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    Top Ways (Sarcastic and Not) Futuristic 'Elysium' Reflects Today

    Matt Damon can save almost any film for me, and the perfectly competent, entirely predictable Elysium may be where "almost" kicks in. Like most summer action movies -- from Man of Steel to World War Z -- it has an intriguing premise that gets lost mid-way through in the barrage of special effect...

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    The Spectacular Now

    I haven’t felt so swept up in the emotional lives of young people since "The Perks of Being a Wallflower."

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    2 Guns

    Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg make a charismatic team and have swagger to spare, as soldiers-of-fortune who are hustling money and drugs on both sides of the Mexican border.

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    Review: Joachim LaFosse's 'Our Children' Starring Tahar Rahim

    Some movies you don't exit, you escape. You crawl out from underneath them, they're so heavy and oppressive and immovably huge. "Our Children" is one such weighty mass. But instead of being a transformative, ultimately life-affirming experience, the way similarly bleak "Amour" and "Rust & Bone" are,...

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    Review: James Ponsoldt's 'The Spectacular Now' Starring Shailene Woodley & Miles Teller

    Sutter Keely (Miles Teller) is the charming, good time guy who lives in the moment. Self-assured, he’s the life of the party, popular, and he and his girlfriend Cassidy (Brie Larson) breeze through their high school experience. Sutter and Cassidy are like a teenage power couple that rule parties tha...

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    This Weekend: See 'Spectacular Now,' Belgium's 'Our Children' and Yes, 'The Canyons'; Skip 'Smurfs 2'

    What an eclectic bag this weekend brings. The two must-sees are in the indie-arthouse sector: Belgium's 2012 Oscar entry "Our Children," a devastating real-life story of a mother driven to murder, and James Ponsoldt's coming-of-age Sundance hit "The Spectacular Now," starring Shailene Woodley and Mi...

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    Review and Roundup: '2 Guns' Tries to Breathe Life Into Old Formula

    "2 Guns" is a great example of what's right and wrong with commercial studio moviemaking these days. It's smarter and more entertaining than your average $80-million schlocker. And it's got a cast of wily entertainers keeping us engaged, from sparring undercover agents Denzel Washington and Mark Wah...

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    Review and Roundup: In Defense of Paul Schrader's Misunderstood 'The Canyons'

    Like the film's infamously trying production and its central character Tara -- who Lindsay Lohan acts the hell out of -- "Canyons" careens wildly from one extreme to the next. But it isn't just so-bad-it's-good kitsch. "The Canyons" ultimately is good, hard to admire, yes, but harder to look away fr...

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    Does a CNN Broadcast Turn 'Our Nixon' Into TV?

    'Our Nixon,' compiled from home movies taken by the former president's staff, got strong reviews on the festival circuit and is now airing on CNN. Does that change what critics expect from it?

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    Review: Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium' Starring Matt Damon & Jodie Foster

    The year is 2154, and while the future may include ships that reach supersonic speeds in fifteen seconds, and advanced weaponry and technology that now interacts directly with the human body, the divide between the haves and have nots has never been greater. Los Angeles has essentially become one la...

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