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    Early Review: Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master' Is Visually Dazzling in 70mm, Enigmatic, Certain to Polarize

    On August 3 at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, moviegoers were treated to a surprise screening of Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" in stunning 70mm. Anderson and wife Maya Rudolph were both in attendance.

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    Locarno Review: Why Athena Rachel Tsangari's 'The Capsule' Is More Than a Twisted Fashion Show

    Locarno Review: Why Athena Rachel Tsangari's 'The Capsule' Is More Than a Twisted Fashion Show

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    Review: Brilliant Animated Movie 'ParaNorman' Is One Of The Summer's Biggest (And Best) Surprises

    This summer has been full of big, glitzy animated movies from most of the major studios that have made tons of money but left audiences cold. None of them were particularly imaginative, entertaining or emotionally involving, instead choosing to coast on a steady stream of solid (if not exactly dazzl...

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    Best Films Directed by Women, Reaching Consensus

    While we pore over the latest Sight & Sound film critics poll of the Top 50 Movies of all time, it's not surprising that most of the films are directed by men. The notable exception is Chantal Akerman's "Jeanne Dielman," which I saw in college but barely remember. On the other ...

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    Review: Rashida Jones Stars in 'Celeste and Jesse Forever' (in Theaters Today)

    It’s an adorably hipster account of a couple’s divorce, told from the wife’s point of view. From the artful opening credit sequence laying out their friendship-turned-courtship, we watch the unraveling of what seems like the perfect couple.

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    Locarno Review: Despite Cerebral Fixations, 'Lore' Is Still a Radical Take on the Holocaust Survivor Tale From a Nazi Perspective

    Remove the prologue from Australian director Cate Shortland's German-language drama "Lore," which follows the teen daughter (newbie Saskia Rosendahl) of an S.S. officer on the lam in the immediate aftermath of World War II, and it would have much in common with any number of mopey Holo...

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    Celeste and Jesse Forever

    Here's the first installment where we (the folks who bring you Women and Hollywood) give our opinions (sometimes similiar) of a film opening.

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    Mosquita y Mari - Written and Directed by Aurora Guerrero

    Mosquita y Mari - Written and Directed by Aurora Guerrero

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    Review - 'Dreams Of A Life' (A Harrowing Reconstruction Of A Life From Collected Fragments)

    With Carol Morley's Dreams Of A Life finally opening in USA theaters today, August 3rd, courtesy of Strand Releasing, Here's my review of the film from February, when I first saw it.

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    Critic's Notebook: Why 'Johnny Guitar,' Now On Blu-ray, Deserves a Second Look

    Most 50's psycho-westerns look at the genre, its heroes and American frontier history they inhabit through a glass darkened by the realities of WWII. "Johnny Guitar" views the western through a Jungian kaleidoscope.

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