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    Review: 'The Princess Of Montpensier' Tries To Find Some New Notes In A Familiar Period Piece

    There's a certain stigma attached to period pieces; a preconceived notion that the film at hand will be elegant, beautiful, and excessively boring. Of course, a stereotype doesn't just come from anywhere, and those that decide to judge a movie by its poster may not be so far off in their hasty dismi...

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    Review: ‘Atlas Shrugged: Part I’ A Stiff, Soulless, Cut-Rate Adaptation Of Ayn Rand's Epic Novel

    It’s difficult to discuss Ayn Rand and "Atlas Shrugged" without touching on the countless attempts to produce a filmic adaptation of the work, beginning with producer Albert S. Ruddy’s plan in the early ‘70s, which fell apart when Rand insisted on final script approval. From there the highlights include an adaptation by Rand herself, which was unfinished at the time of her death in 1982; passing interest from Clint Eastwood; a TNT miniseries scrapped after the AOL Time Warner merger of the late ‘90s and, perhaps the most interesting attempt of all, a planned two-part adaptation from director Vadim Perelman ("The House of Sand and Fog") with a...

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    Review: 'Scream 4' Takes A Stab At Relevance, Misses All The Major Arteries

    The idea of reviving the "Scream" franchise seems like a good one, at least on paper. When the original film was released in 1996, it was unlike anything that had come before it – a horror movie where the characters were well versed enough in the conventions of the genre to try and escape alive. Years before Comic-Con hijacked the multiplexes, "Scream" was a movie where basement-dwelling geekiness wasn't just a character trait, it was essential to your survival. The subsequent films, the underrated "Scream 2," which had the characters riffing on sequels, and the disappointing "Scream 3," in which the scales were erroneously tipped too much in...

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    Stage Review: Danny Boyle's 'Frankenstein' Is A Haunting Horror Show

    When we interviewed Danny Boyle a few months back, around the time that his humanist survival tale "127 Hours" was hitting screens, we overheard him talking to someone about his upcoming "Frankenstein" play. "Would it play on the West End?" the person asked, refer...

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    Review: 'Meek's Cutoff' Shows The Foibles Of Man & Helplessness Of Women On The Forgotten Frontier

    "Meek's Cutoff" takes place in the open fields of the midwest, the year 1845, the land untouched, civilization slowly being built, but where the film feels contemporary, with its period-specific detail, all thick bonnets and dirt-stained wagons, is in its intimacy. Director Kelly Reichardt has made ...

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    Review: 'Arthur' A Tedious, Bland Comedy That Earns Intermittent Laughs Almost By Accident

    “Why?” will echo through your head if you’re a fan of the 1981 “Arthur” starring Dudley Moore as you watch this useless remake. The original won a shiny pair of Oscars and is considered a classic, but apparently Warner Bros. thought it needed to be remade for contemporary audiences. But the larger p...

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    Review: 'Hanna' A Study In Merciless Violence, Strong Performances And Block Rockin' Beats

    In "Hanna," Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan graduates to the next stage of her career, the one that all "respected actors" reach -- the action stage, where her piercing looks and astute natural intelligence are replaced by kicks, punches and improbable stunts. The anomaly, of course, is that Ms. Ronan has become a remarkably accomplished, borderline preternatural performer at a young age, and so the action phase of her career -- admittedly, a brief tour as opposed to the extended sojourn other actresses might enjoy -- has arrived fairly early. Such is the natural gimmick at the heart of "Hanna," one that audiences should find familiar by ...

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    Review: Though Keanu Reeves' Heart Is In The Right Place, 'Henry's Crime' Is A Forgettable Offense

    The following review is reprint that originally ran during the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.

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    Review: 'Ceremony' Is Charming & Well-Made, Despite Wes Anderson Derivativeness

    Employing similar symmetrical framing and tracking shots, classic rock soundtrack flourishes and quirky, fanciful characters, Max Winkler's directorial debut, "Ceremony" feels heavily indebted to the early works of Wes Anderson. Arguably a derivative effort in that sense, the film is still not witho...

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    Review: 'Your Highness' Is Fantasy That's Gloriously Absurd, Hilarious & Balls-Out Irreverent

    The potential failure of something calling itself "Your Highness" and being marketed, in the most blatant of terms, as a medieval stoner movie, is fairly, er, high. These are untapped waters, and a fairly ballsy decision for Universal, after several big-budgeted near-bombs, to make a big budget, ver...

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