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VIDEO ESSAY: Ninja Turtles: Generation Y in a Half Shell

“Ugh. Where do they come up with this stuff?” groans a frustrated Raphael, the brooding, red-bandana-wearing member of the Ninja Turtles, whilst walking out of a New York movie theater that’s playing the 1980s creature feature "Critters."
  • By Nelson Carvajal
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  • July 30, 2012 10:56 AM
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The Unbearable Sadness of THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

"The Amazing Spider-Man" is shockingly terrible, a glorified cartoon with black skies and a black heart. Everyone dies, or is sad about someone dying, or will surely die in the sadly inevitable sequel.
  • By Paul Meekin
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  • July 27, 2012 12:36 PM
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Ten Bollywood Memories I'll Take With Me To My Grave

If you’re like most Americans, your first exposure to Bollywood cinema was almost assuredly via the opening scene of Terry Zwigoff’s "Ghost World."
  • By Gary Sullivan
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  • July 27, 2012 9:26 AM
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SIMON SAYS: WILLIAM FRIEDKIN ON VIOLENCE, HUMOR, AND IDENTITY

"Human nature is violent," William Friedkin tells me, going on to say that he also likes Immanuel Kant's phrase "the crooked timber of humanity." As an artist, Friedkin is as blunt, matter-of-fact and masterfully cynical as his initial statement suggests.
  • By Simon Abrams
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  • July 26, 2012 9:54 AM
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BEAVER'S LODGE: THE PROFESSIONALS (1966)

There was a time when a certain kind of adventure film was popular. The 1960s were its heyday. Sometimes they were realistic, or even drawn from real life. Sometimes they were fanciful. But almost always they were intelligent and enormously entertaining. I haven't seen a new example of that kind of film in 30 or 40 years.
  • By Jim Beaver
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  • July 25, 2012 12:08 AM
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THE NEWSROOM RECAP 5: AMEN

It’s amazing that a man, and the show that celebrates him, can recognize any news when they spot it, given how much time Will and "The Newsroom" spend in a self-regarding set of funhouse mirrors that seem to reflect only the most flattering version of Will back to him.
  • By Alyssa Rosenberg
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  • July 23, 2012 8:56 AM
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BREAKING BAD RECAP 2: MADRIGAL

The most striking aspect of tonight’s episode was our introduction to German mega-company Madrigal Elektromoteren (and, of course, the short-order introduction and elimination of suit Herr Schuler, who was clearly complicit in the late Mr. Fring’s meth empire, though we don’t quite know yet to what degree).
  • By Dave Bunting, Jr.
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  • July 22, 2012 10:55 PM
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FALLING SKIES RECAP 6: MOLON LABE

Here's where we start to hope. Here's where we begin fervently, passionately hoping that two outstanding back-to-back episodes of "Falling Skies" make a trend, possibly the shape of things to come.
  • By Deborah Lipp
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  • July 22, 2012 9:55 PM
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Old Man, Look at My Life: On NEIL YOUNG JOURNEYS

In 1971, Neil Young played two triumphant homecoming concerts at Toronto's Massey Hall. He was twenty-six years old, a formidable talent.
  • By Violet LeVoit
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  • July 20, 2012 11:34 AM
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Ten Uniquely Horribly Brilliantly Wonderful Music Movies

I strongly believe that if Georges Méliès were alive and had a song in his heart, one of his films would be on this list.
  • By Ian Grey
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  • July 20, 2012 10:01 AM
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  • 3 Comments

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