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    Barbed Wire: 'The Smurfs 2'

    What in the name of Oogieloves has happened? Not since the "Big Balloon Adventure" has there been a mainstream children's movie that's inspired this level of bafflement. (Hard to remember the last time a review of a PG-rated movie alluded to "The Last Temptation of Christ," either.) Whether mind-ben...

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    Review: Why 'The Spectacular Now' Is Better Than Your Average Coming-of-Age Movie

    There's a unique thrill to movies that break or bend the expectations established by their genres, but it's often just as satisfying when they follow expectation beat by beat without screwing it up. Such is the case with "The Spectacular Now," James Ponsoldt's highly enjoyable coming of age story, a...

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    REVIEW: "Smurfs 2"

    The Smurfs 2 epitomizes the sort of toxic jollification that’s billed as "fun for the whole family," but that no one really enjoys.

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    Review: '2 Guns' Starring Denzel Washington & Mark Wahlberg

    Did “2 Guns”… happen? It seemed there was a screening for the new action film. And it had Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. Or is that just a memory from the overt billboards and advertisements, boasting both stars aiming guns with the title superimposed in front of them. There was some shooting,...

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    Review: 'Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius Of James Booker' An Ordinary Doc About An Extraordinary Musician

    A striking presence, wearing an eye-patch, outlandish attire and boasting a personality that could win over any crowd, it was the talent in James Booker's fingers that left audiences talking once he was finished on stage. A New Orleans institution, a prized musician among musicians, an eccentric tro...

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    Netflix Streaming Review - 'Neo Ned' (Neo-Nazi Falls For Black Woman Who Thinks She's Hitler)

    On its surface, and in its most basic form, Neo Ned might sound like a Monsters Ball retread - a young black single mother gets romantically involved with a racist white man. But will digging further reveal more?

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    Review: 'The Smurfs 2' Starring Neil Patrick Harris, Katy Perry, Anton Yelchin & Brendan Gleeson

    For those without small children and only a passing interest in registering what plasters New York City bus stops: yes, there is a movie called "The Smurfs 2." It's a sequel to an unreasonably successful movie called "The Smurfs" from way back in the year of our lord 2011. The original film starred ...

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    Netflix Streaming Pick Review - 'Night Catches Us' Educates And Entertains

    The past haunts two former members of the Black Panther Party, in this soulful drama by writer/director Tanya Hamilton, in which the burden lies in the decision to either continue fighting the old fight, or just simply live and survive.

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    DVD Review: Pema Tseden's 'Old Dog,' a Powerful Political Allegory of Modern Tibet (TRAILER)

    Forget Uggie. My favorite canine companion in recent cinema is the shaggy, steadfast nomad mastiff of Tibetan writer-director Pema Tseden's contemplative and ultimately wrenching "Old Dog" (2011), available today on DVD from Icarus Films Home Video/dGenerate Films Home Video Collection.

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    VODetails: 'The Lifeguard'

    Is the story of Kristen Bell as a crisis-plagued reporter going back to her childhood home worth the pre-theatrical rental?

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