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    Now and Then: Gay Biopics 'J. Edgar' and 'Milk' Reveal How History Is Made

    "We must never forget our history," growls aging anti-Communist lion J. Edgar Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio) near the end of "J. Edgar." "We must never lower our guard." Here, Janus-like in their fusion and opposition, lay the film's two faces: To narrate the past and hopefully to redeem it.

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    'The Walking Dead,' Episode 3 Review: What About the Women?

    “The Walking Dead” made an attitude adjustment this week. The episode, written by Scott M. Gimple & Glenn Mazzara and directed quite beautifully by Ernest R. Dickerson, was all about Shane and Rick together.

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    Review: Tyler Rides, Dances To 2Pac & Brawls But Still Fails To Convince He's "Good" Enough For The Job!

    Tyler Perry’s new film Good Deeds opened in theaters yesterday; it stars Perry in the lead role with Thandie Newton, Brian White, Gabrielle Union and Phylicia Rashad. I caught one of the earlier showings here in Chicago, but before I get into my critique of the film, I supposed a brief summar...

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    Review: 'Exhausted' Is Spiritually Draining Shock Cinema

    Even in this day and age where DVD has brought so much to your doorstep, when countless streaming services allow you to screen the most challenging fare, one cannot neglect the feeling of sitting in a theater with others and sharing a communal shock. New York City is where you'd go to see an exp...

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    Review: 'Gone' Starring Amanda Seyfried Is A Zero Sum Detective Story Meets Empty Lifetime Movie Slasher

    It’s weirdly fitting that "Gone" is just as tonally confused as its lead protagonist -- the creators of the new Amanda Seyfried vehicle have made a slasher film for the Lifetime movie set. Director Heitor Dhalia tellingly concludes the film’s opening scene, with Seyfried, ...

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    Scorsese's List of 85 Films You Must See

    During an interview, off the top of his head Martin Scorsese gave writer Rick Tetzeli a list of 85 must-see films that influenced him. Of course as an NYU Cinema Studies graduate and so-called film expert, I had to check my mettle against Scorsese.

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    Wanderlust—movie review

    If you’re a fan of the comedy generated by The State and 'Stella’s' David Wain, Ken Marino, and their performer pals, you’ll either be the perfect audience for 'Wanderlust' or you may find the humor overly familiar. I am not a diehard fan, and I found the film mildly amusing.

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    What to See, What to Skip: New Reviews this Week

    This week's new releases include the long awaited second film from Joshua Marston "The Forgiveness of Blood"; the new David Wain comedy "Wanderlust"; Australian teen thriller "Tomorrow, When the War Began"; and for those looking for some authenticity in their a...

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    Why 'The Forgiveness of Blood' Deserved the Same Oscar Consideration as 'A Separation'

    "The Forgiveness of Blood" examines the barriers of ritual and the passage from youth to adulthood in Albanian society with the perceptive detail of a grand literary feat. At the same time, it retains the simplicity of a parable. That it hits U.S. theaters at the height of Oscar fever is a...

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    Review: 'Act Of Valor' Lives Out The Hopeless Nihilism Of The Modern Action Movie

    What have you done today? Probably nothing, says “Act Of Valor,” the new military recruitment film from directors 'Mouse' McCoy and Scott Waugh. A title card appears early explaining that the film is "based on real acts of valor,” which is a nice way of saying non...

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