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    The Vampire Who Came To Dinner: Johnny Depp and Tim Burton Do Dark Shadows

    I’m a big fan of Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, and vampires in general, so Dark Shadows is a film with my name on it. But you don’t need that perfect storm of tastes to fall for this funny pop confection. You don’t even have to be familiar with the 60’s afternoon soap opera...

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    How Hirokazu Kore-eda's "I Wish" Puts Most Family Dramas to Shame

    How Hirokazu Kore-eda's "I Wish" Puts Most Family Dramas to Shame

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    Review: David Mackenzie's Music Festival Rom-Com 'Tonight You're Mine' Has A Tin Ear

    Not many films are set at music festivals. D.A. Pennebaker’s documentary, “Monterey Pop” is vital, we’ll grant you, and other rock docs that expose something fundamental about the artists they’re profiling (“Don’t Look Back,” “Gimme Shelter&rdquo...

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    Now and Then: 'Haywire,' 'Bourne' Trilogy Prove That Style Is Substance

    Steven Soderbergh is a tough guy to peg. He made his name with a densely talkative indie about orgasms ("sex, lies, and videotape"), and in 22 films since has tackled everything from classy capers ("Out of Sight, the "Ocean's" trilogy) to the biopic of an iconic revolutionary ("Che"). But one thing ...

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    Hot Docs Review: 'Bones Brigade' Another Winning Look At Skateboarding Culture From Stacy Peralta

    Most people don't have enough happen in their life to make one documentary, but it turns out Stacy Peralta has enough to make at least two. Eleven years after he delved into his own adolescent history with “Dogtown And Z-Boys,” Peralta has made another skateboarding doc about the next phase of his c...

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    Critic's Notebook: Deleting 'The Avengers' and Other Misadventures From the Digital Frontier

    Journalists get used to perks, avoiding long lines chief among them. However, when a New York press screening for "The Avengers" ran into a technical snafu last week, we had no choice but to wait...

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    What to See, What to Skip: New Reviews This Week

    The summer movie season has officially begun. Kicking off the blockbuster barrage of the next few months is Joss Whedon's much anticipated superhero flick "The Avengers," which has been getting almost unanimously glowing reviews across the board. As is always the case with summer, a number of smal...

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    Review: "The Avengers" (YES. Period. Full stop. That's it. Done. See It!)

    It opens today. A review repost.

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    Review: Julia Roberts-Produced 'Jesus Henry Christ' Is Blasphemously Joyless

    There's a moment in "Jesus Henry Christ" when a character is said to be in poor health. When asked what happened to him, the answer is "The Bulls won the championship." We flash back to 1998, where a lisping ethnic caricature sits on a couch; his shoulders slumped, defeated as the television blares ...

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    The Avengers—movie review

    If every summer blockbuster or comic-book movie were as good as 'Marvel’s The Avengers' I’d greet the upcoming release slate with a lot more enthusiasm…but there aren’t many writer-directors as talented as Joss Whedon. Indeed, it’s the writing that sets this film apart...

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