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    Elvis Mitchell is New Film Independent/LACMA Film Curator

    Elvis Mitchell lands on his feet yet again. One thing about having been a film critic at the New York Times, visiting professor at Harvard, documentary filmmaker, and KCRW host of The Treatment: you get plenty of cred.

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    Green Lantern Reviews: "Inert, Underwhelming," Reynolds "Little More than a Torso and a Smirk"

    Warner/DC's Green Lantern wants to blow your mind, starting June 17, one day after its premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Even the more generous reviews below suggest that we shouldn't expect a mind-blowing quality film. (We see it Wednesday.) Best case scenario: the comics fanbase will jump...

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    Criterion Releases Nic Roeg's Significant Insignificance

    The new Criterion DVD of Insignificance prompts Simon Abrams to ruminate on director Nic Roeg:Essayist and film critic Chuck Stephens aptly calls British director Nicolas Roeg a “Cine-Cubist” in his new essay on Insignificance for the Criterion Collection, which just released Roeg’s hard-to-find 198...

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    Weekend Box Office: Super 8 Pulls $38 Million, Beats X-Men: First Class for Number One Slot

    As Paramount labored to both downplay expectations and build up word-of-mouth via advance sneaks, Super 8 exceeded box office predictions and got off to a strong start. Anthony D'Alessandro reports:Super 8’s projector bulbs burned brighter than expected as Paramount’s sci-fi drama bested its lowest ...

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    Weekend Preview: Can the Fab Super 8 Beat Holdovers X-Men & The Hangover?

    First, check out J.J. Abrams' Spielberg homage, Super 8: you'll have fun discussing it afterwards.

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    Super 8 Inspires Cinephile Debate

    Super 8 reviews are by no means uniformly positive. It is in fact inspiring considerable cinephile debate. While I am convinced that the movie will 1) please most fans 2) be a huge hit and 3) inspire a Spielberg lovefest at this point in his career, the issues raised by the film's detractors are wor...

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    Super 8 Reviews: "Early Spielberg Classic," Spielberg & Abrams "Spiritually Clash On-Screen" UPDATED

    I went in to see Super 8 with modest expectations. I kept waiting for the movie to derail and lose its footing at some point. That never happened. I was instantly caught up with this group of kids trying to shoot a movie (the final result unspools over the closing credits, so stick around) and then ...

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    Super 8 Opening Projections Are Irrelevant; Word-of-Mouth Will Sell This Critics' Darling

    Having seen Super 8 Tuesday--it did not disappoint--I agree with box office analyst Anthony D'Alessandro's assertion that it doesn't matter if Super 8 opens soft. It's an original that plays like gangbusters and as such, the eventual returns will dwarf its opening this weekend, whatever it is. (This...

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    X-Men: First Class: Winners and Losers, Fassbender Up, Lawrence Down

    X-Men: First Class's $56 million opening (no 3-D premium ticket sales) marks a big win for most of the folks involved. But there are a few losers, too.

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