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    Review: Absurdly Nihilistic 'Cheap Thrills' Starring David Koechner, Sara Paxton, Pat Healy & More

    It was only a matter of time before the recent hyper-raunchy comedy style exemplified by "The Hangover" (and repurposed, in watered-down form, for things like "Identity Thief" and "Horrible Bosses"), would take a dark, seedily indie-movie turn. And that's what "Cheap Thrills," really is: it's the hy...

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    Suffer the Little Children: "The Walking Dead" Crosses the Line and Pulls Its Audience Along

    "The Grove" steered Carol to a shocking decision. But did it make it too easy for the audience to ride along?

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    Review: Caper Flick 'Rob the Mob' Is the Best Time You'll Have at the Movies So Far This Year

    The New York-based, New York-centric Raymond De Felitta has been the Jean Renoir of the outer-boroughs since the tender “Two-Family House” (2000) made a star-crossed Shangri-La out of Staten Island. (His debut short, “Bronx Cheers” and the popular family drama/comedy “City Island” 2009 were set in t...

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    San Francisco CAAMFEST 2014 Highs and Lows, from Food Porn to Mock Docs and More

    The SF Bay Area's venerable Asian American Film Festival re-branded itself several years ago as the snappier (if somewhat more opaque) CAAMFest, referencing both its parent organization, the Center for Asian American Media, and its expansion to include music, art, and food-oriented events, as well a...

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    Review: Big Oil & 'Big Men' Collide In Brad Pitt-Produced Documentary About African Oil

    While "Big Men" opens with quotes about greed from economist Milton Friedman and the film "Treasure Of The Sierra Madre," it's a line of dialogue from another movie struck me watching Rachel Boynton's documentary: "There's a whole ocean of oil under our feet! No one can get at it except for me!" Tho...

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    SXSW Review: Wildly Creative & Unforgettable Romantic Time Travel Comedy 'The Infinite Man'

    For some reason South by Southwest was full of time travel movies this year, with the abysmal Ethan Hawke thriller "Predestination" (read our review here), a supposedly horrendous comedy "Premature" and a low-wattage Australian romantic comedy "The Infinite Man," which, coming out of the festival, m...

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    A Pastry-Covered Hammer: Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel"

    Critics praise the beautiful surface of Wes Anderson's latest, but miss the steel beneath it.

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    "Divergent" Hamstrung by Faithfulness, Say First Reviews

    Although Shailene Woodley gets good notices, the first movie in the YA trilogy spends too much time on setup to get off the ground.

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