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    Weekend Preview: Catch Up on Oscar Viewing, Plus 'Gangster Squad,' 'Clandestine Childhood,' 'Quartet' and 'Struck by Lightning'

    Per usual, January is not a fertile ground for strong new movies. Arrivals this weekend will be fighting for attention amidst the Oscar chatter. Dustin Hoffman's delightfully escapist "Quartet," which had an-Oscar qualifying run, leads the pack at 78% Fresh. Despite its abundance of movie stars, the...

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    Review: 'A Haunted House' Weirdly Cannot Decide If It's A Parody Or Not

    In 2012, Channing Tatum cemented his position as a Hollywood A-Lister with a number of versatile roles in blockbusters that, more or less, heavily capitalized on his physicality. Obviously there was the obvious sexuality of “Magic Mike,” but there was also the commanding romantic desperation at the ...

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    Critic's Notebook: The Biggest Oscar Snub Isn't Kathryn Bigelow; It's Jafar Panahi

    When the Oscar nominations were announced on Thursday morning, pundits immediately centered on one notable omission: Kathryn Bigelow. While "Zero Dark Thirty" landed nominations for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, Bigelow's immersive account of the hunt for Osama bin Laden clearly took a ...

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    GANGSTER SQUAD

    "Gangster Squad" represents a missed opportunity. Director Ruben Fleischer and screenwriter Will Beall have discarded a great real-life story (uncovered by journalist Paul Lieberman in his book of the same name) and given us an overblown comic strip instead.

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    QUARTET

    With a sterling cast led by Maggie Smith and a script by playwright and screenwriter Ronald Harwood, whose credits include "The Dresser," "The Pianist," and "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," this film comes with impeccable credentials for mature moviegoers.

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    Review: 'Zero Dark Thirty' Is A Dense & Intense National Security Procedural

    Spanning two presidential administrations and approximately eight years, “Zero Dark Thirty” is as dispassionate, clinical and grindingly thorough as an obsessed tactical procedural can get. But at two and a half hours, the hunt for Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden is also as gripping and...

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    L.A. Rebellion 2013 Retrospective Reviews: "Illusions," "Fragrance," and "Rain"

    EDITOR'S NOTE: The retro is being rebooted for runs in Philly, Toronto and New York through February. Over the next few weeks, we'll be revisiting our reviews/write-ups/interviews on the series (from Brandon Wilson and Nijla Mumin) when it begun in Los Angeles a year ago... here's anothe...

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    Review: Why 'John Dies at the End,' Now on VOD, Is An Ideal Alternative to 'Gangster Squad'

    Review: Why 'John Dies at the End,' Now on VOD, Is An Ideal Alternative to 'Gangster Squad'

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    L.A. Rebellion 2013 Retrospective Review - Jamaa Fanaka's 'Penitentiary'

    L.A. Rebellion 2013 Retrospective Review - Jamaa Fanaka's 'Penitentiary'

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    Early Review Roundup: Wong Kar-wai's 'The Grandmaster' Strikes a Balance Between Haunting Style and True Kung Fu

    Two early reviews for Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar-wai's highly anticipated and long-gestating "The Grandmaster" have hit the web, both praising the film's deft balance between being a "beautiful" kung fu genre movie and a stylish exploration of many of the director's career-long themes. Complaints inc...

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