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    Review: In David O. Russell's 'American Hustle,' It's All About the Women

    In David O. Russell's "American Hustle," the really important things are happening right before our eyes: Jennifer Lawrence becoming the most potent synthesis of comedy and feline sexuality to hit the screen for half a century. Amy Adams coming in a close second. And Russell managing to make a movie...

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    Why 'Spring Breakers' Is the Movie of the Year

    In The American Prospect, critic Tom Carson says Harmony Korine's film is "imbecilic but gorgeous," like the country it represents.

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    Review: David O. Russell's Delirious & Virtuoso 'American Hustle' With Christian Bale, Amy Adams & More

    Since making his “comeback” in 2010 with “The Fighter,” David O. Russell has become a filmmaker to admire and respect—but not necessarily love. Both that film and “Silver Linings Playbook” expertly executed their narrative formulas, drawing adoration critical and commercial praise alike, but neither...

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    VODetails: 'Some Velvet Morning' is a Prime Addition to Your Year-End Watch List

    The latest film from writer-director-playwright Neil LaBute is a showcase for some bleak comedic writing and a pair of complex performances. But is it worth your VODollars?

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    The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

    The hand-to-hand combat that fills the movie is seamlessly integrated into a make-believe world created by the magicians at Jackson’s WETA workshop. (Photo by Mark Pokorny)

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    Saving Mr. Banks

    A charming and heartwarming piece of entertainment, highlighted by a handful of superior performances. (Photo by François Duhamel - Courtesy of Disney Ent. LLC)

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    American Hustle

    On the plus side of the ledger, Russell enables his cast to inhabit some colorful, downright transformative, characters. (Photo by Francois Duhamel)

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    Review: Abel Ferrara's 'Ms. 45' A Lean Slice Of '80s Sleaze

    It doesn't take long into "Ms. 45" to know that you're inside an Abel Ferrara film. Four gunshots announce the title card of the movie, while within the first ten minutes, a young man gets raped twice — once on the way home from work, pulled into an alley and violated by a masked man, and again in h...

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    Review: Hurricane Katrina-Set Thriller 'Hours,' Featuring One Of Paul Walker's Last Starring Roles

    The recent, tragic death of "Fast and Furious" franchise anchor Paul Walker has given us all time to take stock of the actor's dramatic strengths and weaknesses. He was, after all, a handsome fellow whose life was over way too fast and furiously, and he was capable of great range when he wanted to f...

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