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    Review: The Kids Are All Right in 'The Kings of Summer,' A Sappy Coming-of-Age Romantic Comedy

    The fine young summer romance -- that time in the short months between spring and fall when love gets idealized and love gets messy -- is an idea so entrenched in pop culture and particularly in film that we tend to forget to ask if such an impossible thing actually exists? It never existed for me, ...

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    Review: 'This Is The End' Starring Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, James Franco & Danny McBride

    While Jonah Hill and James Franco have each earned Oscar nominations, with Danny McBride finding roles both dramatic and comedic on the small and big screen, Jay Baruchel showing new shades on the stage and Craig Robinson adding textures to his comic persona, it's really been Seth Rogen who has more...

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    Review: 'The East' Is A Divisive, But Stylish Thriller & Worthy Companion Piece To 'Sound Of My Voice'

    The first images in "The East" – the new thriller from Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling, the team who made last year's underrated cult thriller "Sound Of My Voice" – are grainy footage of intruders breaking into someone's home juxtaposed with images of seagulls covered in oil. We are told through voi...

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    Review: Inert 'The Wall' Lacks Dramatic Momentum

    The term “adaptation” seems to escape certain filmmakers, flummoxing those who seem absolutely wedded to their material. It squanders a great deal of potential when stories, themes and characters are followed to the letter, ignoring that the shift from one medium to another requires a tremendous tra...

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    Under the Magnifying Glass: "Injustice: Gods Among Us"

    Created by Mortal Kombat developers NetherRealm Studios, Injustice: Gods Among Us lets you take part in a cross dimensional conflict of epic proportions. If you like fighting games, or the DC universe, you will very much like this.

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    After Earth

    Hollywood keeps telling us that the earth is doomed in such movies as "Oblivion," "The Host" and even the upcoming comedy "This is the End." But if anyone can survive a depleted planet, you’ve got to figure it would be Will Smith—

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    The East

    Two years ago, Brit Marling was the talk of Sundance: a newcomer with two movies in competition which she co-wrote and costarred in.

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    The Kings Of Summer

    I’m always impressed when I come upon a writer or director with a unique storytelling voice. "The Kings of Summer" may not be a great movie but it’s definitely an original.

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    Shadow Dancer

    British actress Andrea Riseborough is coming into her own as she builds an impressive résumé—including a high-profile role as Tom Cruise’s partner in "Oblivion."

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    Review: Idiosyncratic & Hilarious ‘Kings Of Summer’ Heralds The Arrival Of A Fresh New Comic Voice

    After the premiere screening at Sundance of his wonderful debut feature “Kings Of Summer,” director Jordan Vogt-Roberts – responsible for the short “Successful Alcoholics” and a veteran of “Funny Or Die Presents…” – told the audience his influences for his first feature included early Amblin films l...

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