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    Now and Then: A 'Zero Dark Thirty' Piece That's (Mostly) Not About Torture

    We are Maya. That's the first thought that comes to mind about Jessica Chastain's tireless, obsessed CIA analyst in "Zero Dark Thirty," a "motherfucker" who's been chasing Osama bin Laden for twelve years — nearly the same length of time as this country's impossible war.

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    Now and Then: In Must-See 'Detropia,' the Many Lives of an American City

    It is a story we think we know already. Unions weaken. Corporations outsource. Politicians waver. The economy collapses. Public resources shrivel. A city dies. But that's only the bird's-eye view: in Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady's powerful document of an age of grief, "Detropia" is the way we live n...

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    EW Launches CapeTown for Comic-Con Culture Enthusiast, All Things Superhero, Sci-Fi and Fantasy

    EW announces Capetown, a new site dedicated to Hollywood and "Comic-Con culture," a place for all things superhero, sci-fi, fantasy and horror on film, TV, gaming, comic and novel platforms. The site launches today and in the first week will showcase interviews with Robert Downey Jr...

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    Now and Then: 'Enlightened,' HBO's Masterpiece of Heartbreak

    "Enlightened" opens with Amy Jellicoe (Laura Dern) gag-sobbing in a bathroom stall, mascara streaking down her cheeks in mournful black rivulets. Like the rest of Season 1 of HBO's masterpiece, which returns for Season 2 on Sunday at 9:30, it isn't all that funny. But to call "Enlightened" simply a ...

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    Now and Then: 'Justified' and the Anti-Antihero

    Tony Soprano. Dexter Morgan. Walter White. Television's latest "Golden Age," on cable and in the ancillary afterlife, is full of men who break bad. Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant), the U.S. Marshall at the heart of "Justified," may not be squeaky clean, but he's a saint by comparison — and the key ...

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    The Best Supercuts of 2012: Heist Films, PT Anderson's SteadiCam, and the Manic Pixie Dream Girl [Videos]

    Much of the time, supercuts – videos that mash together various clips around a certain theme – don’t gain any lift-off beyond fan obsession. However, when movie supercuts do transcend this compulsion, they can achieve something incisive, critical, hilarious, or glorious. In the best of supercuts,...

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    DVD Review: 'The Words' Has A Serious Case of Writer's Block

    It would be easy to come away from "The Words" with the impression that writing is a stiff, musty line of work — all grand ballrooms, solemn readings, and blue-blooded accents, a veritable Titanic of pretensions. This would be a mistake. The only sinking ship here is the film itself.

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    Now and Then: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

    Early in "Meet Me in St. Louis," Esther Smith (Judy Garland) pines for the boy next door. Lent silky grace by Garland's perfect warble, Esther describes love — and, by extension, Vincente Minnelli's 1944 classic. "I want it to be something strange and wonderful," she says. "Something I'll always rem...

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    Now and Then: 'Brazil,' Terry Gilliam's Dystopia — And Ours, Too

    To my discredit, I had never seen "Brazil." It sat atop my pile of screeners for a few weeks, its length and reputation forbidding. Like all dystopian fictions, Terry Gilliam's 1985 epic is a prophecy of sorts, guesswork for a grim future. And it turned out he was right.

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    'Chile, Happiness Is Coming!' - Watch the Trailer for Larrain's Cannes Favorite 'No' with Gael Garcia Bernal

    "No" is Pablo Larrain's surprisingly entertaining chronicling of the political campaign that took down Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, focusing on Gael Garcia Bernal's advertising exec who leads the charge in the "No" campaign.

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