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    Review: ‘The Wolverine’ Starring Hugh Jackman

    The narrative for months before and during the making of the movie by James Mangold and Hugh Jackman, was a borderline campaign apology that read something like: “Please excuse the inexcusable ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine.’ We are starting over here. Please take this journey with us as we explore the W...

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    How Comic Books Have Changed Movie Storytelling

    How comic-book movies went from apologizing to newcomers to making them feel left out.

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    How 'The Wolverine' Reflects the Problems With the Film Industry

    While frugal directors and producers working outside the Hollywood playing field relish in the schadenfreude, disoriented moguls perplexed by their current situation might want to spend the weekend contemplating it in the context of Hollywood's latest -- and mercifully watchable -- product, "The Wol...

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    Review: Delightful Relationship Comedy 'Drinking Buddies,' Starring Anna Kendrick and Olivia Wilde, Marks Career High For Joe Swanberg

    In eight years of features, Joe Swanberg has developed a substantial body of minor works, but "Drinking Buddies" proves it had a direction. Swanberg's unabashedly scrappy profiles tend to focus on perpetually inelegant people in search of meaning in their lives as they often struggle to find romanti...

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    VODetails: 'Moon Man'

    A Charming, Offbeat Adaptation of Tomi Ungerer's Children's Classic

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    Review: 'The To Do List' Starring Aubrey Plaza, Bill Hader & Alia Shawkat

    For those of us who came of age in the '90s it has not been uncommon to notice a certain nostalgia creeping up on you these last few years. At first maybe you were happy to revisit some old songs or movies you hadn't heard/seen in a while but before you knew it, pop culture artifacts you didn't part...

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    Fantasia Fest Review: 'Doomsdays' Is Defiantly Original

    Tired of train wrecks? Alienated by mutant life forms? Bewildered by budgets? Done with the undead? Then the movies for you, thus far this year, are 1) Andrew Bujalski’s “Computer Chess” and 2) Eddie Mullins’ as-yet-all-but-unseen “Doomsdays,” which premieres tonight at Fantasia Fest in Montreal. Th...

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    Lynda Obst's New Book 'Sleepless in Hollywood' Asks: Is There Still Room for Movies in the Movie Business?

    With six mega-hundred-million-dollar-movies already making belly flops into Hollywood’s summer movie pool, and the summer barely half over, it seems like everybody is worrying about the Future of Movies.

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    Review Roundup: 'The Wolverine' -- Sharp Entertainment or Getting Dull with Age?

    James Mangold's "The Wolverine" -- the sixth installment in the X-Men franchise -- hits theaters on July 26. Critics are all over the map on this Japan-set entry; Variety calls the film "smart... and surprisingly existential" and praises jacked lead Hugh Jackman for being in top form, while the Tele...

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    Bong Joon-Ho's Sci-Fi Thriller 'Snowpiercer' Receives First Round of Rave Reviews

    With an impressive cast and icy dystopian sheen, Bong Joon-ho's sci-fi thriller and English-language debut "Snowpiercer" has been racking up a lot of interest lately. For a while that interest had only been sated by trailers and photos, but as the film prepares for its South Korean release date, a f...

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