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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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    Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Review: Flamboyant and Uninspired

    Film and comics critic Simon Abrams (Village Voice, Comics Journal) ventured onto Broadway to see what all the fuss was about on Julie Taymor's endlessly previewed (performances started on November 28; the opening was postponed to March 15) and troubled Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. He finds flambo...

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    Depressed Holiday Weekend Box Office Taken by Unknown

    Unknown, Liam Neeson's follow-up to sleeper hit Taken, grabbed moviegoers at the Presidents Day weekend box office, which did little to pull Hollywood box office out of its ongoing depression. So far, first quarter box office is off 24 to 28 % from last year, reports Anthony D'Alessandro:

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    Weekend Preview: Unknown, I Am Number Four, Big Mommas, Last Lions, Putty Hill

    It's no surprise that indie offerings Putty Hill and the doc The Last Lions score the best reviews of the motley crew of movies that opened for the holiday weekend. Unknown, Liam Neeson's follow-up to sleeper hit Taken is next.

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    NYT Critics Want to Interact--from a Safe Distance

    It's all very well for newspapers to try and interact with their readers online. What strikes me about the NYTimes' effort to engage movie fans with film critics A.O. Scott and Manohla Dargis is how they are choosing to respond to their readers.

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    New York Film Critics Circle Goes Digital, Partners with Movie Review Query Engine

    As film critics seek to adapt to digital journalism, the venerable New York Film Critics Circle, founded in 1935, has partnered with 16-year-old review database Movie Review Query Engine (MRQE ("marquee") to relaunch their NYFCC website to lure moviegoers looking for guidance on what to see each wee...

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