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    Review: 'Re:generation Music Project' Is A Joyous Dance-Along Celebration Of The Malleability Of Musical Genres

    In less capable hands, "Re:generation Music Project" would have felt much more like a hugely expensive commercial (it's being sponsored by the Hundai Veloster and the Grammys). It isn't entirely clear why Hundai and the Grammys are so keen on the project, although you have to assume they're at least...

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    Review: 'Thin Ice' With Greg Kinnear & Alan Arkin An Irritating, Shrill Comedy Devoid Of Laughs

    When the screenwriters of “Thin Ice” finally play their hand and reveal their film’s obvious twist ending, that dumb plot point almost eclipses all the other lousy things that came before it. But make no mistake, “Thin Ice” is nothing if not consistently lousy. Set in f...

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    BERLIN REVIEW: Ursula Meier's 'Sister' is a Bittersweet Crowdpleaser

    French-Swiss director Ursula Meier burst on the international film scene with her 2008 feature debut "Home," about a peculiar family living next to a highway. Her follow-up, "Sister," lacks the same conceptual ambition but consolidates her skill with a tightly assembled narrative...

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    AARON ARADILLAS: Loving LOVE STORY means never having to say you're sorry

    Watching "Love Story" today is like opening a time capsule you didn’t know had been buried. The movie is at times shocking, not because it’s bad (it’s actually surprisingly good), but because it is a movie unaware of the time and place where it is set.

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    Review and Recap -- 'Luck' Episode Three: Back to the Races

    Few people have written as well about the track as Bill Barich, whose first book, "Laughing in the Hills," became an instant classic, mainly because it was about the people of the track rather than the horses.

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    Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Tom Hardy In "This Means War" (On The Audience?)

    Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Tom Hardy – any one of them could carry a romance or an action movie alone. Put all three together and the results are at least three times worse. Or maybe it’s just that the director, McG, has misplaced the feel for slick, popcorn action that made Cha...

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    BERLIN REVIEW: Billy Bob Thornton's 'Jayne Mansfield's Car' Isn't As Terrible As It Looks

    BERLIN REVIEW: Billy Bob Thornton's 'Jayne Mansfield's Car' Isn't As Terrible As It Looks

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    Review: 'The Loving Story' An Eye-Opening Portrait Of Quiet Heroism In The Face Of Injustice

    At the movies, heroes often save the day, get the girl and say all the best lines, but in real life, that's rarely the case. For Richard and Mildred Loving it was their quiet resolve, and the simple motivation that they were stuck in an unfair and injust situation, that saw them battle for years to ...

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    Berlin Fest Reviews: From Period Opener 'Farewell My Queen' to Demented Nazis on the Moon

    The Berlin Film Festival got off to a more than respectable start with “Farewell My Queen,” Benoit Jacquot’s smart, elegantly mounted costume drama about the court of Versailles as it’s about to be swept away by the French revolution.

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    Berlinale 2012 Review: Reverence Outweighs Insight In Kevin Macdonald's 2 1/2 Hour 'Marley' Documentary

    A long film detailing a tragically short life, on paper, Kevin MacDonald's Bob Marley documentary "Marley" has more than enough of a pedigree to justify its 2 1/2 hour running time. After all, it's a biopic of one of the most influential and evergreen musical pioneers of all time, being brought to u...

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