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    This Weekend: Head to Disney's Big-Budget Western 'The Lone Ranger,' Sundance Hit 'The Way, Way Back' and 'Despicable Me 2'

    This holiday weekend, two family-oriented tentpoles will be vying for American eyeballs: Disney's cinematic "The Lone Ranger" and Universal's "Despicable Me 2." We recommend both.

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    Review: 'Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me' Documents The Greatest Band Who Never Made It

    Billed as the definitive story of the greatest band who never made it, the new rock documentary "Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me" will no doubt be a must-see for serious music aficionados who already know every note the power pop group ever recorded. But what they may not be as familiar with is just h...

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    REVIEW: "Despicable Me 2"

    Will Gru foil his plot to turn the Minions into a murderous mini-army that will enable him to rule the world? Do Gru and Lucy end up together? Anyone who doesn't know the answers to these questions 20 minutes into the film hasn’t been inside a movie theater in the last several years.

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    Farewell My Criticwire

    Your first -- but not last -- Criticwire editor bids farewell and introduces you to his successor.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    The Lone Ranger

    What were they thinking? I kept asking myself that question as I plodded through the boring first hour of this elaborate but elephantine Western.

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    Review: Michael Winterbottom's 'The Look Of Love' Starring Steve Coogan

    While stylishly capturing the verve, exotica, and free-spirited mojo of swinging '60s London, uber-prolific English director Michael Winterbottom's portrait of legendary U.K. smut impresario Paul Raymond is otherwise a shallow misfire.

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    With Public Protests Continuing In Egypt, Watch '1/2 Revolution' In Rememberance Of The 2011 Uprising

    I'm sure most of you have been paying attention to what we could say is effectively another revolution in Egypt since the early 2011 uprising that eventually led to then president Hosni Mubarak stepping down, only to be replaced by military rule; and thus, what has come to be known as the "Egyptian ...

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    Review: 2013 Berlinale World Cinema Fund Selection 'Fidai'

    Review: 2013 Berlinale World Cinema Fund Selection 'Fidai'

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    Review: 'Despicable Me 2' Starring Steve Carell & Kristen Wiig

    The original "Despicable Me," released back in 2010 by Illumination Entertainment (a mini-Pixar that would go on to release "Hop" and "The Lorax") was, at its best, an easily forgettable trifle with a handful of hummable songs by Pharrell Williams. It concerned a super-villain named Gru (Steve Carel...

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