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    The Sensible Craft of Ben Affleck's ARGO

    Ben Affleck's third directing effort, "Argo," is funnier than expected, is expertly paced, and has a fantastic 70s look (the most convincing since Zodiac), plus knockout supporting performances by Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, and John Goodman in very colorful roles.

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    Beyond the Veil of the Flesh: David Cronenberg's THE FLY (1986) on Blu-ray

    I’m glad I re-watched David Cronenberg’s 1986 version of "The Fly" on Blu-ray. I haven't watched it in decent resolution since I saw it in a theater on first release. It's still brilliant and perfect, and profoundly moving—maybe Cronenberg's greatest and most perfect film; a horror tragedy that does...

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    The Revolution Was Televised: The Conversation

    I worked with HitFix.com television critic Alan Sepinwall at the Star-Ledger of Newark for nine years, 1997-2006. We shared the TV beat together throughout that period, writing reviews and features, and collaborating on a daily column of news and notes titled "All TV."

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    PRESS PLAY THEATER: Preston Miller's GOD'S LAND (2010)

    This is Press Play Theater, a streaming video feature that showcases notable work by independent filmmakers in one-week exclusive runs. Our debut offering is God’s Land, the second feature by Long Island-based director Preston Miller.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: ON THE Q.T.: Chapter 2: PULP FICTION (The Cool)

    Quentin Tarantino’s films treat talk as action; torrents of words spill out of his characters' mouths, defining and redefining them, in their own eyes and in the eyes of the world.

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    In Remembrance of Harris Savides: 1957-2012

    Cinematographer Harris Savides, who died yesterday at 54, was a poet of light. He shot some of the stylistically striking movies of the last two decades.

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    From Brooklyn With Love: Notes on Unsophistication

    When I dashed off a little rant about snarky commenters who annoyed me during a revival screening of "From Russia With Love," I didn't expect it to strike a nerve. Apparently it did. I wouldn't take back any of it—I said what I said, and meant all of it. But I would like to clarify a few points in t...

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    From Young Viewers With Total Indifference

    The problem with some young viewers.

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    FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE is not unsophisticated. You are.

    "From Russia With Love" was released almost 50 years ago.

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    COSMOPOLIS: A Masterwork of Compression

    David Cronenberg’s movie version of Don DeLillo’s "Cosmopolis," a black comedy about a financier whose life is falling apart, is a snapshot of Western civilization in existential panic.

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