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    UWFF 2013 Review: 'Magic City' - A Poignant Coming-of-age Tale Where Girls Take Center Stage

    Summertime. Kids. Dead Body. The hood. This sounds familiar, but this tale is unlike what you’ve seen. The Magic City is a gritty, poignant but still hopeful coming-of-age tale in Miami’s Liberty City where girls take center stage.

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    Walt Disney and Jim Henson: So similar, so different

    Brian Jay Jones' towering new tome, Jim Henson: The Biography, released this past week. It offers the first and most comprehensive portrait of a man who is one of the most important figures in popular culture of the latter part of the 20th century. While reading the book (which despite its length, i...

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    Review Roundup UPDATE: Critics Praise Epic Shakespeare Series 'The Hollow Crown,' Kicking Off September 20 (TRAILER)

    Enthusiasts of the Bard, take note. "The Hollow Crown," the Sam Mendes-produced BBC series of four Shakespeare adaptations, "Richard II," "Henry IV Part 1" and "Part 2," and "Henry V," begins its stateside airings tonight (September 20) on PBS. Critics have good things to say about the ambitious end...

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    Off to Re-See 'The Wizard'

    Does 'The Wizard of Oz's IMAX 3D reissue add new depth to a beloved favorite? Or is the true test of a classic how it withstands changes made to lure new audiences in?

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    Review: 'Prisoners' Starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Terrence Howard & More

    Director Denis Villeneuve and actor Jake Gyllenhaal are on a roll. They recently debuted terrific psychological doppelganger thriller “Enemy” at the Toronto International Film Festival (review here), but first to hit theaters is their second collaboration, “Prisoners." Also playing Toronto, and maki...

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    Review: Shaka King's 'Newlyweeds' Is A labor of Love Definitely Worth Seeing (Now In Theaters)

    Newlyweeds, the debut feature of writer-director Shaka King, is many things. It is an intriguing new take on the stoner comedy, the romantic comedy, and one might even say the “black comedy.”

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    Review: Touching & Funny Pot Comedy 'Newlyweeds' Has A Big Heart

    Very few films about marijuana use are able to accurately capture that high, that blissful burst of pleasure that unites the primitive and enlightened sides of our identities. Often, they lean towards the former mindset as opposed to the latter, trafficking in dumb slapstick gags or jokes that play ...

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    Reviews: 'A Single Shot' Starring Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy, Jeffrey Wright & Jason Isaacs

    The main narrative surrounding the evolution of David M. Rosenthal’s “A Single Shot” has been about the longer-than-usual casting merry-go-round -- since 2009, a roster of talent as long as your arm has signed up then signed out of the film. However the fear that, as the accepted wisdom goes, there ...

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    Review: Lebanese Civil War Drama 'Zaytoun' Starring Stephen Dorff

    How affected you are by the closing scenes of "Zaytoun" may depend on your pre-existing knowledge of the Lebanese Civil War and the Israeli incursion in the country. Nothing’s spelled out in "Zaytoun" other than pointing out the date and location -- Beirut, 1982 -- but that would place the events de...

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    Rush

    Ron Howard has brought this story to life with unbridled energy, transforming each race into an adrenaline-charged vignette that could serve as a master class in staging and editing action scenes.

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