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    'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' a Thrilling Middle Episode of Middle-Earth (REVIEW AND ROUNDUP)

    Peter Jackson continues his lighter, more swashbuckling tone with the second Hobbit movie, "The Desolation of Smaug," which serves as a bridge to the much darker and apocalyptic "The Lord of the Rings."

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    Review: Aussie Thriller 'Swerve' Starring Jason Clarke Shift Gears, But Never Excites

    "10 minutes won't change my life," Colin (David Lyons) quips at a juncture during "Swerve," and of course, those words are soon prophetic. The Aussie thriller written and directed by Craig Lahiff is set in a small outback town called Neverest (get it?) for a reason: over the next 86 minutes, there w...

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    Netflix Streaming Review: Cringeworthy 'Paradise: Love' is Resonating, Thought-Provoking

    “The skin, the thrill, it’s exotic. They take me as I am.” Teresa’s friend The entitlement of these "sugar mammas" - patrons of a resort in Kenya where black men sell their bodies and time for money - who see themselves as objects of affection and even love for these “less privileged” black men,...

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    Inside Llewyn Davis

    You have to admire Joel and Ethan Coen's ability to put a personal stamp on everything they do.

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    Review: 'Expecting' Makes An Argument For Forced Sterilization

    Originally titled “Gus” for its festival appearances, “Expecting” could more accurately be named “87 Minutes with Unfunny People You Will Hate” or “An 87-Minute Commercial for Why You Shouldn’t Move to L.A.” We can’t remember the last time we liked characters less than the ones in this film. We’re g...

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    Review: Israeli Award Winner 'S#x Acts' Delivers With Heartbreaking Power

    There aren't a whole lot of words to describe that feeling of intimacy where everyone knows each other in the, ah, Biblical sense, but the feelings are not necessarily all-around mutual. Such sentiment pollutes the lives of characters at the heart of "S#x Acts," a powerful Israeli film that follows ...

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    Review: Oddball Holiday Dramedy 'White Reindeer' Both Unprecedented & Unrealistic

    The latest film from writer/director Zach Clark is the oddball unconventional Christmas dramedy (?) “White Reindeer,” starring Anna Margaret Hollyman as Suzanne, who’s just having one hell of a shitty December. Suzanne is a real estate agent in Virginia with a happy marriage to a local weatherman. ...

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    This Weekend, Head to 'Out of the Furnace' and 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

    Two of the year's big awards contenders arrive in theaters this weekend: the Coens' heavenly folk music tragicomedy "Inside Llewyn Davis" and Scott Cooper's hardboiled noir "Out of the Furnace." More low-key releases are Penn & Teller's art doc "Tim's Vermeer" and Ulrich Seidl's refreshingly "Hope"-...

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