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    Review: ‘Jack The Giant Slayer’ An Unexceptional, But Still Satisfying Fairy Tale Blockbuster

    Hollywood’s race to bring fairy tales to the big screen over the last few years, hasn’t had the best results, at least creatively. While “Alice In Wonderland” made a still unbelievable $1 billion worldwide, it simply wasn’t good, and subsequent efforts like “Red Riding Hood,” “Mirror Mirror” and “Sn...

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    FESPACO 2013 Review - Evocative Angolan Drama 'All Is Well' ('Por Aqui Tudo Bem')

    It's one of 20 feature films screening at FESPACO this week; we saw it at the LAFF last year. Here's a repost of our review...

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    VOD Review: Stanley Nelson's Grand Jury Prize-Nominated Sundance Film 'A Place Of Our Own'

    A Place of Our Own, by Stanley Nelson, is a film which some of you may already be familiar with as it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2004.

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    Another S & A Reader Gives Their Take On 'Twelve Years A Slave' & Audience Response To It

    And some of you aren't going to be happy....

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    BLESS ME, ULTIMA

    All I knew about this film going in was that it was based on one of the most popular Chicano books of modern times, written by Rudolfo Anaya and published in 1999. When I learned that it was adapted for the screen and directed by Carl Franklin, I smiled in anticipation of something special.

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    Netflix Streaming Pick: Review Of 'Skin' (Starring Sophie Okonedo)

    Based on a true story Skin looks at the life of Sandra Laing who, according to the Skin movie website synopsis was the embodiment of a phenomenon I'm sure that most white South Africans at the time (and maybe even now) would like to deny existed: "...a black child born in the 1950s to white...

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    Weekend Preview: Dwayne Johnson and Alex Karpovsky Receive Middling Reviews, Luis Bunuel's Must-See 'Tristana'

    This weekend sees such diverse personalities as Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and "Girls" star Alex Karpovsky on the big screen. Johnson's vehicle "Snitch" isn't snatching much praise from critics, while Karpovsky has written, directed and starred in the double feature "Rubberneck" and "Red Flag," recei...

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    Review: 'Dark Skies' Is An Effective Alien Abduction Chiller Undone By An Ending That Fails To Deliver On Its Promise

    Alien abduction, the supposedly true phenomena wherein everyday citizens are stolen from their beds, experimented on, and returned, is a truly frightening idea – one whose super-scary possibilities have only really been explored in a handful of movies ("Communion," with Christopher Walken, most famo...

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    Review: 'Rubberneck' Is A True Crime Tale That's Truly Dull

    Chances are, if the movie doesn't feature a dolphin with a prosthetic tail on the poster and it carries "inspired by true events" disclaimer, then it's going to be something about murder, mayhem or the decades-long search for the Zodiac killer. So by announcing that your movie is inspired by true ev...

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    Review: 'Stand Off' Is An Insufferable Comic Take On The British Gangster Movie

    The original title of "Stand Off" was "Whole Lotta Sole," and its the kind of gratingly obnoxious flourish that makes you hate the movie immediately. First of all it sits in your mouth like a blob of half-chewed gummy bears; secondly, it sounds like a direct-to-video independent movie produced in th...

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