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    DVD Review: 'Dark Crimes' from Chandler, Hammett & Woolrich in Tantalizing TCM Noir Box Set

    On December 3, the TCM Vault Collection released a tantalizing box set of three film noirs, “The Glass Key,” “Phantom Lady” and “The Blue Dahlia,” all previously unavailable on Region 1 DVD. The connecting thread is crime fiction -- the first two films are based on novels by Dashiell Hammett and Cor...

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    ADIFF 2012 Review: Stylish War Vet Action Drama 'The Kill Hole' Anchored By Gripping Performances

    Screening at the ongoing African Diaspora International Film Festival here in NYC (the film's New York premiere) is the indie action drama The Kill Hole - a film we’ve been covering since it made its premiere at the Santa Barbara Film Fest back in January (it won the best feature...

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    'The Hobbit' Review: Bilbo Lives! Everyone Else, Not So Much.

    I have never been a Lord of the Rings fanatic, so take that into account, but The Hobbit made me miss Voldemort. I spent a fair amount of time during Peter Jackson’s latest installment in his Tolkien franchise comparing it to the Harry Potter movies, thinking how savvy J.K. Rowling’...

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    Review: ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ Rallies From A Goofy Opening To Become Another Thrilling, If Familiar, Action-Adventure Epic

    At almost three hours, Peter Jackson’s fourth foray into the world of J.R.R. Tolkien, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is initially worrisome and typically self-indulgent. An extremely jarring 48 fps look -- which looks like an odd "Masterpiece Theater" in HD -- is unsettling, and the opening is ...

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    Review: Is 'The Hobbit' Less a Movie Than Theme Park Ride? If So, It's a Fun One

    More than a decade has passed since Peter Jackson and company first ventured to Middle Earth with "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring." At this point, audiences pretty much know what to expect from "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," despite the title's insistence to the contrary. Th...

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    Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit': Review and Reaction Roundup UPDATED

    Finally, the last films of the year are being screened, just in time for early critics voting. While early reactions to this weekend's "Django Unchained" were upbeat, reviews so far are mixed on Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." Reactions came in from both the New Zealand premiere...

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    Review: 'Stones in the Sun' Is A Gripping and Observant Tale About Haitian Immigrants in the U.S.

    It’s seldom we get to see authentic, complex and tactful character representations from the West Indies on the screen, especially in cinema. In her compelling and heartfelt feature film debut, Haitian filmmaker Patricia Benoit follows three Haitian immigrant families seeking refuge in Bro...

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    Review: A Look Into A Nightmare Indie Shoot In 'Addicted To Fame'

    When the laymen thinks “filmmaker” they imagine Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, or even versatile hyphenated talents like George Clooney. Rarely do they see the true face of that profession, the scads of video nerds who toil away at thankless jobs on television and in commercials, getting the same c...

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    Film Critics Start to Weigh In

    As we await the final New York Film Critics Circle results and anticipate the National Board of Review December 5 and LA Film Critics Association December 9, a few top ten lists are coming out. These votes will start to push momentum toward certain winners.

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    The Sensible Craft of Ben Affleck's ARGO

    Ben Affleck's third directing effort, "Argo," is funnier than expected, is expertly paced, and has a fantastic 70s look (the most convincing since Zodiac), plus knockout supporting performances by Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, and John Goodman in very colorful roles.

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