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    Review: 'El Bulli: Cooking In Progress' Uses Simplicity To Achieve Quality

    Television has always made a great home for food. Various cooking shows populate the airwaves, either becoming a staple of one's TV-diet or the one station you linger on during a desperate channel-surfing session. It also wouldn't be worthy of the tube if it weren't processed through the vomit of reality TV, with shows like "Hell's Kitchen" and "Ace of Cakes" morphing people into exestuated personalities and following their bouncy, sometimes-quirky-sometimes-emotional (whatever gets more ratings) adventures in the eats biz. Still, people watch them, and despite the redundant programming, nobody is exactly screaming for a more realistic study ...

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    Review: 'The Guard' Is Ireland's Acidic Answer To The Buddy Cop Formula

    The following is a reprint of our review from the Tribeca Film Festival.

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    Review: Chemistry Really Cooks In The Uneven, But Super Charming 'Crazy Stupid Love'

    Precariously mixing elements of broad comedy, bittersweet heartache, charming romance and soulful, surprisingly mature dramatic moments, "Crazy, Stupid, Love" is an endearing and winning summer comedic drama. It succeeds in spite of some messy plotting, dicey adulteration of tones, and too convenien...

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    Review: Dominic Cooper's Performance Rises Above The Sleaze In 'The Devil's Double'

    There is no conventional wisdom that states that you get the biopic you deserve. Indeed, terrible movies have been made from compelling public figures, while other, less respectable folks have been unfortunately immortalized by the craft behind their cinematic stories. Ideally, the film isn’t a vali...

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    Review: 'Good Neighbours' A Lackluster Thriller & A Whodunit Without A Mystery

    The following is a reprint of our review from the film's Canadian release in June

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    Review: ‘Cowboys & Aliens’ Brings The Bad-Ass, But Falls Short On The Mash-Up

    It was only about 15 years ago that Jon Favreau first arrived on the scene as the hipster indie film festival darling of “Swingers” fame. After sharing the screen with Vince Vaughn in one more flick and being quickly relegated to sidekick roles, Favs decided it was time to step behind the camera. But it wasn’t until the actor/director fully came to terms with his closet geek that he came into his own in Hollywood. Five years ago, newly skinny and holding a canister of film (we guess it would be a disc of data these days, but that just doesn’t sound as romantic) he came to Comic-Con to show off “Iron Man.” Fans were eager, though understandabl...

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    Review: 'Friends With Benefits' Becomes The Average Rom-Com It Tries Hard To Avoid

    Yes, there is another movie that "Friends with Benefits," the new R-rated rom-com starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis, closely resembles. As seemingly endless articles, rants, and cleverly edited YouTube videos can attest, both the plot (about a pair of young, emotionally distant urban professionals looking for physical satisfaction over romantic completion) is strikingly similar to Ivan Reitman's lame duck comedy "No Strings Attached" (which opened earlier this year and, like 'Friends,' even sports a "Black Swan" ballerina in Natalie Portman). But in a weird way "Friends with Benefits" is reminiscent of another, entirely different movi...

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    Review: Tender Is The Night In 'The Myth of the American Sleepover'

    When you’re a teenager, the last days of summer take on a kind of sanctified status – responsibilities loom ahead and the dog days are behind you. David Robert Mitchell’s tender, observant debut feature "The Myth Of The American Sleepover" follows several young souls in a listless suburban town that...

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    Review: 'Captain America' Swells With Patriotic Pride & Delivers An Old School Superhero Adventure

    Well-paced, classical in nature, and featuring a completely different setting -- the 1940s during WWII which makes it a big tonal departure from other Marvel Films -- "Captain America: The First Avenger," is a relatively muscular and sturdy super-hero tale which is sometimes facile, but effective en...

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    Review: 'World On A Wire' Is A Long Lost Rainer Werner Fassbinder Oddity Worthy Of Reconsideration

    Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s “World on a Wire,” a once-thought-lost, nearly-four-hour-long sci-fi epic about the nature of reality and the ways in which we lose ourselves in that potentially futile quest, was made way back in 1973 and for that reason alone, it’s hard not to goggle in awe at how ahead ...

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