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Zero Dark Thirty: A Thrilling Return to Form for Bigelow

January 18, 2013
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Zero Dark Thirty: A Thrilling Return to Form for Bigelow

Kathryn Bigelow’s first feature film since her award-winning effort, "The Hurt Locker," returns to the Middle East-- but this time its focus is less the front lines and more the back rooms, the CIA operatives hunting for Osama bin Laden.
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‘Queen of Versailles': Money, Greed, Excess (Perfect Holiday Film?)

December 14, 2012
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‘Queen of Versailles': Money, Greed, Excess (Perfect Holiday Film?)

The Queen of Versailles (directed by Lauren Greenfield) is an excellent, fascinating, compelling documentary about money, greed, excess, and ultimately what all that does to a person.
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Prometheus: Should Scott Have Gone Back to the Well?

June 12, 2012
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Prometheus: Should Scott Have Gone Back to the Well?

Does Ridley Scott's beautiful and engrossing return to sci-fi overcome its late-movie cliches? 'Prometheus' reviewed.
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The Secret World of Arrietty Bears Mark of Miyazaki

February 22, 2012
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The Secret World of Arrietty Bears Mark of Miyazaki

It’s a sad fact that one day, we will live in a world without Hayao Miyazaki actively making movies. What we have in The Secret World of Arrietty is perhaps the next best thing to a film directed by Miyazaki. It’s a film written by Miyazaki and to some extent “planned” by him....
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‘Drive’ Thrives on Full Tank of Style, Narrative

October 10, 2011
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‘Drive’ Thrives on Full Tank of Style, Narrative

Drive, starring the currently ubiquitous Ryan Gosling, is in part an homage to Walter Hill’s The Driver (1978) and quite an earnest endeavor: a post-modernist situation lacking most of the tropes and characteristics of the post-modern film.
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Green Lantern Packed with Narrative and Effects, Resulting in . . .?

July 10, 2011
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Green Lantern Packed with Narrative and Effects, Resulting in . . .?

Green Lantern is the kind of superhero that could never feasibly have been rendered without digital effects. But should it have been rendered at all? Or is it more worthy than most of the reviews are making it out to be?
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The Hangover: Part II — At Least There’s a Monkey

May 31, 2011
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The Hangover: Part II — At Least There’s a Monkey

The inevitable sequel to the crass comedy hit 'The Hangover: Part II' brings back Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis, the bachelor party trio from hell. But it’s just not clicking this time around.
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Subjects Shine in ‘Kings of Pastry’

March 14, 2011
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Subjects Shine in ‘Kings of Pastry’

'Kings of Pastry' is a documentary that focuses on several pastry chefs who yearn for and compete for the Meilleur Ouvrier de France in the category of Pastry-making, an elite tradesperson award in France. Despite some clunkiness, on the whole it's a jewel.
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Lively ‘Rango’ Thrives on Quirky Execution, Stalls on Vanilla Story Arc

March 8, 2011
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Lively ‘Rango’ Thrives on Quirky Execution, Stalls on Vanilla Story Arc

Rango, the new animated feature starring Johnny Depp, channels the Spaghetti Western, and is noteworthy for a design sense that's sharper and more distinct than the average animated film.
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Documentary: Facts and Fictions

February 9, 2011
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Documentary: Facts and Fictions

With fiction wearing the garb of non-fiction and the growing scrutiny of documentaries as truth, the lines continue to blur between these two supposedly oppositional types of film.
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