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Caryn James

Watch a Better, Shorter "Roommate": Justin Bieber and Andy Samberg on SNL

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  • February 6, 2011 4:41 AM
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As I said in my review of the ludicrous psycho-friend thriller The Roommate (you can read it here), the movie offers more laughs than jolts. Here's the latest addition to the film's so-bad-it's-funny reputation: Justin Bieber and Andy Samberg from last night's Saturday Night Live. The parody works if you've only seen the trailer, and even if you haven't.
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Movie Review: Leighton Meester and Minka Kelly in The Roommate

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  • February 4, 2011 8:48 AM
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My Evil Twin did not write this review, although by the end it may seem that way. The Roommate, with Leighton Meester and Minka Kelly in a would-be Single White Female psycho-thriller, has many problems, but here is a big one: it is a terrible movie, yet it probably needs to make a ton at the box office just to earn back its budget for lip gloss.

Watch Mini Darth Vader; The Real Super Bowl of Movie Trailers, Ads

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  • February 4, 2011 2:08 AM
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I happen to know that the Packers and the Steelers are facing off in the Super Bowl on Sunday, but only because I asked someone who cares; football is not my concern. The movie trailers and mini-movies meant to sell us things, though, they promise to be more entertaining.
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Watch Anderson Cooper Narrate Video of His Attack in Egypt

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  • February 3, 2011 3:45 AM
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For days, the images of the violent demonstrations in Cairo have looked eerily like a movie, especially when colorfully-clothed men on horseback swooped through, attacking the crowds in Tahrir Square. Yesterday the look and feel changed as American journalists found it wasn't safe to report from the streets. "Anyone with a camera was a target" of pro-Mubarak demonstrators, Anderson Cooper said on CNN, and around 10:00 PM last night Eastern time, near dawn in Cairo, you could see how dangerous it had become.
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Natalie Portman in "The Other Woman," Deja Vu

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  • February 3, 2011 2:15 AM
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Riding the tail feathers of Black Swan, The Other Woman finally arrives in theaters tomorrow, a month after it began its on-demand run. As I said when I reviewed it on VOD, Don Roos’ drama about a woman mourning her dead child and trying to adjust to being a stepmother is an irredeemable muddle; even Natalie Portman’s fierce performance can’t save it. Here's a link to that review.

Movie Review, "Cold Weather": Indie Vision Meets Sherlock Holmes

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  • February 2, 2011 5:35 AM
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The label independent film is tossed around so casually it can mean almost anything, but Cold Weather – written, directed and edited by Aaron Katz – displays a true independent vision. This accomplished, small-scale work dares to break a fundamental rule of movie-making: it starts out as one kind of film and playfully, successfully swerves into another.

Google Street View Goes to the Museum

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  • February 1, 2011 6:18 AM
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You may think Street View is an invasion of privacy, but today Google launches a more more benign use -- in fact it’s a great, fascinating, time-killing site called Art Project, in which major museums around the world have chosen artworks to be photographed so you can zoom in and see any section in extraordinary close-up. For what it’s worth, the technology is gigapixel, with each image containing 7 billion pixels; what that means in real life is that you can see the brushwork, highlights and cracking paint in any tiny section of some amazing works.

On DVD: Never Let Me Go, 2010's Most Underappreciated Film

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  • February 1, 2011 2:00 AM
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Months ago, by sheer coincidence, I saw Never Let Me Go and Black Swan at back-to-back screenings – a lot of intensity for one day. (And between Keira Knightley and Natalie Portman the most anorexic-looking double bill ever, but that’s another story.) I left the screening room thinking it would be a great fall movie season and that both films would be in the mix for awards – so I was only half right.

Oscars: It’s All Over But The Singing

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  • January 31, 2011 4:33 AM
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There could be some surprise winners at the Oscars – that’s why they’re called surprises – but over the weekend the major categories became so boringly predictable that the biggest mystery is whether James Franco and Anne Hathaway can unsettle the stodgy show as hosts. Don’t count on surprises there either.

How The Social Network Lost Its Snark: Watch Zuckerberg's SNL Cameo

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  • January 30, 2011 2:00 AM
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Remember when The Social Network came out and the Mark Zuckerberg character seemed like a possible genius but a definite jerk? The film has an edge, but you wouldn't know it from the bouquets Zuckerberg and the filmmakers have been throwing at each other -- the better for the movie to campaign during awards season and for Zuckerberg to do damage control.
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