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    On Hayao Miyazaki's "Disgraceful" 'The Wind Rises'

    Critic Inkoo Kang accuses the Japanese animation master of whitewashing war crimes in his final film.

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    Review: Mental Illness Drama 'Hotell' Starring Marrakech Best Fest Actress Alicia Vikander

    By turns funny, sad and discomfiting, Swedish director Lisa Langseth's "Hotell" is a terrific showcase for many of its ensemble, but especially its lead, Alicia Vikander, who here reteams with Langseth, director of her pre-"A Royal Affair," pre-"Anna Karenina" breakout, "Pure." But more than simply ...

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    Foreign Oscar Entry Review: The Old Man (Shal)

    The Old Man, Kazakhstan's Submission for the Academy Award Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. U.S. : None Yet. International Sales Agent: Kazakhfilm Studios

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    More New And Notable Film Books

    Here’s a second helping of film-related books worth checking out this holiday season. I hope the listings are useful, whether you’re looking for Christmas gifts or adding to your own library.

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    'American Hustle': When Brilliant Acting is More than Enough

    Bradley Cooper in pink hair curlers says it all. So does Christian Bale's giant pot belly and glued-down combover, and Jennifer Lawrence's poufy blonde 'do. It makes sense that a film about small-time cons reinventing themselves and a big FBI scam never quite lets you forget that you're watching b...

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    Review: Decent & Well-Acted 'Saving Mr. Banks' With Tom Hanks & Emma Thompson

    Though the general public doesn't always share their enthusiasm, Hollywood loves making movies about itself. Whether fictional or based in reality, it's rare for a year to pass without some kind of film about filmmaking, from classics like "Sunset Boulevard" and "Mulholland Drive" to, uh, not-classi...

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    Review: Oscar Contender 'The Crash Reel' Is A Moving, Effective Exploration Of Extreme Sports

    Lucy Walker’s “The Crash Reel” would have been compelling if it were just about snowboarder Kevin Pearce’s career and impressive skills in the half pipe. Instead, we get a number of movies in one: a chronicle of Pearce’s attempts to return to normalcy after a brain injury, a showdown between Pearce ...

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