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    Review: 'Tron: Legacy' Is A Sonic & Visual Delight, But Lacks Soul, Narratively Empty

    The first hour of "Tron: Legacy," Disney's immensely budgeted (some reports have it soaring past the $300 million mark with marketing costs) reboot/sequel of a marginally popular 1982 live-inside-the-videogame cult oddity, is as breathless and bold as any recent franchise flick. It begins in 1989, with Jeff Bridges, playing computer magnate/visionary Kevin Flynn, mysteriously vanishing -- leaving behind a vast company and young son. We flash forward 20 years or so, and the abandoned son Sam (played by Garrett Hedlund) is now the company's largest shareholder but also a restless, wayward twentysomething who pulls an annual prank on the board (...

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    Review: 'You Won't Miss Me' Lacks Insight & Interest

    Despite over-saturation, a refusal/inability to use the film medium to its full potential, and the generally low-aiming nature of the mumbly micro-indie, it seems the genre is here to stay.

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    Review: 'The Fighter' Is A Scrappy Little Knockout

    Picture Is Also A Surprisingly Funny, Touching Story About The Foibles Of Family; Bale Seems Oscar-Nom BoundThere are onscreen dramas that claim to be about family, but they never really involve the protagonist having to make difficult decisions. Often the family is too saintly, or too important, to ignore. Other times, the best route for the protagonist to follow is to form a surrogate family, as blood relatives appear untrustworthy or devious. Rarely does a film come along that respects its audience enough to present the clear conflicts and difficulties of being around the ones who love you. Whether it be their all-encompassing love, their ...

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    Review: 'Voyage Of The Dawn Treader' Is A Cruise Ship To Inanity

    In “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader,” we return to the Pevensie siblings and their adventures across the mystic lands. However, because the last film, “Prince Caspian,” didn’t exactly set the world on fire, we get everything at a discount: hence, instead of four Pevensies, w...

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    Review: 'And Everything Is Going Fine' Is A Deeply Fascinating & Satisfying Closing Chapter

    Spitting out detailed and personal monologues in a sometimes-comfortable-sometimes-manic fashion, Spalding Gray was one of the most engaging talkers of our time. His minimalist style was deeply intimate, eschewing any kind of tool or prop in favor instead of spilling his guts out on stage. He quickly established such a connection with the audience (even going as far as interviewing audience members on stage) during his performances that calling it a "relationship" doesn't feel right -- "friendship" is a better word. Sadly, Gray took his own life in 2004 due to depression, and his absence is felt: there's not another performer like him out th...

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    Review: 'Black Swan' Is The Grandest Ballet Of Darren Aronofsky's Career

    This is a repost of a review that ran earlier this year during TIFF 2010. The film is in limited release starting this week.

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    Review: 'I Love You Phillip Morris' Starts Sweet But Turns Sour

    After being delayed for nearly a year thanks to distributor woes and legal wrangling, the directorial debut of Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (the writers behind "Bad Santa" and directors of the upcoming "Crazy Stupid Love") finally arrives on North American shores. And though the film is not as outra...

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    Review: 'All Good Things' Is A Lot Of Very Tedious Things In A Film Better Served As A Documentary

    It's been a long road for Andrew Jarecki's non-documentary feature debut "All Good Things" to finally get a release. Jarecki bought back the U.S. distribution rights to the film from The Weinstein Company earlier this year after the completed film wound up collecting dust on the studio shelf for ove...

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    Review: 'The Nutcracker in 3D' Is An Abomination

    "I wanted to make a film for children, one that they will show to their children and so on. Something like "Mary Poppins" or "Bambi" that survive generations, because they talk about fundamentals of human life." -- Andrei Konchalovsky on the red carpet for "The Nutcracker 3D"

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