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    Despite Shaky Screenplay, 'Life of Pi' Is Ang Lee's Best Spectacle Since 'Crouching Tiger'

    In his finer moments, Lee translates the book's wondrous prose into grand visual conceits meant for the big screen. Posited as a story that "will make you believe in God," instead it has the power to confirm one's faith in the cinematic experience.

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    Fantastic Fest Review: 'Sightseers'

    A review of one of Fantastic Fest 2012's surprise screenings.

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    Dirty Daniels: 'The Paperboy's' Twisted Delivery

    It’s not often that a film can leave you in desperate need of a hot (not cold) shower, but director Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy does just that.

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    NYFF Review: 'Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out' Depicts A Filmmaker In Crisis Mode Overshadowing Her Subject

    In “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired,” filmmaker Marina Zenovich attempted to shine a light on the darker corners of the Polanski rape case that forced him to flee the country. Its affect was considerable in the public perception of his case, to the point where it was soon reopened by investigator...

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    Clint Abides: TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE

    In one of his great essays about baseball, the late A. Bartlett Giamatti famously called the game “our best invention to stay change.” Giamatti (who, besides being president of Yale University, was briefly commissioner of Major League Baseball) added, “I need to think somethin...

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    Looper—movie review

    'Looper' is a rare example of ingenious science-fiction storytelling where the fundamental concepts are so intriguing that their stylish execution feels like gravy.

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    Pitch Perfect—movie review

    It may not break any new ground, but 'Pitch Perfect' provides lively entertainment in the hitherto unexplored world of collegiate a cappella choirs.

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    Critic's Notebook: What Does Iran's Oscar Boycott Mean For the Future of Iranian Cinema?

    After the Iranian film "A Separation" won an Oscar last year, many people eagerly awaited the country's Oscar submission for 2013. But the sudden impact of the anti-Islamic movie "The Innocence of Muslims" ruined everything.

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    Fantastic Fest Review: The Kids Are Alright In Dan Bradley's Sturdy Remake of 'Red Dawn'

    After North Korean forces set foot on American soil in a clandestine invasion, one character utters that “this was bound to happen sooner or later.” He may just as well be referring to the fact that yet another beloved ‘80s title has been tapped for a remake by Hollywood; this t...

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    Weekend Preview: 'Looper' & 'Pitch Perfect' Deliver

    There could be two home runs at the box office this weekend, as both "Looper" and "Pitch Perfect" score highly with critics. "Looper" delivers the sci-fi thrills and "Pitch Perfect" is both ridiculous and thoroughly enjoyable. There's also a handful of doc...

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