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    A Teen Helps Syrian Rebels From the U.S., But Can She Carry A Movie? '#chicagoGirl' Attempts It

    The role of social media in fueling the Arab Spring has been a crucial aspect of its progress, so it was only a matter of time before somebody made a documentary about it.

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    Review: Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy’ Starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen & Samuel L. Jackson

    Wook’s 2003 original, and also one reason from many why an American adaptation should have remained a “what-if” scenario. At least Lee occasionally knows which battles to pick: when an eight-armed mollusk does appear—clung to the side of a water tank in a dingy Chinese restaurant—it stays there. As ...

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    Review: Spike Lee's Bloody, Eccentric 'Oldboy' Remake Is His Most Entertaining Movie Since 'Inside Man'

    Lee has characterized his take on the material as a "reinterpretation" rather than a remake, although it might be more aptly described as a remix -- like a Spike Lee join slammed head-first into a Park Chan-wook one.

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    Review: 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom' Anchored by Strong Performances (Opens Friday)

    Review: 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom' Anchored by Strong Performances (Opens Friday)

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    Is Nelson Mandela Overrated? New Documentary 'A Letter to Nelson Mandela' Makes the Case

    With Nelson Mandela apparently at death's door and the biopic "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" revving up for Oscar season with a recent White House screening, widespread veneration for South Africa's iconic leader has arguably never been higher. So Khalo Matabane's diary-like documentary "A Letter t...

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    Review: 'Homefront' Starring Jason Statham, James Franco, Kate Bosworth And Winona Ryder

    The craft of the B-picture has been lost. It’s been lost in a sea of audiences trained by awards shows and armchair critics to thumb their nose at straight action films, the kind of entertainment that used to be the audience’s bread-and-butter. It used to mean that you threw cash at the screen to ma...

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    Ahab Hoberman Throws His Latest Barb at the Coen Brothers

    J. Hoberman is one of the finest working critics, but when it comes to Joel and Ethan Coen, he's too mad to see straight.

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    How Do You Turn Someone On To Classic Film?

    Tips on converting newbies from the Self-Styled Siren and her posse.

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    Book Review: 'A Life of Barbara Stanwyck,' at 1000 Pages, Builds a Living Thing

    “A Life of Barbara Stanwyck” by Victoria Wilson ends abruptly in 1940. Still ahead are “The Lady Eve” and “Ball of Fire,” “Meet John Doe” and “Double Indemnity,” not to mention more than 40 other movies and four years as the matriarch of a sprawling 19th century ranch on the television series, “The...

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