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    Review: Shailene Woodley Stars in Gregg Araki's 'White Bird in a Blizzard'

    Gregg Araki can spin pop-colored, darkly funny suburban tragedies like few other directors working today, with 2004’s 'Mysterious Skin' as the formidable example. 'White Bird in a Blizzard,' while not matching the overall emotional swell of 'Mysterious Skin,' again finds Araki in top form. It opens ...

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    Review: Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer Can't Save Monochromatic 'Black or White'

    Writer/director Mike Binder's social message film is as certain of its ennobling politics as "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," and ultimately as tepid.

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    Five Ways 'Equalizer' Star Denzel Washington Beats Out His Fellow Action Stars

    In Denzel we trust. Washington is truly one of the last real Hollywood stars left standing that moviegoers will go see in almost anything. And even when he is bad, he is oh so good.

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    Venice Reviews: Akin’s 'The Cut' Stars Rahim, Costanza’s 'Hungry Hearts' Stars Driver

    “The Cut” is Fatih Akin’s reach for the big time, and sad to say he comes up short. The popular German-Turkish director has made a lot of different kinds of films, from inter-cultural dramas (“Head On”) and comedies (“Soul Kitchen”), to romantic comedy/road-trips (“In July”) and documentaries (“Cros...

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    Venice Film Festival Diary: 'Black Souls,' 'Heaven Knows What,' 'Goodnight Mommy'

    The dark days of Venice continue. It’s not easy starting your morning with a film called “Black Souls” but someone has to do it. Italian director Francisco Munzi’s tale of a Calabrian family embroiled in the mafia gave me a stomach ache, partly because of the sense of dread it successfully exported ...

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    'Wild' Screens For the First Time on Telluride Opening Day (REVIEW)

    The Telluride Film Festival opened with Reese Witherspoon hiking adventure "Wild," from the director of "Dallas Buyer's Club."

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    15 Must-See Modern Noirs (CLIPS)

    The noir since 1960 is like pornography: it's hard to describe, but you know it when you see it. With "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" in theaters, it may be time to tackle the question more directly. To paraphrase Paul Schrader, what is a (modern) film noir?

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    Rory Kennedy Doc 'Last Days in Vietnam' Celebrates Heroes (VIDEO)

    "There are a lot of lessons from this film," says Rory Kennedy at the Q & A for "Last Days in Vietnam," "that apply to some of challenges we are facing today. One of the big ones is to have an exit strategy planned out when you go into a war, think that through form the beginning."

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    'Birdman' Debuts at Venice to Rave Reviews: "Savagely Sweet"

    We're off to the races. Venice Film Festival opener "Birdman," from always-compelling Alejandro G. Inarritu, has earned raves from its first set of reviewers. I will participate in the next round, which is Telluride. (We'll know the official line-up Thursday.) The film closes the New York Film Fest...

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