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    Review: Steven Soderbergh's Action Vacation 'Haywire' Has Style, Smarts & Kicks To The Face

    At the AFI Festival L.A. "Secret Screening" -- blown, and blown up, several hours before as the world premiere of Steven Soderbergh's action-thriller "Haywire" -- the director explained how he found leading lady Gina Carano. He'd just been fired off a film -- "Which happens," he dryly noted -- and h...

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    Is Haywire a Game Changer?

    I know I am dating myself when I can say that I knew nothing about MMA - mixed martial arts - before I saw the film Haywire.  I'm not the kind of person who tunes in to see women beat each other up in cages or in arenas or quite frankly anywhere.  Not my kind of thing.

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    Slamdance 2012: "Getting Up: The TEMPT ONE Story" is an Inspiring Documentary About Our Collaborative Future

    In Bob Bryan’s low-budget 1995 documentary “Graffiti Verite,” L.A. street artist Tony Quan, aka ‘TEMPT,’ talks about how artists in his community feed off each other like jazz musicians. “Graffiti is very communal...very interactive,” he says. A clip of...

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    KEVIN B. LEE: The strange case of the 103 year-old film director

    Few of us can expect to live 100 years, much less have that age represent the prime of our career. But Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira, who last month celebrated his 103rd birthday, has averaged one new film a year since 1985 (Ron Howard's "Cocoon," in which Florida retiree...

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    Review: 'Miss Bala' A Visceral, Layered Look At The Mexican War On Drugs

    Cinema, television and even the music world have always had a somewhat romantic notion of the drug trade. Guys like Scarface and Omar from "The Wire" are seen as badasses making their way, while hip-hop has a whole sub-genre dedicated to raps about slinging crack. And while in our homes and on our i...

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    Review: 'Red Tails' Is A Hoary Mixture Of Jingoistic Clichés & Newfangled Technology

    George Lucas has been pretty outspoken about how difficult his "Red Tails" was to get made – that he had to finance it himself, and when he showed it to studio heads they weren't much interested. And he's framed these stories around race, saying that the reason that "Red Tails" was summarily rejecte...

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    "The City Dark" Will Make You Scared of the Light

    This review was originally published during the 2011 SXSW Film Festival on March 13, 2011.

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    Online French Film Festival Takes On Teen Angst and Race Relations

    The films on offer at the online and VOD My French Film Festival, now in its second year and running through February 1, are a selection of 13 features (10 in competition, three out of competition) from French filmmakers that haven't received theatrical distribution in the U.S. An eight-person jury ...

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    Critical Consensus: James Rocchi and Drew McWeeny Discuss 'Ides of March,' 'Paranormal Activity' and Sundance

    Hitfix film critic Drew McWeeny and MSN Movies critic James Rocchi discuss two new DVD releases: "The Ides of March" and "Paranormal Activity 3." They also touch on their anticipated Sundance films at the end of the discussion.

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    Walloping Action In Soderbergh's Haywire, Plus Fassbender And McGregor

    When a man is contracted to kill kickass undercover agent Mallory Kane, he says with mild curiosity, “I’ve never done a woman before,” and gets the perfect deadpan reply: “You shouldn’t think of her as being a woman. That would be mistake.” That doesn’t...

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