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    Review: 'Miami Connection' Not A Rediscovered Schlock Classic, But Close

    To understand the hyperbole being tossed around when so-bad-it’s-good obsessives talk about “Miami Connection,” it’s vital to acknowledge that the best “bad” movies have a great making-of story. The current reigning champ of the lot remains Tommy Wiseau’s incomparable “The Room” (sorry “Birdemic” fa...

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    Review: 'The Central Park Five' Is An Informative, Infuriating Affirmation Of America's Racial Animus

    This is less of a traditional review, and more of a lament.

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    AFI FEST Review: 'Hitchcock' Sports a Fine Anthony Hopkins Performance, But Does It Downplay Hitch's Genius?

    "Hitchcock" takes place during the legendary production of "Psycho" in 1959, but it never shows a single frame of the movie itself.

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    VOD Review - '1/2 Revolution' (A Gripping Documentation Of The Egyptian Revolution)

    It's not been released on DVD or Blu-ray yet; but it's available on VOD platforms like iTunes, where I learned interested viewers can now both rent it ($4.99 in HD) or buy it ($19.99 also in HD).

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    Weekend Preview: Denzel Washington, Sean Penn, John C. Reilly, Tobey Maguire & More

    Check out the slate of films now in theaters, led by the Denzel Washington vehicle "Flight" from Robert Zemeckis. The crowd-pleaser and its beloved leading man will take you on quite a ride, while Sean Penn's strange Euroflick "This Must Be the Place," Disney's animated charmer "Wreck-It Ralph," RZA...

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    Review: Leos Carax's 'Holy Motors' Is Bonkers

    The word ‘bonkers’ was used with abandon along the Croisette when it came to describing Leos Carax’s fifth film (his first full-length feature since 1999’s "Pola X") and "Holy Motors"’ reception at the critics’ screening and official Competition unveiling was so enthusiastic...

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    Review: 'How Do You Write A Joe Schermann Song' A Rewarding, Crowd-Pleasing Indie Musical

    Discounting “The Muppets,” the movie musical has had a bit of a rough go as of late. Fans have a likely sumptuous, probably bloated "Les Misérables" to look forward to in December, a film that hopefully cleanses the palate of the disaster that was "Nine." Due to their grand scales and expensive pric...

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    Critic's Notebook: How 'The Man With the Iron Fists' Proves We No Longer Need 'Star Wars'

    At a screening hosted by the Museum of the Moving Image Thursday, rapper-turned-filmmaker RZA claimed his first inspiration came not from the martial arts movie but from watching "Star Wars." "I believed there was a galaxy far, far away where I could go," he says. "But instead, I went to Brooklyn."

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    DVD Review - HBO Latino's Brazilian Drama 'Filhos Do Carnaval' (2006)

    While it was still a pain in my backside, being stuck in the house during Hurricane Sandy did provide me with an opportunity to catch up on some long-overdue DVD viewing.  First up was the International Emmy-nominated TV series from Brazil, Filhos do Carnaval (Hijos del Carnaval), an HBO Latin ...

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    Can Denzel Washington Save Zemeckis' Bogus 'Flight'?

    From the vapid, saccharine Forrest Gump to the overwrought, improbable Flight, Robert Zemeckis has remained a master of manipulation. That Oscar for Gump? Flight’s closing night slot at this year’s New York Film Festival? Forget them and look at the films: emotionally pandering and ...

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