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    Review: 'The Great Gatsby' Is A Decadently Empty Tale Of Empty Decadence & Impossible Love

    The distinctive, vista-obsessed movies of Baz Luhrmann are nothing if not stylish, generally flamboyant and lavish in their candy-colored visual treatments. Subtlety has never been of much interest to the Australian filmmaker who has leaned heavily on melodrama and romantic fairy tales told in a pas...

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    REVIEW: Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby' Wows with Audacious 3-D Visuals, Sags Dramatically

    "The Great Gatsby" is a guilty pleasure, a swirling, audacious piece of cinema --in 3-D!--that could prove a crowdpleaser for young audiences. Set during the Roaring Twenties, the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel has been a fave of high school and college kids for decades. It plays young, partly be...

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    Recap: Memes & A Paul Simon Parody Does In The 'Veep'

    The second season of "Veep" is finally on the upswing after stumbling out of the gate, with last week's episode showing what the writers can do with just a little bit of focus. And this week's "The Vic Allen Dinner" mostly takes the same tack, finding comedic potential in a simple premise and then d...

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    Review: Found Footage ‘Frankenstein’s Army’ An Uninspired Disappointment

    What can be written about “Frankenstein’s Army”? Don’t see it. You may say, "But it looks so interesting with its WWII-era steam-punk and maybe it’s so bad that it’s good." Just don’t. It may scream, “Come see me!” to horror and genre fans, but please don’t or if you must, at least make sure you hav...

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    Docs – Life After Tribeca? These Titles Deserve It

    A few good docs always emerge from Tribeca. Yet emerging from any film festival with strong reviews and a distribution deal doesn’t mean that anyone will see the film.

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    Tribeca Review: Experimental Shorts Series 'Let There Be Light' Turns the Simple Into the Intense

    Thirteen experimental short films screened in the "Let There Be Light: The Cycles of Life" series at the Tribeca Film Festival. Each of the films was loosely connected by the "profound artistic influence of light" in film. Some of the films highlighted the power of sunlight, flickering through trees...

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    Review: 'Aroused' A Desperate Attempt To Be Revealing About An Already-Revealing Industry

    There’s a probing, but flattering documentary yet to be made about the secret lives of porn stars. Unfortunately, “Aroused,” the directorial debut of photographer Deborah Anderson, is not it. This mostly black-and-white documentary boasts what pretends to be an uncensored look at the inner lives of ...

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    Review: 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Often Thrills, But Undone By An Underwritten Villain & Thin Story

    Cast your mind back four years or so, to stardate early May 2009, and remember a time when J.J Abrams wasn't yet the anointed savior of Hollywood. He had an ever-growing fanbase, and had already been behind at least one bona-fide small screen pop culture phenomenon. But his influence on the big-scre...

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    Review: 'Iron Man 3' Is The Most Entertaining Marvel Movie Yet

    Review: 'Iron Man 3' Is The Most Entertaining Marvel Movie Yet

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    San Francisco Festival Diary: Kate Bosworth and Michael Polish Talk Falling in Love on 'Big Sur'

    SFIFF programmer Sean Uyehara, who's been hanging out with Michael Polish in the bar upstairs, dares to ask, "what was it like to fall in love on the set?" Polish replies, "It took me ten films to fall in love on the set!," whereupon Kate Bosworth says "I wish I had gone to the bar!" But Polish co...

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