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    Review: ‘Silent Hill: Revelation’ A Silly, Artless & Depressing Sequel

    The problem with movies based on video games (or movies that try to capture the video game experience) is that they always come across like watching someone else play a video game. These movies might have budget-pushing effects and plotlines that mimic the follow-the-clues narrative of most games, b...

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    The Screening List and Highlights From Wednesday's Andrew Sarris Memorial Service (Video)

    Watch clips from the films chosen to honor the memory of the late film critic.

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    Review: 'Wreck-It-Ralph' Has A Great Concept But Fails To Level Up Into Something Unique

    Certainly, in some quarters, anticipation for Disney's "Wreck-It-Ralph" was high. With Pixar stuck in sequel mode, and with their original story "Brave" underwhelming this summer, many wondered if the Mouse House would step it up where their colleagues dropped the ball. With a seemingly fresh premis...

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    Review: Not So 'Fun Size' Doesn't Know The Audience It Wants

    While you can debate the merits of "The O.C.," "Gossip Girl" and "Chuck," it can't be argued that writer/producer Josh Schwartz knows how to zero in on a target audience and cater to them specifically and successfully. Generally, his most lucrative milieu is in providing tweenage girls lukewarm TV s...

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    Review: Uninventive U.K. ‘Pusher’ Remake Offers Typically Stylized Drug Psychosis & Nothing More

    Indulge us for a moment. Nicolas Winding Refn's "Pusher" trilogy was never meant to be a triptych, let alone a multi-language spawning remake series (there has already been a U.K. produced, Hindi language version). Refn's original "Pusher" gained critical acclai...

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    Cloud Atlas

    Enthralling and frustrating…far-reaching and obtuse…grandiose and gimmicky. 'Cloud Atlas' is all of these and more, and while I was less taken with the film at its conclusion than I was midway through, it offered me a unique moviegoing experience for which I am grateful.

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    Review: 'Cloud Atlas' Is Bold, Messy & Disappointingly Unimaginative

    With The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer literally throwing a critic off the roof of a building to his death in the opening moments of the nearly three-hour "Cloud Atlas," it's clear that they aren't concerned in the slightest with how this ambitious effort will be received. And you cert...

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    Review: 'Chasing Mavericks' Drowns Under A Crushing Wave Of Moroseness & Melodrama

    One of the first things we see in "Chasing Mavericks," a mostly uninspiring surfing drama starring Gerard Butler, his lumpy face framed by strands of willowy wet hair, are the words "Based on a True Story." But the true story behind the scenes of "Chasing Mavericks" is almost as compelling as what m...

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    Out This Week: 10 Reviews of New Releases, From 'Cloud Atlas' to Tony Bennett

    This weekly column is intended to provide reviews of nearly every new indie release (and in certain cases studio films), including some VOD titles. Specific release dates and locations follow each review.

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    Critical Consensus: B. Ruby Rich and Lisa Schwarzbaum on the Identity Politics of 'Cloud Atlas'

    Indiewire's Critical Consensus, in which two critics from IW's Criticwire network debate new releases, this week features film scholar B. Ruby Rich and EW's Lisa Schwarzbaum dissecting one of the most ambitious films of the year and its relation to the coming-out of its transgendered co-creator.

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