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    Declaration Of War—movie review

    It’s been decades since television created a genre that pundits labeled “disease-of-the-week” movies. Cable networks such as Lifetime have kept the form alive, because such stories are natural fodder for relatable drama, while medical TV shows have never gone out of style.

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    Review: 'Big Miracle' Has A Lot of Heart But Not Much Of A Pulse

    In the new true-life eco-adventure "Big Miracle," three gray whales are trapped under a large sheet of ice near Barrow, Alaska (the same town the vampires took over in "30 Days of Night"), drawing nationwide media attention and the political interest of then-president Ronald Reag...

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    Review: 'The Woman In Black' A Smart, Stylish & Atmospheric Old School Horror Film

    Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) is a walking wound. Still mourning the death of his wife a couple of years after she gave birth to their son, the young lawyer has seen his career put into jeopardy and this worry is compounded by the bills beginning to stack up. The patience and sympathy of his boss ...

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    Review: Teens & Superpowers Are A Volatile Mix In Refreshing & Clever 'Chronicle'

    Having superpowers these days seems to be no fun at all. Christian Bale is forever haunted by moral conundrums, death, and pain both physical and emotional in Christopher Nolan's Batman films. Spider-Man's enjoyment of his wall-crawling skills are usually tempered by tears and emotions (emph...

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    Review: 'The Innkeepers' Is Less 'House Of The Devil,' More 'Scooby Doo'

    Ti West has found a formula, and by god, he’s sticking to it. The indie helmer began in the world of micro-budgeted horror, where financial reasons necessitated a slow burn and eventual third act reveal. As his budgets have increased, his approach hasn’t changed, favoring this methodical strategy to...

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    The 3 Rotterdam Film Festival Movies You Must See

    Always regarded for edgy and newish movies that may or may not be validated elsewhere, Rotterdam now has eight venues and, last year, 340,000 admissions. Still, it retains the magic of surprise.

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    Review: "Splinters"; Adam Pesce's Riveting Documentary On Life (And Surfing) In Papua New Guinea, Screening At Cinema Village In NYC (FRI, 2/3/12)

    When I first wrote about director Adam Pesce's Papua New Guniea-set documentary Splinters last year, I hadn't yet seen it.  And despite Pesce's assertion that he "never set out to make a 'surf movie'", that's pretty much what I was expecting when I finally got ...

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    Review: 'Bad Fever' Is An Uncomfortable, Amusing Look At The Life Of An Aspiring Comedian Loner

    We'll laugh at a talented comedian's various musings on pop culture, politics, stupid people, or their shitty life -- but we don't often see this person off the stage working the routine out or even going through those situations which fill the clubs with chortles. Removed from the brick backdrop an...

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    VOD Review: Why Eugene Jarecki's War-On-Drugs Doc 'The House I Live In' Won the Grand Jury Prize

    VOD Review: Why Eugene Jarecki's War-On-Drugs Doc 'The House I Live In' Won the Grand Jury Prize

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    Now and Then: Making Sense of Miranda July

    I am not a Miranda July hater. "Me and You and Everyone We Know" (2005) felt almost painfully fresh to me — I'd never seen anything like it. It had, in offbeat colors and patterns, a preternatural understanding that love and sex vibrate on wavelengths we can't quite see or hear, only sense.

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