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    This Weekend: Plenty to Choose From with 'Dallas Buyers Club', 'Broken Circle Breakdown,' 'Ender's Game' and 'About Time'

    A plenitude of films hit theaters this weekend. Best reviewed is Jean-Marc Vallee's "Dallas Buyers Club," starring an emaciated Matthew McConughey as real-life AIDS patient Ron Woodruff, who in the early '90s set up an under-the-table pharmacy in Texas supplying unapproved meds for HIV. McConaughey ...

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    Review: 'Last Vegas' Is Hellish Vision

    Jon Turteltaub’s “Last Vegas,” which won’t be the last of anything, is a visionary movie -- the vision being hellish. We’ve already been seeing the likes of it -- aging stars, packaged together for amalgamated throw-weight. And we’re going to see more of its comedic ilk as the Boomers slouch toward ...

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    The Musician Who Helped Oscar Isaac's Guitar-Picking in the Coens' 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

    Oscar Isaac, who plays the eponymous troubador in the Coen brother’s upcoming “Inside Llewyn Davis,” was on the set of a little indie on Long Island a couple of years back when a grip started passing a “cheapo” guitar around. One actor started playing it, in a style Isaac knew.

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    Review: Director's Cut Of Bong Joon-Ho's 'Snowpiercer' Is Visionary & Thrilling

    Few films without a firm release date (in most of the world, at least) have inspired as much chatter of late than Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer." The English-language debut of the South Korean mastermind behind "Memories of Murder," "The Host" and "Mother," it features an all-star cast and a hefty bud...

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    How 'Ender's Game' Is An Unintentional Metaphor For the Edward Snowden Affair

    "Ender's Game" is not only the most subversive blockbuster of the year (a sort of "Starship Troopers Junior," if you will) -- but also an elegant, if unintentional, allegory for the public narrative of Edward Snowden.

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    What's the Secret to Mexican Cinema Today? The Morelia Film Festival Has the Answer

    Several new films prove Morelia’s strong ties with local filmmakers and the nurturing function festivals can have on local talent, who won't forget where they came from even after they’ve hit the big time.

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    Review: 'Diana' Biopic Starring Naomi Watts Not Worthy Of A Crown

    From the use of Jacques Brel's "Ne Me Quitte Pas" (twice) to choice morsels of quotes such as, "Wherever you are, death will find you, even if you hide yourselves in firmly constructed towers" (from the Koran), the specter of death haunts "Diana." While that's not a surprise, given that the story tr...

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    Review: Domnhall Gleeson Uses Time Travel To Romance Rachel McAdams In 'About Time'

    We’ve sat through an entire generation of fantasy and science fiction films about a protagonist gifted with extraordinary powers who first Resists, then Accepts The Call, which almost always involves saving the world, defeating a powerful villain, and re-establishing the status quo. Very rarely does...

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    Review: Romain Gavras' Vital & Bold 'Our Day Will Come' Starring Vincent Cassel

    Remember a few years ago when M.I.A. was trying to drum up attention for her ultimately underwhelming third album? There was the New York Times profile, the outrageous fashion decisions, and, most notably, the "controversial" video for "Born Free," directed by Romain Gavras (son of director Costa-Ga...

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    Your Week in Streaming: This Halloween, 10 Horror Movies to Scar You for Life

    Halloween is upon us. Satisfy your taste for the weird, curious, disturbing and life-scarring with these 10 independent horror films that will melt your brain and rot your soul.

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