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    Review, Hanna: A Fairy Tale Princess As Thrillling Action Heroine

    I didn’t think Joe Wright had it in him. In Hanna he leaves behind the polite literary pieces he’s known for – he directed Atonement and the Keira Knightley Pride and Prejudice – and comes through with a thrilling action movie about a teenaged girl trained to kill. He hasn’t entirely lost his liter...

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    Movie Review: Bradley Cooper Cleans Up Well in Limitless

    Looking at Bradley Cooper for a couple of hours is never a bad thing, so there’s that. Otherwise, Limitless starts off as an ambitious, gripping, quasi-sci-fi thriller and turns into an over-the-top mess.

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    Movie Review, Paul: Seth Rogen's Voice, E.T.-Shaped Skull

    Paul, the CGI alien with Seth Rogen’s voice, is an irresistible creature. With an E.T.-shaped head and big blue eyes, he wears cargo shorts and flip-flops, smokes a cigarette, and best of all has Rogen’s deadpan delivery. When Paul appears to two British fan boys - so geeked out they’ve just left C...

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    Movie Review: Matthew McConaughey's Roguish "Lincoln Lawyer"

    As a lawyer who’s a half-step away from being a scam artist, Matthew McConaughey’s character works every angle for his clients in The Lincoln Lawyer, just as McConaughey works every scene in this legal thriller. There’s nothing ambitious about it, but this sleek, commercial suspense movie is much mo...

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    Review, "Red Riding Hood": How to Make "Twilight" Look Good

    “It appeals to the 14-year-old girl in me,” Gary Oldman told Conan O’Brien about the new Red Riding Hood from Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke. Oldman, who plays a mysterious, menacing wolf-hunter in the film, probably knows that 14-year-olds are the only possible audience for this clunky mess...

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    Moviegoer, She Married Him: Wasikowska and Fassbender in a Glorious Jane Eyre

    That woman with the braids on her head, struggling to walk through lashing rain, falling in the mud, determinedly fleeing we don’t know what – in the dramatic opening of Cary Joji Fukunaga’s new film, she could be any fiery 19th century heroine, from Tess of the D’Urbervilles to Cathy in Wuthering H...

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    Catherine Breillat’s “Sleeping Beauty”: A Thinking Woman’s Fairy Tale

    Movies are meant to enchant us and Catherine Breillat’s visually stunning The Sleeping Beauty does that and more. Like her recent Bluebeard, this is a thinking woman’s fairy tale, in which Breillat explores the sexual awakening of girls, and the meaning of class and gender, revising the familiar sto...

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    Review: Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. Love Saves “The Adjustment Bureau”

    Love can save your life; that’s the message of The Adjustment Bureau. But it’s Matt Damon and Emily Blunt who save the film, turning it from the overloaded political sci-fi romantic thriller it might have been into a breezy, charming love story. In the old Hollywood days, what the actors have togeth...

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    Movie Review: Liam Neeson in the Mistitled "Unknown"

    If you’re watching an action- thriller about a man who wakes from a four-day coma, only to be told he’s not who he thinks he is - but whoever he is, thugs are out to kill him - you really shouldn’t be able to guess the big reveal halfway through. That is true even when the mystified hero is playe...

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    Movie Review: Ed Helms Stays Small-Town in "Cedar Rapids"

    Somewhere inside Cedar Rapids, with Ed Helms as a very-small-town insurance salesman sent to a convention in Iowa’s big city, there’s a scathing Christopher Guest satire waiting to get out. There’s also a raucous Hangover-style comedy waiting to get out. Too bad neither one takes over.

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