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    Review: 'Hotel Transylvania' An Energetic Halloween Treat That Brings Chaos, But Lacks Character

    For some reason (and we're convinced it was a cosmic misunderstanding), the various studios are releasing three horror-themed animated films in three consecutive months. Last month, we got the marvelous (and unfairly marginalized) "ParaNorman," next month we have Tim Burton's triumphant "Frankenween...

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    Now and Then: 'The Master' and Paul Thomas Anderson's American Quadrilogy

    "The Master" is challenging, gorgeous, and forcefully weird, a critical darling and early Oscar contender, but you already knew that. It's also the fourth film in a great, daring, ambitious project to depict the shadow side of our national life over the course of a century — what might be called Pau...

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    Fantastic Fest Review: How 'The American Scream,' From 'Best Worst Movie' Director, Eloquently Captures Blue Collar Struggles

    Michael Paul Stephenson's first documentary, "Best Worst Movie," focused on the cult fascination with the cheesy '80s sequel "Troll 2," and unearthed the passion hiding beneath the admirers' histrionics. Stephenson's follow-up, "The American Scream," dig...

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    Fast and Furious 'Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning' Is One of the Best Action Movies of the Year

    With "Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning," John Hyams delivers a remarkably satisfying action-thriller hybrid that constantly pushes ahead. It's one of the best action movies of the year simply because it keeps hitting the right beats.

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    TV's 'Revolution' Reminds Why Networks Aren't Earning Emmy Drama Love

    When the lights – and all computers, telephones, car engines, and batteries – go off permanently and seemingly forever during the pilot of “Revolution,” the audience is left in the dark for only one or two minutes. Then, 15 years later, sunlight shines on a rural village, its good guy leader is kil...

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    The Crimson Petal And The White

    I grabbed this two-disc set from Acorn when it arrived because I’m a sucker for anything English and Victorian. As usual, I’m late to the fair because it’s been showing on Encore and I should have gotten my review in last week.  Please don’t tell anyone. (At least I&rsqu...

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    'The Master' Review: Egotists and the Cultists Who Love Them

    With its expansive 70 mm images, The Master almost pounces on you as it announces its epic scope and ambition – even though the impressive vistas of the sea don’t have anything to do with the heart of the film. In its intelligent, chilly essence, Paul Thomas Anderson’s film is...

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    Fantastic Fest Review: 'Black Out'

    If Guy Ritchie made "The Hangover" in the Netherlands, it might look something like this.

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    Review: 'Masquerade' Is Only A Somewhat Convincing View Of Hypothetical History

    When King Gwang-hae ruled over Korea, landowners were the only ones taxed, and peasants and middle-class citizens suffered under his rule. But there’s a sliver of that moment in time where, during his eighth year of ruling, his policies changed, favoring the commoner over aristocracy, honoring the s...

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    Director John Hillcoat and Screenwriter Nick Cave Talk 'Lawless'

    At Cannes, I sat down with the director and screenwriter of "Lawless," John Hillcoat and Nick Cave, who also wrote "The Proposition." This gorgeously mounted period adaptation of "The Wettest County in the World," which is palying out around the country, about the real-...

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