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    Review: Why the Latest 'Universal Soldier,' Now On VOD, Is Better Than 'Skyfall'

    No longer attempting to reconstruct the character as in 2006's "Casino Royale," "Skyfall" avoids reinvention in favor of surface pleasures at every turn. If, however, you seek a wholly original, unexpected dosage of action ingenuity, look no further than "Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning."

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    A Mixed Blessing For Kubrick Fans

    The good news is that Kino has just released Stanley Kubrick’s rarely-screened feature-film debut 'Fear and Desire' (1953) on DVD and Blu-ray, mastered from a 35mm print that was recently restored by the Library of Congress.

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    Now and Then: 'Four,' Moving Portrait of Love and Sex in the Time of Craigslist

    "Four," director Joshua Sanchez's remarkably honest, empathic adaptation of Christopher Shinn's play about a quartet of lovelorn folks in a modern age, works on you slowly. It's taken me about a week since seeing it at the New Orleans Film Festival to suss out just how complex and world weary it is,...

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    Nothing Surfaces: Cristian Mungiu's 'Beyond the Hills'

    A Critics Academy investigation of a "perilous but rewarding film."

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    What You Won't Learn About Spielberg From Last Night's '60 Minutes' (Video)

    Oscar-season pandering has begun. Steven Spielberg's bid for "Lincoln" kicked into high gear with a tender segment about the personal inspiration behind his work. He may not be running for office, but like most campaign fodder the interview contains a grain of truth that obscures the bigger picture.

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    A Tale of Two HBO Movies - The Girl and Ethel

    There is not too much that The Girl and Ethel have in common except for the fact that they are both on HBO last week.

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    'Holy Motors' Trailer, Review ("bonkers, delirious, pretentious"); Carax Q & A (VIDEO)

    Indomina has released an exhilarating U.S. trailer for Leos Carax's "Holy Motors," which debuted on the fest circuit last May in Cannes (where it did not score a prize) and wound up playing Fantastic Fest as well as New York, which tells you something. Matt Mueller's review calls the film "bonkers" ...

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    LFF Review: Richard Dormer Shines In Touching & Uplifting Punk Rock Terri Hooley Biopic 'Good Vibrations'

    We’re introduced to Terry Hooley (Richard Dormer) when he’s just five years old, playing in the front garden of his Belfast home. When one of the other children he has been arguing with slingshots a stone at his face, Terry becomes Terri – with one i.

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    Review: Prieto Remakes Refn's 'Pusher'

    Luis Prieto’s remake of "Pusher" is of interest because Nicolas Winding Refn's original offers such promising source material. But even with Refn's blessing, Prieto makes plenty of his own mistakes, delivering a stylish but perfunctory copy of his predecessor.

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    Weekend Preview: Awards Contender 'The Sessions,' Tyler Perry's Rotten 'Alex Cross'

    This weekend, you can see Tyler Perry's attempt at movie-stardom (sans the Medea drag getup) in "Alex Cross," which is being slaughtered by critics...

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