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    Review: Idiosyncratic & Hilarious ‘Kings Of Summer’ Heralds The Arrival Of A Fresh New Comic Voice

    After the premiere screening at Sundance of his wonderful debut feature “Kings Of Summer,” director Jordan Vogt-Roberts – responsible for the short “Successful Alcoholics” and a veteran of “Funny Or Die Presents…” – told the audience his influences for his first feature included early Amblin films l...

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    Review: 'American Mary' Is Just Another Stroll Down Body Modification Lane

    Some great movies, and a whole lot of terrible ones, seem to begin with one image. In regards to “American Mary,” that image the voluptuous Katherine Isabelle, clad in form-hugging lingerie, clasping a scalpel, blood leaking in her cleavage, an item of titillation that just about covers the singular...

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    Review: 'Now You See Me' Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher & Mark Ruffalo

    David Copperfield once famously quipped to Johnny Carson, that the difference between a trick and an illusion is "about $40,000." And certainly, in recent years magic has gone from something defined by either birthday party tricksters or arena selling professionals, into a piece of slick entertainme...

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    Weekend Preview: Head to 'The East' and Must-See 'Hannah Arendt'; Critics Skewer Shyamalan's 'After Earth'

    If you live in a "limited release" city, then you've got a fine array of moviegoing options for the weekend. Zal Batmanglij's "The East," starring co-writer Brit Marling, Ellen Page and Alexander Skarsgard, is a smart anti-establishment thriller gaining good reviews from critics. Same goes for Sunda...

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    SIFF Review: Painterly, Meditative 'The Forgotten Kingdom' Buoyed by Rich Performances

    Premiering today at the Seattle International Film Festival is Andrew Mudge's South African drama The Forgotten Kingdom.

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    This Year's James Bond Is James Marsh's 'Shadow Dancer'

    Generally speaking, this is an off-year for James Bond. Recent reports suggest that Sam Mendes, widely acclaimed for rejuvenating the franchise with last year's "Skyfall," will return for another installment sometime next year, which means the next Bond movie will hit theaters…well, later. But if it...

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    Review Roundup: M. Night Shyamalan Makes a "Non-Happening" with 'After Earth,' Starring a Sparkless Jaden and Will Smith

    Critics aren't impressed with either M. Night Shyamalan's directorial work or the Jaden and Will Smith pairing in new apocalyptic sci-fi entry "After Earth" (June 7). The venom towards Shyamalan is strong (Sony all but cut his name from the film's marketing), with Variety calling his film a "non-hap...

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    Cannes Wrap-Up: All the Interviews, News and Reviews from Indiewire's 2013 Festival Coverage

    Au revoir, Cannes. The 66th Annual Festival de Cannes has come and gone, but not without leaving an indelible impact on the industry. From the big winners to the unexpected disappointments, the early morning screenings in southern France were only part of the story. Deals were brokered left and righ...

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    Critical Consensus: What Worked and Didn't at the Cannes Film Festival This Year?

    "Every year at one festival or another there's something to shake up the troops. But this year at Cannes, the shocks did indeed seem greater."

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    Review: 'After Earth' Provides Father-Son Counseling Within Generic Sci-Fi Trappings

    In regards to summer blockbusters, there’s a sense that we should grade on a curve. So count a couple of wins in M. Night Shyamalan’s column: “After Earth” is not one of those movies where you have to keep track of a million characters, each one having some sort of individual, arcane plot significan...

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