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    Review: Said Ould-Khelifa's Zabana! (Algeria's Submission For Best Foreign Language Oscar)

    I'm not sure if it's widely-known that the opening sequence of Gillo Pontecorvo's 1966 masterpiece Battle of Algiers, features the execution of the man who's at the center of Said Ould-Khelifa's Zabana! - Algeria's selection for the Best Foreign ...

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    Review: 'Jack Reacher' Is The Rare Franchise-Starter That Makes You Hungry For More

    Much of the hoopla surrounding "Jack Reacher," the first adaptation of the insanely popular series of Lee Child-penned thrillers, has had to do with the casting of the diminutive Tom Cruise in the title role. As described in the novels, Reacher is, physically speaking, a brute – close-cropped blonde...

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    Weekend Preview: From a Speedier 'Hobbit' to Yet Another Christopher Walken Comedy

    Those expecting the grandeur of "Lord of the Rings" from Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" (the first of a new prequel trilogy) will be disappointed. But that's not to say the ride isn't enjoyable once you get used to the 48fps in 3-D. Were I to sit ...

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    Review: 'Yelling To The Sky' (Call It The Cinematic Equivalent Of Miles Davis' 'Bitches Brew')

    Review: 'Yelling To The Sky' (Call It The Cinematic Equivalent Of Miles Davis' 'Bitches Brew')

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    Critic's Notebook: Why We Still Love Pasolini

    For Pier Paolo Pasolini, cinema represented a sort of aggregator, gathering together his passions and insecurities alike. In his relatively short life -- he died under mysterious circumstances in 1975 at the age of 53 -- he had been a poet, filmmaker, journalist, playwright, social commentator, film...

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    Review: Abbie Cornish Shines, But The Questionable 'The Girl' Remains Ethically Dubious

    Well-told, well-shot and featuring a strong, but restrained and internalized performance from actress Abbie Cornish, director David Riker's "The Girl" is a mannered and in-the-pocket indie drama that might be a total subdued winner if it weren't for its dubious political ...

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    Review - 'The Loving Story' (A Uniquely Personal, Poignant Reminder Of The USA's Racist Past)

    Directed by Nancy Buirski, The Loving Story centers on the real-life story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple living in the state of Virginia where interracial coupling was illegal, and their struggles, including the US Supreme Court case named after them -...

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    Critics' Picks: The Top 10 Undistributed Films of 2012

    When distributors hover in lobbies between film festival screenings, there's a common refrain: "I love it, but it won't perform." Variations include "It's just not commercial" and "How the hell do you cut a trailer out of that?" While there are always bold distributors who release eclectic programmi...

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    THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY

    I have great regard for Peter Jackson and his filmmaking partners, which is why it pains me to say that I found 'The Hobbit' incredibly boring. As in 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy, Jackson and his WETA team have raised the bar for visual effects and created some stunning set pieces...

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    FINALLY! The Answers--and Winners--for David Thomson's 2012 Impossibly Hard Quiz

    "Is it too hard?" David Thomson asked me when he submitted his 2012 Impossibly Hard Quiz (to accompany his new Hollywood history, "The Big Screen"). I jumped into the rabbit hole for a few queries and thought if I gave it enough time I'd be able figure them out. Did I have that time? No. And when Se...

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