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    Screen Talk 4: from Sublime Ebert Doc 'Life Itself' to McCarthy's Ridiculous 'Tammy'

    In our fourth Screen Talk podcast, Indiewire critic Eric Kohn and I debate the (dubious) merits of Melissa McCarthy's "Tammy"--is it a bad studio movie or a bad indie movie?--and admire the virtues of Steve James' end-of-life documentary about critic Roger Ebert, "Life Itself."

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    Five Things I Learned from 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' (REVIEW AND ROUNDUP, VIDEO)

    Going into last week's Fox screening of 3D sequel "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," I was both eagerly anticipating and slightly skeptical.

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    Review and Roundup: Why Melissa McCarthy Vehicle 'Tammy' Never Takes Off

    Melissa McCarthy's 'Tammy' may look like a comedy from its trailers, but it turns out it's actually a whole different ball game.

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    'Transformers: Age of Extinction' Review Roundup: A Visually Impressive, Scattered Destruction Fest (VIDEO)

    "Transformers: Smash-a-thon 4000"--sorry, that should be "Transformers: Age of Extinction" comes out this Friday in the U.S. The critical consensus: despite some impressive 3D eye candy, this fourth installment in the franchise, weighing in at a whopping 165 minutes, lags under it's own weight and ...

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    How Hawks' 1948 Classic 'Red River' Drew a New Map for the Western (NEW CRITERION DVD REVIEW)

    "Funny how different you feel," cattleman Nadine Groot (Walter Brennan) relates near the end of "Red River," "when you know you're going somewheres." He's right, but his is a sojourner's satisfaction, marking the conclusion of a long expedition. For viewers of Howard Hawks' mythic 1948 Western, the ...

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    'The Fault in Our Stars' Review and Roundup: Shailene Woodley Carries Manipulative Weepie

    Trust me: when it opens Friday 'The Fault in Our Stars' will be review proof. It matters not a whit what any of us have to say about Josh Boone's four-hankie tragic romance based on social media star John Green's bestselling Young Adult novel. Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber of "(500) Days of Su...

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    'Edge of Tomorrow' Review and Roundup: Cruise Fights Back in Dazzling Must-See Mindbender

    The reviews are in for Tom Cruise’s new star vehicle “Edge of Tomorrow,” and they are…well, pretty great, actually.

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    Review: 'Obvious Child' Succeeds Admirably as an Abortion Rom-Com

    Gillian Robespierre’s winning “Obvious Child,” which bowed at Sundance, sticks to the rom-com arc while throwing in a gutsy curveball: The film’s main woman and man fall in love while getting an abortion. It opens this Friday via A24 Films.

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    Happy 118th Birthday, Howard Hawks: TOH! Picks His 16 Must-See Films (VIDEO)

    In 2012, when Sight & Sound Magazine released the results of its most recent decennial poll, fans of Howard Hawks searched the top fifty "Greatest Films of All Time" in vain. Is the reputation of classical Hollywood cinema's most versatile master in decline? We offer you 16 reasons why you should re...

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    Critics on 'Maleficent': Jolie Is Fierce and Film Looks Great, But Fairytale Wears Thin

    First reviews have swooped in for "Maleficent," Disney's take on the "Sleeping Beauty" classic arch villain here played by a wickedly gorgeous Angelina Jolie, a ringer for the iconic character. Per critics, the news is good and bad. The film, helmed by Oscar-winning VFX artist Robert Stromberg makin...

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