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    The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel—movie review

    When a film has a dream cast led by Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith, and Bill Nighy, you can’t go far wrong, and that is exactly the case with Ol Parker’s adaptation of the novel by prolific British television and screenwriter Deborah Moggach, whose credits include the 2005 version of 'Pride...

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    Revisiting History: Booker’s Place

    So many documentaries come out every year that it isn’t possible to keep up with them all. I watched 'Booker’s Place' (now open theatrically in New York and Los Angeles, and available nationwide On Demand) because I admire its director, Raymond De Felitta, who most recently gave us the piquantly ori...

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    The Five-Year Engagement—movie review

    Moviegoers who expect another 'Bridesmaids' from this Judd Apatow-produced comedy are in for a surprise. Some of them may be disappointed with the lack of raucousness, but I was not: 'The Five-Year Engagement' is a strikingly original comedy with serious undertones.

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    The Pirates! Band Of Misfits—movie review

    I’m a sucker for Aardman Animations’ films, and have been ever since I first set eyes on Nick Park’s unforgettable short 'Creature Comforts' more than twenty years ago.

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    Headhunters—movie review

    I can’t remember the last time a movie surprised me as much as 'Headhunters': not just its story twists and turns, which are considerable, but its continual stripping of character veneer and overall audaciousness left me breathless.

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    Bernie—movie review

    Some films—even good ones—fall neatly into one category or another, but I often find myself drawn to movies that defy pigeonholing, like Richard Linklater’s 'Bernie'. Is it a comedy? Yes, in part. Is it a character study? Certainly. Is it a true-crime story? Absolutely. Does it have two outstanding ...

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    The Raven—movie review

    Poor Edgar Allan Poe can’t get a break from Hollywood—at least, not since Roger Corman made his famous adaptations in the 1960s with Vincent Price. Even the 1963 Corman movie called 'The Raven' with Price, Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, and young Jack Nicholson had nothing to do with Poe’s immortal poe...

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    Under The Radar: A Kiwi Western And A Jazz Doc

    Some movies open “wide,” on thousands of screens; others play in just a handful of theaters. And some films, lacking promotion or advertising budgets, simply materialize, with the hope that people will discover them On Demand, or cable, or DVD, like a sleeper from New Zealand I was lucky...

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    The Lucky One—movie review

    People crave romantic movies, be they dramatic or funny—the box-office numbers prove it—and novelist Nicholas Sparks has provided the raw material for a number of such films including 'Dear John', 'Nights in Rodanthe', and most successfully, 'The Notebook'. I think it’s fair to say that moviegoers k...

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    Chimpanzee—movie review

    The fourth annual entry in the Disney Nature series that began with 'Earth', 'Chimpanzee' once again takes a low-key, family-friendly approach to its subject and applies what can only be described as “the Disney touch” to already-compelling real-life footage.

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