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    Weekend Preview: A Good Time to Skip 'Die Hard,' Decent 'Beautiful Creatures,' Say Yes to 'No' and More

    This weekend at the movies things break down clearly: The new "Die Hard" installment and the latest Nicholas Sparks milktoast, "Safe Haven," are generating execrable reviews, while foreign titles "No," Chile's Oscar nominee starring Gael Garcia Bernal, and Abbas Kiarostami's mysterious romance "Like...

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    PAFF 2013 Review: 'Slavery By Another Name' (Powerful, Eye-Opening Account Of *Lost* American History)

    Screening at the ongoing Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, now in the latter half of this year's run, with 3 days to go...

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    Bulgaria Year Zero: "Sofia Last Ambulance" Careens into U.S.

    I can't heap enough praise on "Sofia's Last Ambulance," a Cannes 2012 prize-winner that's having its U.S. premiere tonight as part of MoMA's Documentary Fortnight program. Combining a refreshing formal inventiveness with a searing sense of post-Communist malaise, the fil...

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    Review: Oscar-Nominated 'No,' Starring Gael Garcia Bernal, Sells the Potent Link Between Pop and Politics

    Hotshot ad man René Saavedra (Gael García Bernal) pitches three different ads throughout the course of Pablo Larraín’s 1988 Chile-set “No,” and for each he has the same opening line: “What you’re going to see now is in line with the current social context. We believe that the country is prepared for...

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    A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD

    When I described Sylvester Stallone’s "Bullet to the Head" as cartoonish, I hadn’t seen "A Good Day to Die Hard." This fifth go-round for the Bruce Willis action series makes the Stallone picture seem positively Shakespearean! To be fair to action junkies I should say that if you like watching thing...

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    NO

    An Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film this year, Pablo Larrain’s No is a persuasive docudrama that chronicles the efforts to unseat Chile’s dictator Augusto Pinochet in 1988.

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    BEAUTIFUL CREATURES

    If you want to attract a young audience with a love story these days, it seems you have to make the leading characters zombies or vampires or anything but the boy and girl next door. That’s the case with "Beautiful Creatures," although I don’t see how that title applies to the film in question,

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    PAFF 2013 Review: Unconventional Dark Romance 'Apartment 4E' Anchored By Challenging, Compelling Performances

    Screening at the ongoing Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, now in the latter half of this year's run, is Russell Sharman’s micro-budget indie Apartment 4E (previously titled Small Of Her Back) - a two-character dark romance about Piper (Nicole Beh...

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    Review: 'Saving Lincoln' A Shoddily Assembled Biopic With Special Effects That Distract Instead Of Enhance

    Sports fans are familiar with that common, irrational howl: the too-invested fan who screams towards the field or at the screen, veins bulging in their forehead prompted by too much lubrication. How could you call that play? Why are you substituting the righthander from the bullpen? Do you not under...

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    Review: ‘The Jeffrey Dahmer Files’ Is An Uneasy, Largely Unsuccessful Mixture of Fact And Fiction

    The title of the new true crime documentary “The Jeffrey Dahmer Files” is evocative and provocative. It suggests a couple of things, too. One, the word ‘Files’ insinuates that this is going to be a probing documentary, something that reaches into the storied history of one of America’s most infamous...

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