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    Review: 'The Smurfs 2' Starring Neil Patrick Harris, Katy Perry, Anton Yelchin & Brendan Gleeson

    For those without small children and only a passing interest in registering what plasters New York City bus stops: yes, there is a movie called "The Smurfs 2." It's a sequel to an unreasonably successful movie called "The Smurfs" from way back in the year of our lord 2011. The original film starred ...

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    Netflix Streaming Pick Review - 'Night Catches Us' Educates And Entertains

    The past haunts two former members of the Black Panther Party, in this soulful drama by writer/director Tanya Hamilton, in which the burden lies in the decision to either continue fighting the old fight, or just simply live and survive.

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    DVD Review: Pema Tseden's 'Old Dog,' a Powerful Political Allegory of Modern Tibet (TRAILER)

    Forget Uggie. My favorite canine companion in recent cinema is the shaggy, steadfast nomad mastiff of Tibetan writer-director Pema Tseden's contemplative and ultimately wrenching "Old Dog" (2011), available today on DVD from Icarus Films Home Video/dGenerate Films Home Video Collection.

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    VODetails: 'The Lifeguard'

    Is the story of Kristen Bell as a crisis-plagued reporter going back to her childhood home worth the pre-theatrical rental?

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    Review: Paul Schrader's 'The Canyons' Starring Lindsay Lohan & James Deen

    Director Paul Schrader’s “The Canyons” opens up with images of what appears to be a post-apocalyptic world for cinema. Cameras glide over ghost towns of dilapidated, dying and dead movie theaters, backed by a haunted and menacing electro score. The suggestion implied is that cinema is coming to an e...

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    Review: 'Our Children' a Strong, Distressing Portrait of a Woman on the Verge of a Murderous Breakdown (TRAILER)

    Belgium's 2012 Oscar entry “Our Children,” directed by Joachim Lafosse, is based on real events that took place in a Brussels suburb in 2007, where a woman systematically murdered her children with a kitchen knife.

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    Review - 'The Wolverine' Makes A Killing

    I’ve always had a problem with the Wolverine character in comics and in the movies, particularly in the movies. My problem was that the nature of Wolverine’s fighting ability, using six foot-long claws, meant that in order to defeat a foe, it would mean killing them. What else can you do with claws ...

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    A Hidden Gem Emerges On DVD

    As I wrote some months ago, 20th Century Fox is digging into its vaults to release a cornucopia of titles from the 1930s through the 1960s on made-to-order DVDs.

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    Bobcat Goldthwait Discusses His Found Footage Bigfoot Thriller 'Willow Creek'

    Bobcat Goldthwait's filmmaking career has yet to gain as much recognition as his '80s comedy work, which many people will recall for his screaming delivery in several "Police Academy" movies among other places. As a writer-director, however, Goldthwait funnels that rage into more contained storytell...

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    First Reviews of 'Breaking Bad's Final Season

    Here's a handful of first looks in anticipation of the series' last premiere date. Also: a Season 1 revisit and a new TV show from the writin staff's perspective.

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