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    Jon Favreau's 'Chef,' Hitting Theaters This Weekend, Is Scruffy Indie Crowdpleaser

    Jon Favreau took a break from tentpole movies to direct a scruffy family comedy that wears its insecurities on its sleeve. "I shoot food like Michael Bay shoots babes in bikinis," he told me at the rooftop after-party at this past SXSW.

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    COLCOA Review: Isabelle Huppert Is All Strength in 'Abuse of Weakness'

    The title of the film may be “Abuse of Weakness,” but Isabelle Huppert’s performance as a filmmaker who suffers a stroke and then gets willingly conned by an ex-con is nothing but strong and steely-nerved. Which, of course, is to be expected from one of film’s best living actresses.

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    'Alphaville': Why This Piece of 60s Pulp Fiction is Must-See Jean-Luc Godard (CLIP)

    My favorite Jean-Luc Godard film, the glorious 1965 black-and-white surreal sci-fi noir "Alphaville," starring Eddie Constantine, Godard's wife Anna Karina and Paris at night, has gotten a snazzy digital restoration and new subtitles. It opens for a week at the Nuart Friday.

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    Tribeca Review: In Powerful Doc 'Virunga,' Gorillas Caught in the Crosshairs of Corporate Greed

    If corporations are people, my friends, they’re the kind of people who make great movie villains. Especially in “Virunga.” Which unfortunately isn’t a fiction.

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    In Must-See 'Locke,' Tom Hardy Is Under Pressure

    "Locke" is a fully realized high-concept drama carried by Tom Hardy's riveting, naturalistic performance. It could use the help of the right film festival rollout. Unfortunately, it already had the wrong one.

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    Review: Argentina's Outstanding 'The German Doctor' Finds a Heart of Darkness in Gorgeous Patagonia

    In the opening sequence of Lucía Puenzo’s “The German Doctor,” a family in 1960 Argentina takes a road trip across the wide, Cinemascoped expanse of Patagonia’s countryside. But they’re not alone. Following closely behind is a blue sedan, and in it, the Angel of Death -- or at least the man who was ...

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    Review: John Turturro Casts Himself Opposite Woody Allen in 'Fading Gigolo'

    Directing himself and Woody Allen in Miami Fest entry 'Fading Gigolo,' triple-threat John Turturro navigates tricky sexual territory with delicacy.

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    Review: Existential Thriller 'Locke,' Starring Tom Hardy and His Fabulous Voice

    If you’re going to make a film about a guy taking calls from his car -- and if half of those calls are about concrete -- then you sure as hell better cast a lead actor with command of the screen. This apparently wasn’t lost on writer-director Steven Knight, who wisely got Tom Hardy to take the wheel...

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    Review: Nicolas Cage Returns to His Naturalist Roots in 'Joe,' Directed by David Gordon Green

    David Gordon Green's "Joe" is a sluggish, slow-burn drama set in poverty-mired Mississippi about the bond that gradually builds between a drifter boy ("Mud"'s Tye Sheridan) and a simmering ex-con (Nicolas Cage). While both Cage and Sheridan are very watchable, especially in the scenes they share tog...

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    Things I Learned at the 'Mad Men' Season Seven Premiere, Review Roundup: "The beginning of the end" (TRAILER)

    My favorite moment at the "Mad Men" Season Seven premiere: when AMC president Charles Collier asked the sprawling ensemble to rise from their seats at Hollywood's Arclight Theatre, Jon Hamm (Don Draper) and Kevin Rahm (Ted Chaough) caught sight of each other standing in the same row and waved. The E...

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