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    Review: Sprawling, Sneering 'August: Osage County' Starring Meryl Streep & Julia Roberts

    It's undeniable that, at least on paper, "August: Osage County" looks like a can't-miss proposition. Pairing Tracey Letts' Pulitizer Prize and Tony Award-winning play with an outstanding ensemble cast ranging from awards-nominated veterans to rising young stars—Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGr...

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    Review: ‘Lone Survivor’ Starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster & Emile Hirsch

    Your average rock, tree, or branch will never appear harmless after “Lone Survivor.” With its depiction of warfare in Afghanistan moved to the unlikely setting of evergreens and jagged cliffs, the most horrific moments of director Peter Berg’s drama come from a body in free fall—and its eventual lan...

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    Review: Ben Stiller's 'The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty' Co-Starring Kristen Wiig

    In a colorless and unremarkable New York apartment, the shy, anonymous Walter Mitty stares at the eHarmony dating page of his co-worker Cheryl (Kristen Wiig). Debating whether or not to make the online first move, Walter eventually daydreams about a spectacular manner in which to impress her. But ba...

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    Lone Survivor

    There are no false heroics here, only the bravery of men under fire who trust each other with their very lives.

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    August: Osage County

    As a showcase for a host of gifted actors, "August: Osage County" is potent and entertaining.

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    How Ebert Chose His Top 10

    The late critic's wife, Chaz, writes about how Roger chose his annual list, and suggests some films that might have been on it this year.

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    Why Paul Dano Will Never Be a (Run-of-the-Mill) Movie Star

    Many young, successful actors dance into the bright lights of fame as if were the path to the after life, but Paul Dano keeps slinking around it.

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    What to See and What to Skip in Theaters Over the Long Holiday Weekend

    With Christmas comes the big holiday movie weekend, and this year's is no exception with six awards contenders hitting theaters. On December 25, "The Wolf of Wall Street," "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" and "Lone Survivor" go wide, while "The Invisible Woman" gets a limited release. Friday, "Augu...

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    Review: Ben Stiller's 'Walter Mitty' Is Lost In the Sentimental Daydreams of Its Character

    This miscalculated adaptation shows none of the edgy storytelling looniness present in Stiller's finest work.

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    Review: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts And More Carry John Wells' Watchable Adaptation of Tracy Letts' 'August: Osage County'

    Playwright Tracy Letts' crowded ensemble drama "August: Osage County" centers on a massive family engaged in constant squabbling, which means that it demands a cast willing to engage in fiery theatrics. It's no surprise, then, that director John Wells' big screen adaptation features significant name...

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