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    Battle: Los Angeles, Jane Eyre, Red Riding Hood, Certified Copy, Mars Needs Moms, Black Death

    [Pictured: Red Riding Hood, Battle: Los Angeles, Jane Eyre]There is something for everyone this weekend. If you are somehow still in the mood for mass destruction, despite the tragedy that has befallen Japan, check out Battle: Los Angeles. More interested in classic love stories? Jane Eyre is Sin Nombre director Cary Fukunaga's smart retelling of Charlotte Bronte's gothic novel; Abbas Kiarostami's Certified Copy offers a complex investigation of originality, value and love ripe for post-screening debate. Red Riding Hood and Mars Needs Moms should keep younger audiences entertained for a few hours. Indies Black Death and Kill the Irishman prov...

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    Red Riding Hood Reviews: "Snoozy Lulluby," "Hokum at Best," "Generic," "Moon-faced and Dumb"

    IndieWIRE's Caryn James says that Red Riding Hood makes Twilight look good. You've been warned. Below, a round-up of reviews on Catherine Hardwicke's reinterpretation of the classic fairy tale, which has been told in various forms since the 14th century. This latest retelling didn't get the Disney P...

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    Weekend Box Office: Animation Rules as Rango Wins Opening Duel with Adjustment Bureau

    As the studios chase branded entertainment, the one genre open to original thinking is animation. Who can blame Gore Verbinski, after three Pirate movies, for heading back to the old West with a John Logan homage to westerns, top-of-the-line Industrial Light and Magic animation, and Johnny Depp lead...

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    Rango, Adjustment Bureau, Beastly, Take Me Home Tonight, I Saw the Devil: Blockbuster Weekend?

    2011 is due for its first blockbuster weekend. From Johnny Depp's animated Rango and Matt Damon and Emily Blunt's The Adjustment Bureau to teen flick Beastly, 80s throwback Take Me Home Tonight and Korean horror film I Saw the Devil, all the demographic bases are covered. We recommend Damon and Blun...

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    Potiche Early Reviews: Delicious French Feminist Comedy

    A fest favorite at Venice, François Ozon's feminist comedy Potiche (New York and LA, March 24, followed by a national release), stars a comedic Catherine Deneuve as a 70s trophy wife who takes over her husband’s umbrella factory while he is away and loves it so much that she tries to take it back fr...

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    I Saw the Devil Early Reviews, Kim Jee-woon and Lee Byung-hun Interview: Vengeance is Mine

    Korean director Kim Jee-woon is the real deal. He's a smart visually canny director with a sharp sense of humor who adeptly plays with genres, from his sixth film, the wacky Oriental western hit The Good, The Bad, and the Weird to the serial killer thriller I Saw the Devil, which also features Good ...

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    Meek's Cutoff Early Reviews: "Beckettian Harshness," Williams Is "Show-Stealingly Brilliant"

    Kelly Reichardt's austere western Meek's Cutoff hits theatres April 8. A roundup of early reviews is below.

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    Rango Early Reviews: "One Spectacular-Looking Movie," "Chaotic," "Wildly Imaginative" (UPDATED)

    Rango is a gorgeous CGI animated homage to the Hollywood western from Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski, ILM, screenwriter John Logan and a great voice cast led by Johnny Depp. The VFX masters at ILM put their genius to work on a piece of CGI animation (blessedly not in 3-D) , and the results are wondrous, from the character animation to the action sequences. But while Logan is an Oscar-nominated studio scribe (The Aviator) who knows his westerns, this is not a Pixar film. On the one hand the pacing lags, and on the other, they don't seem to have a handle on how to make it play for both adults and kids. (Younger viewers in the ...

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    The Adjustment Bureau Early Reviews: Damon & Blunt Own It With Heart-Fluttering Chemistry

    Hollywood has a good track record when it comes to adapting California sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick, who was praised by Adam Gopnik for his "mixture of mordant comedy and wild metaphysics."

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    Weekend Preview: Drive Angry 3D, Hall Pass, Of Gods and Men, Heartbeats

    Of this weekend's new entries, the one I want to see most is French Oscar entry Of Gods and Men, which earned raves around the world but was unaccountably shut out by the foreign language committee. UPDATE: It also won the Cesar award for Best Film.

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