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    'Mad Men' Episode 4 Review and Recap: Joan Opens Door to 'Mystery Date'--Dream or Dud?

    In Sunday's all-new "Mad Men" episode, anticipation and fear reigned. As did two of Alfred Hitchcock's favorite fixations: Murders and mothers. Spoilers ahead!

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    We Have A Pope—movie review

    Given Nanni Moretti’s track record as writer, director, and actor, there is every reason to have high hopes for his latest effort, 'We Have a Pope'. One would presume that a behind-the-scenes look at the process of naming a new Pontiff would provide ample fodder for observational humor. Instead, the...

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    'Girls' Q & A with Dunham & Apatow: Hilarious and Sexually Frank Comedy Series is 'Lena's Show'

    Lena Dunham unveiled the first three episodes of her new HBO series "Girls" (April 15) at SXSW. Safe to say, it played as well for the guys in the room as the women. "It's Lena's show," declared executive producer Judd Apatow during the follow-up Q &A. "If she fucks it up it's her fault. Every choic...

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    Weekend Preview: Indie & Foreign Arrivals Include 'Damsels,' 'Comic-Con,' 'Heyhole,' 'Pope' & 'Hunter'

    The re-release of "Titanic" in 3-D and the return of the "American Pie" gang in "American Reunion" will take a big bite of the pie at theaters this weekend, where "The Hunger Games" is still going strong with $378 million worldwide. (All three are expected to score about $25 million.)

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

    The week's big release is "American Reunion," the sequel that, um, surely a lot of people must have been demanding. Also opening this week: "A Fan's Hope," Morgan Spurlock's Comic-Con documentary; "Damsels In Distress," Whit Stillman's first movie in 14...

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    Critic's Notebook: Why Whit Stillman, not 'Titanic,' Defines the '90s

    The nineties are back! That's the general takeaway from a crop of trend pieces responding to two new releases this week, one that piggybacks on the popularity of a late nineties hit and another that is one. As all sentient beings know by now, James Cameron's "Titanic" reemerge...

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    One Life, Two Callings: A Review of GOD IS THE BIGGER ELVIS

    "The first night I felt like I had jumped off a 20 story building and landed flat on my butt." That’s Mother Prioress Dolores Hart, describing her first night in the Regina Laudis Abbey, after taking her vows as a novice in the Benedictine order.

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    Damsels In Distress—movie review

    It’s difficult to know what to make of Whit Stillman’s 'Damsels in Distress'. When I screened it for my class at USC my students’ reaction was all over the map. One young woman said it was possibly the worst movie she’d ever seen, while a young man raised his hand to say that he loved it; many other...

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    'Tent City, U.S.A.' Documents The Demise of Nashville's Encampment for the Temporarily Homeless; Tonight on OWN

    "Tent City, U.S.A.," a documentary from the Oscar-nominated Steven Cantor ("loudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies," "Blood Ties: The Life and Work of Sally Mann") that premieres tonight, April 5th, at 9pm on the OWN network, looks at a tumultuous ten months in a makesh...

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    Review: 'Your Brother. Remember?' A Touching Trip Down Memory Lane

    Normally, something like Zachary Oberzan's “Flooding With Love for the Kid” is a concept to be scoffed at: the director, in the tiny confines of his apartment, adapted the novel “Rambo” was based on and played all of the characters himself. It sounds crude and generally unimpressive; a novelty desti...

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