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    Flashback To '65: "The Slender Thread" (Sidney Poitier Tries To Talk Anne Bancroft Out Of Suicide; Quincy Jones Scores)

    I was honoring Mother's Day earlier today by watching 1967's The Graduate for the umpteenth time, and was reminded of this 1965 film which also starred one of the stars of The Graduate, Anne Bancroft.

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    Mother's Day Pick: 'Whip It'

    You might not think of "Whip It!" Drew Barrymore’s debut feature about roller-derby babes, those hellions-on-wheels who dare guys to ogle them, as an ideal choice for Mother’s Day, but I hereby nominate Shauna Cross’ coming-of-age story as the best mother/daughter picture of the past decade.

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    Review: 'Norman Mailer: The American' Is A Cliffs Notes Look At The Life Of A Literary Icon

    Provocative, rebellious, a genius and an undeniable force on the American literary landscape, Norman Mailer was an author, social commentator, filmmaker and a personality whose outsized figure nearly eclipsed his two Pulitzer prizes. He had enough experiences and adventures for three lifetimes, and ...

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    Review: 'The Tortured' Might As Well Describe The Audience For Twisted Pictures' Latest

    For most viewers, there's no way to take a look at that Twisted Pictures logo and feel at ease. Sure, it's intimidating all on it's own -- dark lowercase lettering separated by barbed-wire, inky shadows. But it's an entirely different sort of fear that emerges from the house that Jam...

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    Critic's Notebook: How Spike Jonze's Doc 'Tell Them Anything You Want,' Available Online, Eulogizes Maurice Sendak and Adam Yauch

    Critic's Notebook: How Spike Jonze's Doc 'Tell Them Anything You Want,' Available Online, Eulogizes Maurice Sendak and Adam Yauch

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    Review: A Breezy, But Meandering 'A Bag Of Hammers' Is Only Half A Movie

    There are ample pleasures of the half-movie. Features of the half-film include a lack of b-plot, a meandering tone, haphazard scenes, and a barely feature-length runtime. The reasons why productions result in half-movies usually come from vastly re-written scripts, overrunning schedules and/or eclip...

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    What to See, What to Skip: New Reviews This Week

    Opening this week is "Dark Shadows," Tim Burton's revamp of the 1960s gothic soap opera, and thus far, reviews have not been so kind. For those looking for something a little less Burton-y, also opening this week is: "Under African Skies," the documentary chronicling the recording of Paul Simon's c...

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    Review Round-Up: 'The Dictator' with Sacha Baron Cohen

    Sacha Baron Cohen's new comedy "The Dictator" is getting strong initial reviews in England, where it opens first. Hence the floodgates opened on stateside reviews, which are 85% on Rotten Tomatoes so far--that's a whole lot better than "Bruno"'s 67% Tomatometer score....

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    Dark Shadows—movie review

    It makes sense that for Johnny Depp and director Tim Burton to get in on the current vampire craze, they’d have to approach it with a sense of humor. I doubt if many young viewers know that they’ve based their new film on a forty-year-old daytime TV drama, and it scarcely matters. Dark S...

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    Weekend Preview: From Steve Jobs and Paul Simon to France, Lebanon & Japan

    Take your pick: A Johnny Depp-Tim Burton misfire, a slight but charming Lebanese comedy-musical (Toronto's People's Choice Award, "Where Do We Go Now"), an anti-American shoot 'em up ("God Bless America"), a delightful Japanese kids' movie ("I Wish"), th...

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