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    Young Adult: Early Reviews and Theron's Deliciously Narcissistic Anti-Hero

    "Young Adult," the lastest from director Jason Reitman ("Up in the Air") and screenwriter Diablo Cody ("Juno") is a rare black sheep. It plays like a dark indie comedy with attitude, but it stars Oscar-winner Charlize Theron, sidesteps convention and beats to its own dr...

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    "Young Adult" Isn't as Awkward As Jason Reitman Thinks

    Charlize Theron might not be her own worst critic, but she's certainly the most honest. Accepting a tribute at the Gotham Awards last week, she singled out Jason Reitman, director of "Young Adult." She didn't mince words: "Jason," she said, "thank you for letting me play such a bitch."

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    "A Different Image": Alile Sharon Larkin Retrospective (L.A. Rebellion Film Series)

    In Alile Sharon Larkin’s 1982 film A Different Image, main character Alana, played by Margot Saxton-Federella says to her male friend Vincent as she motions to her breasts and butt: “All they see is this and this. The rest is invisible.”

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    Sony Tries To Keep Review Lid on Fincher's Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    Sony is trying to contain critics who are itching to review David Fincher's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," which has an official review embargo date of December 13 in advance of its December 21 release. Studios use reviews as marketing fodder, and figure if they screen a film in ad...

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    Sleeping Beauty - written and directed by Julia Leigh

    Sleeping Beauty is a film that is very divisive.  After I saw it in Toronto I spoke with several different people, and some absolutely hated it and others thought it was brilliant.  Personally, I still really don't know what exactly to make of it.  I like that it is different.&nbs...

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    The Lady

    The Lady is opening today for one week in LA for an Oscar qualifying run. It will open early next year here in the US. The review below was written based on the version that was at the Toronto Film Festival. I have been told that they film is about 30 minutes shorter. I haven't seen the new ...

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    Joe Swanberg's CAITLIN PLAYS HERSELF defies expectations and categorization

    There’s not much nuance to the discussion around Joe Swanberg’s films. You either think the amazingly prolific director’s the second coming of Ingmar Bergman and the French New Wave or a sexist softcore sleazebag. No other member of the mumblecorps generates so much heat, even if Andrew Bujalski or ...

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    What to See, What to Skip: New Reviews This Week

    This week in theaters, film goers can finally see Michael Fassbender's much talked-about turn in the NC-17 rated "Shame." But Steve McQueen's acclaimed follow-up to "Hunger" isn't the only flick opening this weekend. Below see what else is coming out and decide what&#...

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    "Kinyarwanda" Shows the Good and Bad of Cinematic Therapy

    The Rwandan genocide is more than a backdrop for the ensemble drama "Kinyarwanda." It puts a face on the victims and their oppressors with an earnest desire to work though the country's demons -- if not attempting to expel them, then at least coming to terms with the human component on...

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