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    "Superheroes" Premieres on HBO August 8th!

    Add one more superhero blockbuster to your summer movie schedule.

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    "Brotherhood" is an Intense Snowball Thriller That Improves on an Earlier Short Film

    Adapting short films into features is nothing new, but lately it's seeming more and more common for a short to be produced intentionally as a kind of practice run for a later long-form version. Filmmaker Will Canon may not have completely planned for his award-winning NYU film, "Roslyn," to serve as...

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    On DVD: "Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo" is a Captivating Documentary on the Unconquerability of Life

    I apparently missed out by not seeing "Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo" on the big screen, or so I am led to believe because it's one of those rare documentaries that is "gorgeous" and "cinematic." Honestly, though, I think it's mainly a good-looking film because of its locations. Not to slight cinematographer Sean Price Williams ("Kati with an I"), who really does do a wonderful job making beetles and other insects look like stunning little movie stars -- he's to bugs what Ernest Haller was to Joan Crawford (yes, I just compared the 'Queen Bee' to insects) -- but the rural scenery of Japan looks no better here than it does in another new doc, "M...

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    On DVD: "You Wont Miss Me" is a Harrowing Warning to Aspiring Actors

    There’s something oddly compelling about Williamsburg, Brooklyn and its extraordinary population of aspiring creative people. Not that I would call myself a fan of either the neighborhood or its explosion of hipster culture, but at the very least there is an inherently interesting vibe to a communit...

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    Also Recommended This Week: "NEDS" and "Cameraman: The Work and Life of Jack Cardiff"

    This is a pretty huge week for film openings, quantity-wise, especially on the indie side. I haven't gotten to all the new releases, but I enjoyed nearly everything I saw that comes out today. I'm a huge fan of "Hesher" and "Make Believe" and have some favor for "Everything Must Go" and "City of Li...

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    On DVD: "The Next Three Days" is a Better Movie About Free Will Than "The Adjustment Bureau"

    Chance happens all the time. After asking my Twitter followers which theatrically under-performing, new-to-DVD film to rent this week, I was all set to give "Morning Glory" a go. But I couldn't get a copy of it quick enough, so I tried "The Next Three Days" instead. And I'm glad, because I did in fact enjoy it -- all 134 minutes of it. I guess it helps that I was simultaneously plotting out my next ten days (scheduling Miami Film Fest and SXSW plans), which is fine since many who finally see the movie will probably similarly be multitasking. Or otherwise only slightly focusing on it. Don't worry. This film is slow and long enough, and visuall...

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    "Rango" is the Funniest Western Since "Blazing Saddles" - But is This a Good Thing?

    This review was originally posted on March 3, 2011. It has been reposted for the film's home video release.

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    On DVD: "Burlesque" is a Glitzy Ensemble Success

    As some of you may remember, “Burlesque” wasn’t exactly a hit. I wouldn’t go so far as to say it was a total flop, but a #4 opening weekend, a $39 million domestic gross and a 48% on Metacritic aren’t exactly the stats of a successful blockbuster (ed. note: with foreign box office it at least made ...

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    On DVD: "Unstoppable" is an Action Packed Toy Story

    The other night I was watching "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," and during the playroom-set introduction to the Nearys, I became jealous of Richard Dreyfuss as he plays with a train set. First recalling that in my youth I always desired but never had an extensive set of trains and tracks, one that took up most of my basement, I quickly realized that I can still want it, and some day actually buy and build one. I'll probably wait until I have kids (and a basement), so I have that excuse, but as is the case in many families, that set will be primarily Dad's toy. Maybe as an homage, I'll also build a Devil's Tower in the center, just not us...

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    On DVD: "It's Kind of a Funny Story" is Just "The Devil Wears Hospital Scrubs"

    Maybe it's because I also watched "Titicut Follies" for the first time this week, but I could not buy into the happy-go-lucky patient pageantry of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck's "It's Kind of a Funny Story." The adaptation of Ned Vizzini's semi-autobiographical novel, which disappointed at the box office and now arrives on video, where it will likely find a more passively appreciable audience, is kind of insulting to the reality of mental illness and general psychological suffering. It's a teen fantasy in which a young hero (Keir Gilchrist) finds colorful new friends and acceptance of that sort of social misfit drop-out attitude that inspires so...

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