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    REVIEW | Yes, JJ Abrams' "Super 8" is Spielberg Porn. But Is That a Bad Thing?

    Twenty years ago, Francis Ford Coppola predicted a bright future for personal movies. "One day, some little fat girl in Ohio is going to be the new Mozart," he said," "and make a beautiful film with her father's little camcorder, and for once this whole professionalism about movies will be destroyed...

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    dvd review: Night Flight

    dvd review: Night Flight

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    Small Screens: Mike Leigh's "Another Year" Tops This Week's Releases

    This week in Small Screens, Mike Leigh's latest character study hits a home-run with critics, "The Housemaid" gets a kinky redo, Bill Hicks gets the doc treatment and more.

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    REVIEW | How "The Trip" Puts Steve Coogan in Close-Up

    The incredible thing about "The Trip," Michael Winterbottom's road trip comedy featuring the comedic stylings of Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, is that it gets away with a lot by doing very little. Reprising the semi-fictionalized versions of themselves they played in Winterbottom's 2006 "Tristam Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story," Coogan and Brydon endlessly reveal their finest impressions, trade barbs and yammer on about the highs and lows of show business. The entire movie rests on the comic potential of their chemistry and whether they can use it for the greater purpose of investigating Coogan's sense of personal and professional alienation. Bu...

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    REVIEW | The Affecting "One Lucky Elephant" isn't a Nature Story; it's a Family Crisis

    "I guess I'm not 100% rational about all this," says David Balding, the affable circus owner at the center of Lisa Leeman's affecting documentary "One Lucky Elephant." It's a statement that positions him on the same instinctual level as his exotic pet, Flora, an orphaned African elephant that the Mi...

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    REVIEW | "The Troll Hunter" is a Monster of a Mock Doc

    Riffing on the DIY monster-movie approach of "Cloverfield" and the absurd supernatural premise of "Ghostbusters," Norwegian mockumentary "The Troll Hunter" offers high-caliber entertainment despite a low-budget production. The shaky camera suggests "The Blair Witch Project," but writer-director Andr...

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    movie review: X-Men: First Class

    It’s risky to reinvent an established series with a new cast and a different setting than fans are accustomed to…but the folks at Marvel have gambled and won. Despite its flaws, X-Men: First Class is an effective reboot of the once-solid series that debuted eleven years ago.

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    movie review: Submarine

    We’ve all seen coming-of-age stories—plenty of them—so when a new one comes along that seems fresh and novel, that’s reason to cheer. The new British import Submarine is just such a film, based on a prize-winning novel by Joe Dunthorne about a precocious boy growing up in ...

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    movie review: Rejoice And Shout

    What I don’t know about gospel music could fill a library, but I’m willing to learn, and the lively documentary called Rejoice and Shout is a perfect tutorial. What’s more,

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    movie review: Cameraman: The Life And Work Of Jack Cardiff

    After years of DVD special features, even dedicated buffs may be somewhat blasé about a film that takes us behind the scenes to explore one man’s career…but this is no ordinary documentary, and its subject is no ordinary filmmaker. Jack Cardiff was a remarkable artist who...

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