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    Meet Buck Brannaman, the Real-Life Horse Whisperer & Subject of "Buck," Our DVD Pick of the Week

    Revered horse trainer and real-life cowboy Buck Brannaman is used to a busy, road tripping lifestyle. For three decades in clinics all over the U.S., Brannaman has taught horse owners what is commonly referred to as 'natural horsemanship': a philosophy of working with horses based on understanding how horses think and communicate. With this spring's release of "Buck," Cindy Meehl’s documentary on his life and troubled childhood, Brannaman became busier (and more popular) than ever. The film went on to exceed the wildest of expectations, grossing over $4 million at the domestic box office, making Brannaman a star on the doc circuit. It comes o...

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    REVIEW | "The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)" Will Satisfy Your Gruesome Expectations

    The first impulse when discussing the gruesome details of "The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)," Tom Six's simultaneously anticipated and feared follow-up to the 2009 cult hit, is simply to describe them. First, here's the plot: A bite-sized British security guard takes his fetishization of the f...

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    REVIEW | "The Ides of March" is George Clooney's Monster Movie

    "The Ides of March" finds George Clooney working at the most intimate scale of his directing career. Since his uneven and overambitious debut almost a decade ago, the Charlie Kaufman-scripted "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," Clooney has tried his hand at a variety of material. After the ill-receiv...

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    With "Carnage," Polanski Fights a Losing Battle to Make Theater Cinematic. But What a Cast.

    Yasmina Reza's hit play "God of Carnage" ingeniously traps its characters on the stage. A dark comedy unfolding in real time, the chaotic plot involves a pair of well-to-do parents sorting blame for an unseen fight between their children. As they wander about one couple's apar...

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    REVIEW | Lonergan's Long-Delayed "Margaret" Flopped at the Box Office, But It Deserves Better

    "The Magnificent Ambersons," Orson Welles' 1942 follow-up to the proverbial game-changer "Citizen Kane," has two legacies. Many critics and scholars consider it a masterful look at the dissolution of an affluent American family. For Welles aficionados, however, it's the one that got away: Welles was...

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    Get a Head Start On the 49th New York Film Festival

    Get a head start on the 49th New York Film Festival (it kicks off today) by checking out reviews of some of the big films playing at the event and interviews with some of this year's talent.

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    Samurais, Cyborgs and Blood: Why Fantastic Fest Had a Great Seventh Year

    Forget about the boxing, the beer, "Human Centipede II" and Elijah Wood. Fantastic Fest, which wrapped its seventh year with a screening of Morgan Spurlock's documentary "Comic Con: Episode IV -- A Fan's Hope," had a lot of great movies to go accompany the fun (a fan's hope, indeed). While my person...

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    What’s Your Number?—movie review

    What’s Your Number?—movie review

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    Take Shelter—movie review

    Take Shelter is a provocative original from writer-director Jeff Nichols, built on the foundation of a searing performance by Michael Shannon. It’s a film I respect, even though I found it very tough to sit through. That’s because Nichols creates a palpable sense of unease—...

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