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    dvd review: Back To The 1950s

    When I was growing up in the 1950s and 60s, the last thing I wanted to see was a “serious” movie. I eagerly awaited each new Jerry Lewis comedy and Walt Disney release, and when the newly-reconstituted Three Stooges started making feature films I was first in line to see them. I ...

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    REVIEW | Why Q-Tip Should Chill Out About "Beats, Rhymes & Life"

    Initially called "Beats, Rhymes & Fights," actor Michael Rapaport's documentary about the history of groundbreaking hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest now has the title it originally riffed on. Borrowing the name of the group's 1996 album, "Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of Tribe Called Quest" de...

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    Critical Consensus: "Project Nim" Tops Busy Weekend For Indie Openers

    From the Oscar-winning team behind "Man on Wire," "Project Nim" looks to be one of the summer's most acclaimed documentary releases, topping a crowded week on criticWIRE. The film, directed by James Marsh, tells the story of Nim, a chimpanzee who, in the 1970s, became th...

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    REVIEW | Planet of the Ape: James Marsh's "Project Nim"

    Although it promises to be the story of a communicative chimp, James Marsh's documentary "Project Nim" focuses on the human desire to speak with animals, rather than vice versa. Marsh follows up his Oscar-winning "Man on Wire" with the moving saga of a monkey raised by families under the auspices of...

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    REVIEW | "The Ward" Shows John Carpenter Still Has Potential. He Just Fails to Use It.

    "The Ward" has all the hallmarks of the genre that its director, John Carpenter, once executed to a fault: Strong female characters facing off against abnormal threats, ghastly circumstances stemming from murky backstories and action set within a single, claustrophobic environment. While familiar in...

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    movie review: Larry Crowne

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    movie review: Terri

    John C. Reilly’s presence in a movie is almost a guarantee that you’re going to see something interesting. He has good taste and is willing to challenge himself, even if the films are modest in scale. One could scarcely find a movie more modest than Terri, but it’s extremel...

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    The 5 Indie Films You Must See This July

    There's a whopping 29 films listed on indieWIRE's July calendar, which is why iW is offering monthly must-see lists to make cinematic decision-making as easy as possible. From Miranda July to Errol Morris, John C. Reilly to a very special monkey, check out indieWIRE's picks for the ...

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    What to See, What to Skip: New Reviews This Week

    Michael Bay's latest toy advert is poised to do monster business at the box office this long weekend, but don't let that stop you from checking out a smaller release. According to what our critics have to say, you'd be well advised to do so. Below find all the reviews published this...

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    REVIEW | "The Perfect Host" is Perfectly Predictable

    The American thriller with a twist has been done so many times that it rarely manages to surprise. In the years following "The Usual Suspects," few movies have successfully altered the relationships between various main characters in a way that's both dramatically satisfying and unexpected. Rare exc...

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