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    Midnight In Paris: Woody Allen's Moveable Feast

    Hemingway parodies are easy to find, but only Woody Allen’s Hemingway would consider, “Have you ever shot a charging lion?” to be a great pickup line.

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    Keira Knightley's "Last Night" Opens, the Weekend's Best Romance

    Like so many megastars, Keira Knightley drops into a little indie now and then, but unlike so many she has chosen well. Last Night is a slight but charming romantic drama about a married couple (Knightley and Sam Worthington) who, during one night apart, are tempted by her dashing French ex-boyfrien...

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    Mel Gibson Is Powerful, Haunting in Jodie Foster's Fine Drama "The Beaver"

    We know so much about the private lives of public figures that it’s harder than ever for actors to vanish into roles. Does anyone think Mr. and Mrs. Smith would play as well without the real-life Brad/Angelina subtext? So there’s no use pretending here: the Mel Gibson Issue overshadows The Beaver, w...

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    Review, Something Borrowed: Ginnfer Goodwin, Kate Hudson Fight Over a Ken Doll

    “The Hamptons are like a zombie movie directed by Ralph Lauren.” Enjoy that line, because it’s about the only one that might make you laugh in the irredeemably lame romcom Something Borrowed. From the minute you see Ginnifer Goodwin wearing an unconvincing long brown wig, you have an inkling of just...

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    Review: Will Ferrell, Great and Touching in Uneven "Everything Must Go"

    By now, we just look at Will Ferrell and get ready to laugh, but not so fast. He gives a performance that most dramatic actors could only dream of - restrained, nuanced, enormously moving – in the uneven yet finally eloquent little indie Everything Must Go.

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    Review, "Last Night": Keira Knightley In An Enjoyable Little Romance

    From its long delay in getting here, you’d expect the 2009 Keira Knightley romantic drama, Last Night, to be a disaster, but not at all. It’s merely small and slight, the kind of blithe little relationship film that feels more European than American.

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    Review: Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon's Film Lumbers Like An Elephant

    I’m sure the filmmakers didn’t mean to take the title so much to heart, but this would-be romantic drama is as lumbering as an elephant. Somehow Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon have lost their usual sparkle, and even a circus in the background can’t save us from the tedium that is Water for E...

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    The Bang Bang Club: Harrowing Drama About Photojournalists, Timelier Than Ever

    With powerful immediacy, and an eerie resonance with today’s headlines, The Bang Bang Club takes us into the dangerous world of combat photography. Set in South Africa in 1994, the drama is based on the real lives of four men who photographed the violence just before that country’s first non-aparthe...

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    Defending "The Conspirator"

    I found Robert Redford's The Conspirator to be haunting and effective – far from the history lesson disguised as a movie that I’d been reading about since it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year. As Mary Surratt, the woman accused of conspiring in Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, Robin ...

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    Review: Even James Franco and Natalie Portman Can't Save One-Joke "Your Highness"

    There’s something wonderful and goofy about a film that has James Franco in a long wig and a codpiece sending up legendary heroes, as the Medieval Prince Fabious, and Natalie Portman as a slender, vengeful warrior with the toughness of an Amazon. But that wit doesn't go far in Your Highness, a spora...

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