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    Not Too Sappy, Not Too Harsh: Dench and Coogan in 'Philomena'

    If you're going to tell a heart-warming story about a sweet, wronged little old lady, it helps -- even if she is played by Judi Dench -- to have a hard-nosed, mordantly witty, cynical journliast along to offset the sugar quotient. That is the brilliant strategy behind Philomena, the fact-based story...

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    New And Notable Film Books For November – Part 1

    Years ago, writer-photographer Mark A. Vieira wrote and compiled a handsome book called "Hurrell’s Hollywood Portraits." This enormous and elegant volume supersedes it...

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    DOC NYC Review: 'A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair at the New York Times'

    DOC NYC Review: 'A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair at the New York Times'

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    Critics vs. Academy: Do 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,' 'Saving Mr. Banks,' and 'The Book Thief' Need Great Reviews?

    A look at the gap between critics and Academy voters. Will "The Book Thief," "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" and "Saving Mr. Banks" scoot past reviewers?

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    Review and Round-Up: Stephen Frears' Oscar-Friendly 'Philomena' Stars Judi Dench and Steve Coogan (TRAILER)

    It's no surprise that the Weinstein Co. is releasing "Philomena," which is one of those movies aimed squarely at the Academy middle. It took a while for writer-producer-star Steve Coogan--who seems to be trying to perform some kind of career rehab by playing a softer-hearted creature than his usual-...

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    Lady Gaga on SNL Scores Highest Ratings of the Season (Plus, Watch the Episode's 5 Best Sketches) UPDATED

    UPDATED: Lady Gaga's gig as host and musical guest on the November 16 SNL has catapulted the episode to the highest ratings of the season.

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    Review: Chika Anadu's debut feature 'B For Boy' asks: "What is the worth of a womb?"

    Review: Chika Anadu's debut feature 'B For Boy' asks: "What is the worth of a womb?"

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    Review: 'Narco Cultura' Depicts a Mexican Culture that Glorifies Murder, Decapitation and Crime

    It’s hard to say what’s more disturbing -- long term, at any rate – about Shaul Schwarz’s excellent “Narco Cultura.” Is it the dead children, wailing mothers and bloody water running through the gutters of Juarez? Or the roomful of clueless idiots at Hollywood’s House of Blues, singing along to a M...

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