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    Review: 'A Birder's Guide To Everything' With Kodi Smit-McPhee, James Le Gros, Katie Chang & Ben Kingsley

    In general, teenage obsessions are generally fairly obvious—music, comics, movies, clothes—but there are always a few teens whose interests, at least at the time, seem completely inexplicable, to everyone but themselves. So, it's not quite a surprise that the high school birdwatching club in "A Bird...

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    Review: Meditative, Haunting And Very Beautiful 'Hide Your Smiling Faces'

    In a strangely beautiful and unnerving moment, "Hide Your Smiling Faces" opens up with an arresting visual: a close-up of a snake -- its mouth wrapped around a fish, slowly struggling to swallow it whole. It's disturbing, fascinating and the shot lingers with a sense of awe, curiosity and wonder. An...

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    Review: 'The Raid 2' Brings Better Fights, But Still A Slightly Reduced Echo Of Its Predecessor

    When “The Raid” started on the festival circuit in 2011 in Toronto, it was a bloody blast of fresh air, with incredible action sequences throughout an energetically and expressively shot film with amazing stunt work and bone-crushing fight scenes captured with fluid camerawork, long takes and a gidd...

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    Review: Frankly Funny And Original 'Blumenthal'

    “Blumenthal” is a film about three Blumenthals. There’s Harold (Brian Cox), the famous playwright who died laughing at his own joke. There’s his brother, Saul (Mark Blum), an English professor who feels entitled to a bit of Harold’s success and has had some issues, ahem, not letting things… go. And ...

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    Recap: 'Girls' Finale Season 3, Episode 12 Takes 'Two Plane Rides' As Boundaries Are Crossed

    If there has been an overarching theme to the third season of "Girls," it has been about boundaries. Whether it's trying to find success within them (Shoshanna's carefully plotted life plan), falling outside of them to disastrous effect (Jessa's addiction, Marnie's streak of bad decisions) or vacill...

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    Review: Lovers Try To 'Stay' In Romance Starring Aidan Quinn & Taylor Schilling

    There's this old famous Irish saying that goes something like, “It's easy to halve a potato where there's love.” It's basically a much more Irish (and awesome) way of saying “sharing is caring.” The trouble is, what happens when the potato is rotten? Well, if you've been a keen observer of world new...

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    Review: 'Blood Ties' Starring Billy Crudup, Clive Owen, Marion Cotillard And James Caan

    There’s no questioning the aesthetics of Guillaume Canet’s handsome-looking “Blood Ties.” Set in 1970’s New York City, the film revels in low-key details: the immaculate wardrobe, the music, the feel.

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    Review: 'Just A Sigh' Starring Gabriel Byrne A Minor Key, Not Quite Magnetic Romance

    Some of us are floating in the water, waiting for that big wave that we can ride, one that will let us surf to another place where the water’s warmer, less choppy, and in some cases, soaked with less tourist piss (which may or may not be part of the metaphor). One of these people is Alix (Emmanuelle...

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    The Stealthy Genius of Andy Daly's New Comedy Central Series 'Review'

    There's no gap between Comedy Central's new series "Review" and the show-within-a-show on which it's focused, "Review with Forrest MacNeil" -- which is one of the reasons it works so well.

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    Review: Gangster Comedy 'Rob The Mob' Starring Michael Pitt, Nina Arianda & Andy Garcia Is A Pure Joy

    It feels like we haven't had a good mob movie in a long time. We're talking real Italian-style paisanos; tracksuits, wife-beaters, food metaphors, and grease everywhere. Raymond De Felitta may have been feeling the same kind of nostalgia in the air, because his new movie "Rob The Mob" plays out like...

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