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    REVIEW | Lonely and Minimalist: Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere”

    Minimalism gets the maximum treatment in Sofia Coppola’s "Somewhere," a movie so muted that it barely exists at all. That’s mostly good news: Arriving four years after the poor reception of "Marie Antoinette" as a misconceived hipster period piece, the writer-director returns to the gentler sort of ...

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    Small Screen | Xmas Week's Top 5 DVD & Blu-Rays Include "Easy" Stone, LaBeouf & Douglas & World Film

    With most small screen outlets avoiding the cluttered landscape of Christmas week, five films will hit the shelves on DVD and Blu-Ray this week.

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    Outsiders and Rebels: Great DVDs in 2010

    "I'm usually more of an old fogey when it comes to mobile phones that I am about DVDs," writes film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum in his newly released essay collection, "Goodbye Cinema, Hello Cinephilia." He's not the only one to extol the virtues of the home viewing experience. Jonathan Lethem's book-...

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    REVIEW | Not Quite There: Sylvain Chomet's "The Illusionist"

    There were several reasons to anticipate Sylvain Chomet's "The Illusionist." The French animator's previous feature, 2003's "Triplets of Belleville," was a surreal masterpiece of conceptual wonder, at once classically entertaining and marvelously bizarre. As one of the most important animators worki...

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    REVIEW | Western Competence: The Coens Play It Safe With "True Grit"

    The 1969 version of "True Grit," an adaptation of Charles Portis's novel, starred John Wayne (in his late period, ultra-grizzly mode) as jaded U.S. Marshall Rooster Cogburn, a man hired by determined Texan teen Maddie (Kim Darby) to track down the man who shot her father. The 2010 version of "True G...

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    More New And Notable Film Books

    A few weeks ago I did a survey of recently-published film books. Here is a second installment, drawn mostly from quick skims and first impressions. I don’t pretend these are full-fledged reviews based on reading these volumes in their entirety. They all look interesting and I hope they fulf...

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    Small Screen | Joan! Banksy! Jeunet! Maddin! All on the Small Screen!

    This week's DVD/VOD/TV top 5 sees "Joan Rivers" join Banksy and Jeunet's latest amongst some fascinating small town subjects. Turn the channel, insert the disc, or just press play and lean back, here are this week's Small Screen Top 5:

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    REVIEW | Death, Marriage, & John Cameron Mitchell: Eckhart and Kidman Sustain "Rabbit Hole"

    The outlandish inventiveness of John Cameron Mitchell's previous films are barely discernible in "Rabbit Hole," a relatively tame but nonetheless admirable drama sustained by convincing performances and steady direction. Compared to "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" and "Shortbus," the aims of "Rabbit Hol...

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    REVIEW | Stage Fright: Ry Russo-Young's "You Wont Miss Me"

    Ry Russo-Young's "You Wont Miss Me" wound up in the experimental New Frontiers section at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009, and won the Best Film Coming to a Theater Near You prize at the Gotham Awards that fall. It arrives in limited release nearly two years after the initial premiere with a long trail of responses that speak to its divisive nature. Is Russo-Young's sophomore feature a feeble collection of "pointless pseudo-Cassavetes stumblings-mumblings," as Robert Koehler complained in Cinemascope, or "a film about the inner life of a beautiful, troubled young lady without the objectifying filter of the male gaze," per former Spout crit...

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    REVIEW | The Bourne Identity: "Hemingway's Garden of Eden"

    "Everything is right until it's wrong," says one character in "Hemingway's Garden of Eden," and smirks. "You'll know when it's wrong." The line has been lifted verbatim from the source, Ernest Hemingway's enigmatic and allegedly autobiographical novel published a quarter century after his death. But...

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