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    Review: 'Exit Elena' A Funny, Uncomfortable Analysis Of Family & Need

    Dysfunctional families are the crème de la crème subject for artists: the potential for laughs and intense drama is too attractive, and anyone who's had a proper childhood should have plenty of real life experiences to mine from. But all this attention given to the rag-tag blood bunches has taken al...

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    Review: Internet Security Documentary 'Terms And Conditions May Apply'

    In director Cullen Hoback’s “Terms And Conditions May Apply,” he seems to be dealing with several issues, some political, some social, none all that clear. Of course, he’s diving into the morass of conflicts between capitalism and politics, an unholy marriage that acts as a cultural ouroborous for a...

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    Hollywood Has Multiple Climax Syndrome

    Summer blockbusters keep getting bigger, but is there a better way?

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    Trayvon Martin Defines This Weekend's Biggest Indie Films With 'Fruitvale Station' and 'The Hunt'

    The biggest player on indie theater screens this weekend may be the Trayvon Martin murder case. The Sundance-winning "Fruitvale Station" is based on an incident about the police killing of a young African-American man in 2009, but its perspective on race-fueled violence in American society clearly e...

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    This Weekend: Head to 'Pacific Rim,' 'Fruitvale Station,' 'The Hunt,' Skip 'Grown-Ups 2'

    This weekend, Guillermo del Toro's monster sci-fi epic "Pacific Rim" crashes into theaters, with "Fruitvale Station" and "The Hunt" making more modest debuts in limited release. TOH! recommends all three.

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    Review - Ryan Coogler Gets To The Heart of Human Portrayal In 'Fruitvale Station' (Opens Today)

    “He didn’t like to be left alone.” Oscar Grant’s mother Wanda, played superbly by Octavia Spencer, delivers this line in one of the most compelling scenes in the film. It is a detail, that when considered in the context of the story, hits us on all sides, and most importantly, in the heart.

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    Review: 'Killing Season' Starring Robert De Niro & John Travolta

    The deadening inevitability of “Killing Season” is that, for all its bluster and violence, the picture’s going to end on a ponderous note it can’t quite deliver convincingly. This barebones time-killer from the ruthlessly frugal folks at Millennium Films announces its intentions from the title on, a...

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    Michael B. Jordan in Taut, Flawed 'Fruitvale Station'

    Fruitvale Station is tense, galvanizing and a little disappointing -- an odd combination that is easily explained. The drama, which won both the arty Grand Jury Prize and the populist Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, is brilliantly acted by Michael B. Jordan in the fact-based story ...

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    The Rim Shot Heard 'Round the World

    I’ve been counting on savvy filmmaker Guillermo del Toro to give us something more than a "Transformers" clone, and my faith in him hasn’t been misplaced.

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    The Hunt

    When a film dramatizes a credible situation and holds you in its grip, even as it makes you squirm with discomfort, that’s storytelling above and beyond the norm.

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