loner Jay Gatsby (a confident Leonardo DiCaprio) yearning to be...

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