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    Review: 'Red Riding Hood' A Brooding Tweenage Fairy Tale

    Catherine Hardwicke, for better or worse, has largely defined what we have experienced, cinematically, for the past couple of years. Her influence might get lost in the shuffle, since every subsequent film has been helmed by a different director, but with the look and feel of the first "Twilight"' m...

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    Review: 'Mars Needs Moms' A Dead-Eyed Bore

    Robert Zemeckis has spent the past few years, since 2004's uncanny valley-crossing "The Polar Express," trying to convince the movie-going public of the validity of his brand of motion capture animation. For the most part, audiences have resisted, but he still keeps plugging away. And even a new dea...

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    Review: 'Elektra Luxx' Seems To Exist Only As A Showcase For Carla Gugino

    Not That There's Anything Wrong With ThatSebastian Gutierrez’s “Electra Luxx” isn’t so much a sequel to 2009’s “Women in Trouble” as it is a 95-minute love letter to girlfriend and star Carla Gugino. The original film only made $18,000, so it’s difficult to see “Elektra Luxx” as anything other than ...

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    Review: 'Kill The Irishman' But Spare The Movie

    The true story of Danny Greene is not without intrigue or plot twists. The Irish dockworker first became a union head before seeking less savory work as a mob hitman. Like many before and after him, Greene earned the ire of those around him by trying to use his reputation as a negotiation tool, seei...

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    Review: 'Black Death' Plagued By One Major Casting Issue

    Films often live or die with their lead performances. In many movies, lead characters are stoic or passive, and in anchoring the film, people ignore the work lead actors put in over the course of the runtime, grounding the story with a consistency that allows showier supporting actors a chance to st...

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    Review: 'Monogamy' Is More Like Monotony & A Poor Man's 'Sex, Lies & Videotape'

    This is a republish of our review that ran last year during the Tribeca Film Festival.Shot beautifully, right in the middle of the Brooklyn neighborhood that houses The Playlist headquarters and even prominently featuring our local watering hole and one of its well-liked jovial bartenders, "Monogamy...

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    Review: 'Boy' Doesn't Talk Down To Its Audience, But May Have Trouble Reaching Them

    This film played as part of the New York International Children’s Film Festival.

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    Review: Abbas Kiarostami's 'Certified Copy' Is Rich, Absorbing & Moving

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

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    JDIFF '11 Review Roundup: 'Julia's Eyes,' 'A Somewhat Gentle Man'

    The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, aka JDIFF, first inaugurated in 2003, wrapped its packed 11-day run on Sunday 27th February. Our "man" (read: "woman") on the ground, was in attendance - here are some short reviews of just a few of the many films screened.

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