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    Treme: Another HBO Must-See from The Wire's David Simon

    I couldn't wait to watch Sunday night's latest HBO series, Treme, from The Wire's David Simon, set in post-Katrina New Orleans. I was not disappointed. TOH critic Tim Appelo has the review:

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    Zacharek Leaves Salon for Movieline

    Salon film critic Stephanie Zacharek is leaving her gig after 11 years, saying in a thoughtful exit post that she's moving "on to a new adventure elsewhere on the Web."

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    Doors Doc is Strange Indeed

    I started listening to the The Doors when I was about fourteen, and bought every one of their albums. I have great affection for their music, especially Strange Days, at the same time that I often question how seriously to take it.

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    Clash of the Titans Trashes Greek Myths in Eye-Rolling 3-D

    I've already weighed in on why Clash of the Titans is a must-to-avoid in 3-D, and why I detest retrofitted 3-D in general.

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    Action Stars Li, Lau, Kaneshiro Shine in The Warlords

    Thursday night I saw the Chinese b.o. juggernaut The Warlords, Peter Chan's breathless $40 million period action epic starring Asian megastars Jet Li, Andy Lau and Takeshi Kaneshiro as three blood brothers who fight for the imperial army, which won best film and best director at the Hong Kong Film A...

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    Disney/ABC To Close At the Movies Balcony

    Driving another nail into the coffin of genteel film criticism, Disney/ABC is finally closing down the At the Movies balcony for good. Started by Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, continued by Ebert and Richard Roeper, then a series of guest critics ending with Michael Phillips, At the Movies was cut off...

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    Cop Out's Kevin Smith Calls Out Critics and Gets Slammed

    Kevin Smith may be remembered not as a gifted screenwriter and not-so-great director and occasional comic relief player but as the guy who pioneered self-marketing on the internet. He was an early adopter, with movie-poop-shoot.com and other sites; his Twitter account @ThatKevinSmith logs over 1 mil...

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    The Good, The Bad, the Weird: Must-See Oriental Western

    Director Kim Ji-Woon calls The Good, The Bad, the Weird, his stunning $10-million homage to Clint Eastwood and Sergio Leone, an “Oriental Western.” His sixth film (which has continued his South Korean box-office winning streak) boasts masterful high-speed action like you’ve never seen before: think ...

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    HBO, Hanks, Spielberg Deliver Must-Watch The Pacific

    Tim Appelo reviews Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg's follow-up to HBO's Band of Brothers, The Pacific.

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    #SXSW: Matthew Vaughn Holds Off on Kick-Ass Sequel

    You couldn't ask for a more obvious set-up for a sequel than the end of Kick-Ass. Yet director Matthew Vaughn--who cannily set out to make a $50-million commercial hit--won't count his chickens until the movie opens on 3000 screens April 16. Lionsgate wants to talk sequel--they have first-look right...

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