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    Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Tom Hardy In "This Means War" (On The Audience?)

    Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Tom Hardy – any one of them could carry a romance or an action movie alone. Put all three together and the results are at least three times worse. Or maybe it’s just that the director, McG, has misplaced the feel for slick, popcorn action that made Cha...

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    BERLIN REVIEW: Billy Bob Thornton's 'Jayne Mansfield's Car' Isn't As Terrible As It Looks

    BERLIN REVIEW: Billy Bob Thornton's 'Jayne Mansfield's Car' Isn't As Terrible As It Looks

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    Berlin Fest Reviews: From Period Opener 'Farewell My Queen' to Demented Nazis on the Moon

    The Berlin Film Festival got off to a more than respectable start with “Farewell My Queen,” Benoit Jacquot’s smart, elegantly mounted costume drama about the court of Versailles as it’s about to be swept away by the French revolution.

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    Berlinale 2012 Review: Reverence Outweighs Insight In Kevin Macdonald's 2 1/2 Hour 'Marley' Documentary

    A long film detailing a tragically short life, on paper, Kevin MacDonald's Bob Marley documentary "Marley" has more than enough of a pedigree to justify its 2 1/2 hour running time. After all, it's a biopic of one of the most influential and evergreen musical pioneers of all time, being brought to u...

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    Now and Then: Dunham's 'Tiny Furniture' Bodes Well for HBO's 'Girls'

    Midway through "Tiny Furniture," writer-director-star Lena Dunham launches into a monologue — a tantrum, really — that smacks of a tin ear. The plaintive wails seem ginned up for "dramatic effect," though the real effect is to undercut the film's poignant understanding of how scary "coming-of-age" s...

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    BERLIN REVIEW: Masterful Black Comedy 'Everybody in Our Family' Demonstrates the Best Qualities of Modern Romanian Cinema

    A masterwork of black comedy and suspense, director Radu Jude's "Everybody In Our Family" typifies the best qualities of contemporary Romanian cinema.

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    'Walking Dead' Review: Second Season Starter 'Nebraska'

    The new mini-season of "Walking Dead' picks up right where the last left off – with Rick (Andrew Lincoln) having just killed the zombified Sophia (Madison Lintz).

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    BERLIN REVIEW: 'Captive,' Brillante Mendoza's Awful Kidnapping Movie, Makes the Case for a Dumber Version of Itself

    Brillante Mendoza's "Captive" is that rare cinematic creature: A movie that might be better if it were dumber.

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    BERLIN REVIEW: Italian Prisoners Do Shakespeare in High-Concept Doc 'Caesar Must Die'

    The prospects of criminals performing Shakespeare has been explored in conventional terms by the 2005 documentary "Shakespeare Behind Bars;" sibling directors Paolo and Vittorio Taviani's "Caesar Must Die" takes a far more provocative approach. Following a beautifully shot in...

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