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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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    Review: 'Burlesque' Is Trashy Fun, Until It's Not

    In "Burlesque," the gaudy new movie musical, Christina Aguilera plays a buxom nobody from Iowa who comes to the big city in search of fame and money, although she's such a cipher that this might be the audience projecting motivation on a character that simply seems to glide through whole sequences, sometimes quite literally. After a painfully inept "looking for a job" montage that gives the term "workmanlike" a bad name, she comes across a squat building on Sunset Boulevard that promises "The Best View on the Sunset Strip - Without Any Windows." Inside, Alan Cumming, grabbing every second of screen time he has and devouring it carnivorously, ...

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    Review: 'Faster' Is In No Rush To Be An Exciting Movie

    Every exciting or interesting moment that transpires in George Tillman Jr.’s “Faster” can be glimpsed in the redband trailer online. Is there more that can be said of this generic action picture? Not really, but we are paid by word count so… yes!

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    Book Review: 'The Art Of Hammer' Is Horrifyingly Good

    One of the many pleasures to be had watching this fall's under-seen vampire gem "Let Me In," was catching a glimpse of the new Hammer Films logo. The British horror studio, which specialized in sexy, stylish Technicolor horror romps, had been dormant since the mid-1980s (after their "House of Hammer...

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    Review: 'Tangled' Is Safe Disney Princess Stuff

    About a year ago, Disney released "The Princess and the Frog," their joyful, totally brilliant return to hand-drawn animation. And nobody fucking went. Sure, Princess Tiana toys flew off the shelves of Target stores nationwide, but this was probably to be expected when the studio finally allowed an African American character into the hallowed stable of Disney princesses. But the movie, as a whole, didn't do exceptionally well, putting into doubt the viability of the Disney Princess line of products which, amongst other things, has put the Fantasyland expansion at Walt Disney World into question and forced the brass to change the title of this...

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    Review: 'Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, Part 1' Is A Satisfying Chapter All Its Own

    And We Can't Wait For Part 2You're just a few minutes into "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1," when it becomes explicitly clear that, no matter how much the other entries in the franchise have flirted with "darkness," this will be a completely different experience. In the scene, Hermione (Emma Watson) is seen at her parents' home. Her parents, as we know, are human (or "Muggles") and therefore not entirely clued in to the apocalyptic doom that's been gathering, like very literal storm clouds, in the magical world. To protect her parents, she waves her wand over them, and she is instantly erased from all of the family photos. She's...

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    Review: 'Next Three Days' Is Paul Haggis Trying/Failing to Make Muscular Entertainment

    The true test of any director's dexterity and creativity lies with their ability to successfully tackle a myriad of genres. It's enough to be "good enough" in one highly specified field, but to be able to grapple with different subject matters is truly remarkable. Certainly Danny Boyle is a great contemporary example of this, as he's been able to tackle disparate genres like the zombie thriller ("28 Days Later") and heady science fiction epic ("Sunshine"), all the while able to slip back into humanist dramas like "Slumdog Millionaire" and this fall's "127 Hours." (Steven Soderbergh is another notable, current example of an itchy genre experim...

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    Review: Feist Documentary 'Look At What The Light Did Now' Is An Arty Exploration

    From its almost Lynchian beginning—filled with seemingly random cuts, out-of-focus shots, flashing lights, and swirling points of color at a live show—it’s clear that Feist documentary “Look at What the Light Did Now” won’t be your standard rock doc. Instead, director Anthony Seck’s project quickly sets itself apart with an aesthetic that veers between art film and hipster craft fair, a tone that perfectly matches Feist’s own music, itself a mixture of polished and smartly produced tracks and earthy, quirky additions. It takes the music documentary standards of touring and recording and combines them with elements that would seem ...

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