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    Lynda Obst's New Book 'Sleepless in Hollywood' Asks: Is There Still Room for Movies in the Movie Business?

    With six mega-hundred-million-dollar-movies already making belly flops into Hollywood’s summer movie pool, and the summer barely half over, it seems like everybody is worrying about the Future of Movies.

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    Review Roundup: 'The Wolverine' -- Sharp Entertainment or Getting Dull with Age?

    James Mangold's "The Wolverine" -- the sixth installment in the X-Men franchise -- hits theaters on July 26. Critics are all over the map on this Japan-set entry; Variety calls the film "smart... and surprisingly existential" and praises jacked lead Hugh Jackman for being in top form, while the Tele...

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    Bong Joon-Ho's Sci-Fi Thriller 'Snowpiercer' Receives First Round of Rave Reviews

    With an impressive cast and icy dystopian sheen, Bong Joon-ho's sci-fi thriller and English-language debut "Snowpiercer" has been racking up a lot of interest lately. For a while that interest had only been sated by trailers and photos, but as the film prepares for its South Korean release date, a f...

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    Defending 'Sex and the City'

    The New Yorker's Emily Nussbaum offers full-throated and awfully convincing defense of Sex and the City, a show who's greatness, she argues, has been eclipsed by the redefinition of quality TV in the post-Sopranos era.

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    Review: Prep For the End of 'Breaking Bad' With Johnny To's Action-Packed 'Drug War'

    Johnnie To's new crime movie is a nice scene-setter for countless fans of AMC's "Breaking Bad" awaiting its final eight-episode arc.

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    'Blue Jasmine': Woody Allen's Most Successfully Tragic Yet Witty Film

    Witty about social pretensions, eloquently moving about failure and loss, acerbic about family relations -- Blue Jasmine feels like a rich destination Woody Allen has been heading toward for years. It's as if the sibling drama of Interiors were handled (more successfully) with credibility and humo...

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    Review Roundup: Enthusiastic First Critics' Reactions to Bong Joon-Ho's Sci-Fi Epic 'Snowpiercer' UPDATED

    The first reviews have landed for Bong Joon-ho's dystopian sci-fi entry "Snowpiercer," starring a sprawling cast headed by Tilda Swinton, Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Jamie Bell and Octavia Spencer. Variety calls the film "visually stunning and richly satisfying," while Twitch writes that the film's s...

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    BOOK REVIEW: "The Art Of Turbo"

    The Art of Turbo revels in details that nicely complement a viewing of the film. Overall, Robert Abele's book is strongest in conveying the conceptions behind the film, and the insights and ideas of the designers and artists.

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    Rooftop Films Review: 'i hate myself :)' Is A Raw & Intimate Look At Sex, Self And Cinematic Truth

    In France in 1961, Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin directed a film (“Chronicle of a Summer”) in which they interviewed a group of diverse Parisians about whether or not they were happy, in a series of man on the street interviews, boozy dinner parties, and casual conversations, with the directors themsel...

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    Edgar Wright's 'The World's End,' Starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, Provides A Clever Respite From Summer Blockbusters

    The genius of "Shaun of the Dead," as the countless fans of the cult hit know, was that it worked as a comedy without satirizing its genre roots. "The World's End" keeps this careful balance intact.

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