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    Twilight: Will Male Critics Ever Understand Its Femme Appeal?

    According to a San Diego State University study released on July 22, if things are bad for male film critics, they are worse for women.

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    Comic-Con: Comedies Pineapple Express, Tropic Thunder and the City of Ember Train

    I saw three summer comedies in a row this week, two from the Judd Apatow factory, Step Brothers and Pineapple Express, plus Ben Stiller's Tropic Thunder, which screened at Comic-Con last night (Pineapple Express screens here too). UPDATE: Here's Todd McCarthy's Tropic Thunder review.

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    Grabbing Scoops: Who Gets Credit?

    With Comic-Con looming, movie sites are pushing to get scoops on new movies of interest to the fan community. A sequel to 300, which broke big at Comic-Con, is a big deal.

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    Weekend Boxoffice: Dark Knight Breaks Records

    It's a strange high-low time, as industry folks batten down the hatches in the face of tighter credit and an unresolved de facto SAG strike. There's unemployment, fewer movies being made, agency attrition, layoffs across many companies, and yet the summer b.o. is going strong, and breaking records.

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    Mamma Mia! Review: Escapist Musical for Dark Times

    As a fan of movie musicals, Meryl Streep and the hunky stars playing her trio of ex-lovers, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgard, I was eagerly looking forward to Mamma Mia! The Movie.

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    Mamma Mia! Review: Escapist Musical for Dark Times

    As a fan of movie musicals, Meryl Streep and the hunky stars playing her trio of ex-lovers, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgard, I was eagerly looking forward to Mamma Mia! The Movie.

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    Dark Knight Review: Nolan Talks Sequel Inflation

    Finally, I would have preferred to see The Dark Knight in 35 mm, not IMAX. (I will go see it again when it opens July 18.) While the sequences that were shot with giant cameras were stunning at the IMAX venue--especially the deep detailed helicopter shots over Gotham and the amazing car/truck chase ...

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    Westerns Top 100 List Sucks: Shane Number One

    Check out this list of top 100 westerns of all time from the Western Writers of America. They should be ashamed of themselves for these woeful rankings.

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    Wanted Leads Off LAFF

    The LA Film Fest opened with the premiere Thursday night of Universal's Wanted, followed by a Westwood block party. Spirits were high, because the smart director's showcase played.

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    Incredible Hulk: Let's Set Record Straight

    The real question when looking at The Incredible Hulk--given all the sturm-and-drang in the media about Edward Norton--is what did he contribute to this movie?

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