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    MATT ZOLLER SEITZ: On “Weed Wars,” drug clichés go up in smoke

    “I run a family business, and the business is cannabis,” says Steve D’Angelo, a central character in Discovery’s new series “Weed Wars” and the co-founder and executive director of Oakland’s Harborside Health Center, which distributes medical marijuana to almost 100,000 customers. D’Angelo’s matter-...

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    Review: Takeshi Kitano's 'Outrage' Is Beautifully Shot & Well Choreographed But Feels Exhausting, Deflated & Empty

    "Outrage," Takeshi Kitano's return to the yakuza genre, received mixed reviews from critics when it had its first official screenings at Cannes in 2010. Though we weren't initially planning on seeing it on the Croisette, we kept hearing positive chatter about the film and decided t...

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    Review: The Ralph Fiennes-Directed 'Coriolanus' Is As Well-Acted As It Is Challenging

    From what little we know of Shakespeare's life, "Coriolanus" was one of his later tragedies; compared to his other works in the same vein, it's one of his more complex ones as well. It doesn't offer us a father betrayed like" King Lear," or a good man undone by his ow...

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    Whet Your Appetite For "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" With Takeshi Kitano's "Outrage"

    "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy," the adaptation of John le Carré's 1974 British spy novel, will leave a lot of viewers confused when it hits theaters next Friday. Of course, that's exactly what the author intended. A talky Cold War drama about British intellige...

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    Review: 'Khodorkovsky' Is An Engaging Tale About Capitalist Russia's First Billionaire

    Review: 'Khodorkovsky' Is An Engaging Tale About Capitalist Russia's First Billionaire

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    How "Khodorkovsky" Turns A Russian Oligarch Into a Free-Speech Martyr

    In 2004, Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky was on his private jet when he was arrested for tax fraud and oil theft; he was later sentenced to prison in a remote Siberian penitentiary. The scandal created headlines around the world, but in "Khodorkovsky," filmmaker Cyril Tuschi puts for...

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    Michael Fassbender in Overhyped "Shame"

    Steve McQueen’s dark-and-richly-photographed, descent-into-hell Shame is, I suspect, exactly the film he wanted to make, and I respect and admire him for that. But it arrives with such hyperbolic praise, you might want to lower your expectations. The film is likely to leave viewers unsatisfied...

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    "Khodorkovsky" is an Extraordinary Documentary Thriller That Challenges Your Current Feeling About Capitalists

    Is this really a good time for a documentary that sides with a jailed billionaire? Cyril Tuschi’s extraordinary “Khodorkovsky” is not even the first nonfiction film I’ve seen this season that sympathizes with the rich. But it is a very different sort of doc than “U...

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    GROUCHO MARX AND OTHER SHORT STORIES AND TALL TALES: Selected Writings of Groucho Marx

    The world may know Groucho Marx as a great comedian, but I’m sure I’m not the only fan who wasn’t terribly familiar with his writings—aside from his autobiographies and 'The Groucho Letters'—until now. Updating his 1993 compendium, Marx scholar and aficionado Robert S. Bader has added 19 new essays ...

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    Review: Steve McQueen's 'Shame' A Fascinating Follow-Up To 'Hunger,' With A Tour-De-Force From Michael Fassbender

    As English-language directorial debuts of the last few years go, Steve McQueen's "Hunger" ranks up there as one of the most uncompromising. An award-winning, sometimes controversial British artist, McQueen chose to move into feature films by examining the life of IRA hunger striker Bob...

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