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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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    Grains of Sand: The Meditative Beauty of SAMSARA

    Ronald Fricke's "Samsara" is a trance movie. Its title is a Buddhist term that roughly translates as, "The cycle of death and rebirth to which life in the material world is bound." And in a roundabout way, the movie does tell that story.

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    REMEMBERING ANDREW SARRIS, 1928-2012

    This is a remembrance of film critic Andrew Sarris (1928-2012).

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    TRAILER WATCH - Marvel's THE AVENGERS: Just Another Superhero Movie?

    Matt Zoller Seitz: Have you heard there's a new Avengers trailer? All those great Marvel superheroes are in one trailer, just like in the comics! And Iron Man is there, and Thor, and .... sorry, I just can't get excited about this. As you might have heard, I'm sick unto death of sup...

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    Writing reviews in pen

    I'm going to write reviews in pen for a while and see what happens

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    MATT ZOLLER SEITZ: Should HOMELAND have quit while it was ahead?

    Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck might not seem to belong in a review of a searing cable drama about terrorism, but bear with me, OK? In the climax of Show Biz Bugs (1957), in which Bugs and Daffy compete for the right to claim top billing in a show, Daffy decides he’s had enough of being bested by the rab...

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    CHAPTER ART: MAGIC AND LIGHT: THE FILMS OF STEVEN SPIELBERG debuts tommorow

    It's almost here! Press Play's first video essay series in direct partnership with IndieWire: "Magic and Light: The Films of Steven Spielberg." On Dec. 15, 2011 on this blog, this series will examine facets of Spielberg's movie career, including his stylistic evolution as a director, his depiction ...

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    The Art of MAGIC & LIGHT: THE FILMS OF STEVEN SPIELBERG

    MAGIC & LIGHT: THE FILMS OF STEVEN SPIELBERG premieres Dec. 15 at Press Play. Check out these eye-popping title cards. As they used to say of CLOSE ENCOUNTERS trading cards back in the '70s, collect them all!

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    SLIDE SHOW: Martin Scorsese’s greatest movies

    This has been quite a year for 60-something American filmmakers. Terrence Malick, who started directing in 1973, created the year’s most divisive conversation piece with “The Tree of Life.” Woody Allen, who started directing in 1966, had his biggest financial success with “Midnight in Paris.” Steve...

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    MATT ZOLLER SEITZ: When great TV shows disappoint

    As regular readers know, I sometimes fall head-over-heels in love with promising new shows, and when they deliver a problematic or outright bad episode, it’s disillusioning. I tell myself it’s the nature of the beast — that it’s hard to make just one great half-hour or hour-long episode, let alone 1...

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