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    Review: 'The Giver' Starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites, Taylor Swift And More

    It wouldn't be surprising if the current spate of Young Adult film adaptations is met with a degree of resentment by movie-lovers over 18 years old. When the films turn out to be entertaining and worthy of their respective source material (like the “Harry Potter” and “Hunger Games” franchises), some...

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    Review: Disney's New Animated Short 'Feast'

    To paraphrase Mark Twain for a moment, the reports of the death of two-dimensional animation have been greatly exaggerated. And nowhere is this more true than in the vaunted halls of Walt Disney Animation Studio. Even though the studio hasn't put out a traditional animated feature film since 2011's ...

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    Review: 'Let's Be Cops' Starring Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr., Nina Dobrev & Andy Garcia

    From the title alone, "Let's Be Cops" makes it clear its ambitious are slight, with the comedy not asking much of the audience except to sit back and let the premise of two guys pretending to be police officers go wild. But any goodwill will likely depend on how much they can tolerate a production t...

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    Review: Michael Winterbottom's 'The Trip To Italy' Starring Steve Coogan And Rob Brydon

    If you haven’t seen Michael Winterbottom’s 2010 “The Trip,” stop everything right this second and watch it (hint: it’s on Netflix.) Initiated as a BBC television show, UK viewers have already been put in stitches by Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon’s antics therein. Playing fictionalized versions of them...

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    Recap: 'The Leftovers,' Season 1, Episode 7 'Solace For Tired Feet'

    "I think I might be going crazy," Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux) tells his new girlfriend Nora Durst (Carrie Coon) toward the end of "Solace For Tired Feet," and it's a realization that's been a long time coming. Suffering from bad dreams, lost time and sometimes unable to tell reality from the fever...

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    Review: 'Big Chill'-Esque 'About Alex' Starring Aubrey Plaza, Max Greenfield, Max Minghella And More

    Every generation needs a couple of reunion movies, and in “About Alex" we have another one. First-time writer-director Jesse Zwick doesn't so much swing for the fences as attempt to dribble a single down the baseline. This comedy-drama doesn't reach any untold heights, but with formula pictures like...

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    TV Review: Steven Soderbergh's 'The Knick' Starring Clive Owen

    "No one handles the unexpected like John Thackery," someone quips in "The Knick." "It's where I live," comes the doctor's quick reply, and it's about as perfect a summation of the lead character of the new Cinemax show that you're likely to get. "Unexpected" is also a good descriptor of the series i...

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    Review: Found Footage Tornado Disaster Flick 'Into The Storm'

    "If we don't take care of nature, nature will take care of us," is the teenage pearl of wisdom that Donnie (Max Deacon) shares in "Into The Storm." And it's indicative of the on-the-nose moralizing in this confused summer disaster flick that struggles to commit to what kind of movie it wants to be. ...

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    Review: Rich And Emotionally Rewarding Documentary 'Web Junkie'

    The opening moments of “Web Junkies” are surreal: we see a bunch of young Chinese boys stomping around what looks to be military barracks. A title card says that this is the Daxing Boot Camp, in a suburb of Beijing. The camera focuses in on one young boy, still in his room, looking out at his peers ...

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    Review: ‘The Dog’ Tells The Incredible Story Of The Criminal Behind ‘Dog Day Afternoon’

    John Wojtowicz is the rare subject whose real life was more complex, more borderline-unbelievable and more gloriously strange than the one presented on the big screen. He was “The Dog,” the wannabe bank robber whose failed heist of a Chase Manhattan Bank in sweltering '70s Brooklyn was the basis for...

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