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The Two Jakes (Or Are They?). Gyllenhaal in 'Enemy'

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  • March 13, 2014 8:33 AM
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If you saw someone who looked exactly like you, how freaked out would you actually be? Enough so that music recalling Hitchcock films plays in the background? Would you leap to some wildly sinister conclusion or would you take a minute, calm down, and do something commonsensical, like have a serious question and answer session with your mom?

Catherine Deneuve and Many More in Rich, New "Rendez-Vous with French Cinema"

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  • March 7, 2014 12:16 AM
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On My Way, starring Catherine Deneuve as a divorced woman who runs away from home, has a playful, charming surface and emotional depth that sneaks up on you – which makes it the ideal choice to open "Rendez-Vous with French Cinema," the Film Society of Lincoln Center and UniFrance's annual program of new works.

'Non-Stop': Liam Neeson and Killers on a Plane (Review & '60 Mins.' Video)

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  • February 26, 2014 12:30 AM
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I will see Liam Neeson in anything, which doesn't mean I want to. So it was a relief to find that Non-Stop -- Taken meets Speed on a plane, with a dash of Agatha Christie -- was as breezily entertaining as a commercial action thriller is supposed to be.

A Valentine's Day Prank? Colin Farrell in 'Winter's Tale'

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  • February 14, 2014 9:59 AM
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A white winged horse soars across the New York skyline, reminding us of . . . the Tri-Star production logo? We aren't meant to be that distracted, but if a flying horse can't capture any magic you can imagine how thudding the rest of Winter's Tale is

Behind the Scenes with Wes Anderson's 'Fantastic Mr. Fox'

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  • February 12, 2014 8:59 AM
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Like no one else, Wes Anderson combines a sense of childhood – arrested childhood in The Royal Tenenbaums, actual kids in Moonrise Kingdom – with a sophisticated narrative and gloriously detailed visuals that might be dollhouses come to life. No wonder Fantastic Mr. Fox, (newly released by the Criterion Collection) may be his most enchanting film

Penn & Teller Conjure 'Tim's Vermeer'

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  • January 31, 2014 8:59 AM
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Did Vermeer paint by numbers? Tim Jenison, a software innovator with lots of time, imagination and money to throw around, has an idea that comes close to that. In Tim's Vermeer, the delightful new documentary narrated by Penn and directed by Teller, we watch as Jenison tries out his theory.

George Clooney Saves the World (Or At Least Art) in 'The Monuments Men'

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  • January 29, 2014 12:25 PM
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The Monuments Men begins with a captivating scene, set in Belgium during World War II. We see close-ups of a work of art -- van Eyck's oversized Ghent Altarpiece—hear banging, then see priests crate up the individual panels of the painting, put them in a truck in the dark of night and send it off for safekeeping.

Visceral, Tough, Apolitical: Mark Wahlberg in 'Lone Survivor'

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  • January 10, 2014 12:21 PM
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With its solid but conventional filmmaking, Lone Survivor looks like one more popcorn–action movie, this time about Navy SEALS on a mission. But as it puts viewers in the center of a fatal fight in Afghanistan, Peter Berg's fact-based story becomes something timely and deeply important.

For 'Downton' Obsessives: Dan Stevens in 'Summer in February'

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  • January 7, 2014 8:45 AM
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As I said in my review of Downton Abbey, Season 4, we all miss Matthew, and since Julian Fellowes has made it clear that the character is not coming back as a ghost, Summer in February is the closest we're likely to come to a post-death sighting.

BEST FILMS OF 2013

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  • December 20, 2013 12:35 AM
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I am absolutely certain about the top three films on this list. But the further down we go, the more absurd it seems to rank films as different as the Coen Brothers' wonderfully layered look at a struggling folk singer in the 60's and Martin Scorsese's bacchanalia of 80's excess.

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