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    Review: 'Oz The Great And Powerful' Dresses Up Dull Prequel Story With Special Effects Wizardry

    We’re coming up on 75 years since MGM’s Technicolor wonder “The Wizard Of Oz” first enchanted audiences on screen, and at the time it was already the fourth movie based on the works of L. Frank Baum. Of course, it has become not only the best known version, but an American cinema classic and icon, a...

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    JACK THE GIANT SLAYER

    Some fairy tales and fables are dark, while others invite a range of interpretations. This rendering of “Jack and the Beanstalk” is pretty full-blooded, especially for a family-oriented film, but this gives it some backbone to match its elaborate visual effects.

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    PHANTOM

    It’s refreshing to encounter a movie that doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel, but simply sets out to tell a good story and fulfill the expectations of a genre piece.

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    STOKER

    When a visual stylist like Korean director Park Chan-Wook (of "Oldboy" fame) is handed a screenplay that demands an atmosphere of portent and dread, it’s likely that the filmmaker will make the most of the opportunity

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    Review: Mark Webber's 'The End of Love' Moves With Minor-Key Moments & Undersold Skill

    Written, directed by and starring Mark Webber -- whose acting filmography runs from "Kids" to "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" -- "The End of Love" is hardly a work of revelation. At the same time, it's surprisingly well-executed, nicely performed and manages to combine a warm and gentle sense of the r...

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    Review: '21 And Over' Is A Derivative, Wholly Unfunny Ode To College Shenanigans

    The mythic college experience, the one dramatized in countless movies and television shows with a kind of oversized affection, involves a certain amount of reckless dangerousness, along with the all-important three B's – booze, brawling, and breasts. "21 and Over," a new comedy written and directed ...

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    Review: Oscar-Nominated 'War Witch' Sees Trauma Through the Haunted Lens of Magical Realism

    “War Witch,” Canada’s Oscar-nominated Foreign-Language entry, centers on a young African girl’s abduction into a rebel army, her escape, and the slow, painful process of liberating herself from the army’s traumatic, devastating reach. It is directed by French-Canadian Kim Nguyen, and is the second f...

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    Review: 'War Witch' Is A Harrowing Yet Beautiful Tale Of Courage & Resiliency At Time Of War

    It's a film that we encourage you to see in the theater, but if you can't wait until it comes to your city, or if it's not coming to your city at all, the film also became available on demand starting on February 26th.Rarely does war look so beautiful on film. I feel somewhat guilty saying ...

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    Berlin 2013 Review - Shirley Clarke's 'Portrait Of Jason'

    The crowd-sourcing platform Kickstarter had a hand in realizing more than one independent film premiering at this year’s Berlinale, and we are talking about films from seasoned, internationally acclaimed auteur filmmakers financiers should be jumping at the chance to support – Andrew Bugalski’s COMP...

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