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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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    Review: 'We The Party' Is An Overly Familiar Teen Romp That Tries To Be Something More

    "We the Party" has a poster that makes it look like a more urban entry in the popular "Step Up" franchise, but is hilariously tagged as being "From the Director of 'New Jack City,'" a movie that most of the cast and pretty much anyone they're targeting to watch the movie, have either forgotten about...

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    Getting To Know Groucho—And His Brothers—book reviews

    I avoided reading Steve Stoliar’s 'Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho’s House' when it was first published in 1996 because I didn’t want to learn about an aging, diminished Groucho Marx, and I wasn’t interested in rehashing the exploits of Erin Fleming, the controversial woman who took control...

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    Review: "London River" Is An Affecting and Superbly Acted Tale of Humanity (Brenda Blethyn, Sotigui Kouyate)

    London River, directed by French-Algerian filmmaker Rachid Bouchareb (Days of Glory, Outside The Law), made its way to DVD/VOD yesterday, when I was able to catch it via Amazon Instant Video. Aside from a few connection hiccups, I was able to fully appreciate this moving story of a market gardener f...

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    Review: 'American Reunion' Is A Stale Slice Of 'Pie' That Coasts On Nostalgia & Cameos

    “American Reunion” begins with the franchise’s typical sexual misunderstanding played for casual sitcom laughs. Married couple Jim (Jason Biggs) and Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) are preparing for bedtime when she excuses herself to take a late night bath. Without saying a word, Jim watches her leave b...

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    Review: 'ATM' Is An Impossibly Implausible, Hilariously Bad B-Movie

    Cheap, slapped-together run-of-the-mill B-movie thrillers are a dime a dozen. And their egregiousness is often not worthy of outrage or scorn because frequently the films are made on the cheap with a knowing eye towards making a buck with direct-to-DVD sales or foreign markets that don’t care about ...

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