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    Critic's Notebook: Why 'Johnny Guitar,' Now On Blu-ray, Deserves a Second Look

    Most 50's psycho-westerns look at the genre, its heroes and American frontier history they inhabit through a glass darkened by the realities of WWII. "Johnny Guitar" views the western through a Jungian kaleidoscope.

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    Total Recall—movie review

    Does the world need a remake of 'Total Recall'? The 1990 original didn’t look or sound like anything we’d seen before, with its mix of intriguing ideas, cutting-edge special effects, and overblown violence, courtesy of the never-subtle director Paul Verhoeven.

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    Celeste and Jesse Forever—movie review

    Since Hollywood studios seem incapable of crafting a credible—let alone charming—romantic comedy, it remains for someone in the indie world to portray a believable couple an audience can care about. 'Celeste and Jesse Forever' comes tantalizingly close to pulling it off…close enough to recommend it,...

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    REVIEW: 'ParaNorman' Is a Stop-Motion Feast For the Eyes, Less For the Soul

    Stop-motion animation is one of the most resilient techniques in the history of movies.

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    Weekend Preview: 'Total Recall' a Noisy, Shallow, Costly Misfire

    For a reported budget of $200 million, you'd think that if nothing else "Total Recall" would be visually dazzling. Sadly, Len Wiseman's futuristic universe lacks believable depth and texture, and the actors are stuck with a truly uninspired script. A zero-gravity sequence is an exception to the othe...

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    Review: 'Assassin's Bullet' Is A Spectacularly Inept Action Movie

    Even by the admittedly low standards of a basically direct-to-video, shot-in-Bulgaria action thriller starring Christian Slater and Donald Sutherland as a pair of weathered old spies, "Assassin's Bullet" is a fucking chore. It seems to have been created at some kind of magical nexus where sluggish p...

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    Out This Week: A Dozen Reviews of New Indie Releases

    As twelve new indie releases make their way to theaters and VOD later this week, Eric Kohn and other contributors offer their capsule reviews.

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    Locarno Review: Piazza Opening Night Film 'The Sweeney' Pits Gruff Ray Winstone Against Tired Tough Cop Formula

    "The Sweeney" doggedly adheres to a familiar tune that could use some roughing up.

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    Review: 'Total Recall' A Derivative, Dim & Substance-Free Remake

    A pastiche of almost too many movies to count as a remake of just one, “Total Recall” is mindless, middling fare that fails to utilize – much less expand – the provocative concepts at the core of its iconic 1990 predecessor. Len Wiseman, whose “Die Hard” sequel effectively betrayed every one of the ...

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    More Than A Few Words About Post-War German Cinema, Race and 'Toxi'

    For anyone interested in foreign films, one of the most interesting periods of German filmmaking was the post war period between 1946 to the mid 1960’s.

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