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    Charlie Bucket and Veruca Salt! The "Willy Wonka" Stars Talk for the Film's 40th Anniversary

    This year marks the 40th anniversary of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” possibly the finest children's film of the 20th century. Based on the children's book by Roald Dahl and directed by Mel Stuart, it's the story of a young boy named Charlie (Peter Ostrum) who...

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    REVIEW | Post-Cult Trauma Explored in Haunting "Martha Marcy May Marlene"

    Appearing fragile and terrified from her first scene until her last, Elizabeth Olsen brings an alarming quality to writer-director Sean Durkin's quietly unsettling "Martha Marcy May Marlene." Durkin focuses on alienated young Martha during the immediate aftermath of her decision to escape a cult in...

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    Adventures of Tintin Early Reviews are Mixed: Delightful, Dazzling, CG Wizardry, Vidgame Action

    Despite his stellar review, TOH! London critic Matt Mueller says there are a few drawbacks to Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson's The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. An "almost bombastically annoying" John Williams score, for one, creepy close-ups of Tintin are thankf...

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    REVIEW | Aki Kaurismaki's "Le Havre" Is a Deadpan Delight

    With its bouncy soundtrack, deadpan humor and good-natured disposition, Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki's "Le Havre" is an endearing affair. Combining his clownish storytelling with a life-affirming plot, Kaurismaki churns a fundamental scenario through his own unique narrative tendencies, yielding ...

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    REVIEW | "Being Elmo" Studies Master of Puppets Kevin Clash

    As the simplest member of the "Sesame Street" legacy, Elmo also has the greatest lasting appeal. His childlike naivete and untroubled worldview catapulted the furry red muppet to instant fame in the 1980s, when upstart puppeteer Kevin Clash gave the character his defining traits. The subject of "Bei...

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    Review: Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin: Secret Of The Unicorn

    Our London film critic Matt Mueller reviews The Adventures Of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, which left him out of breath. The film opens overseas starting on October 26; you'll have to wait until December 21 stateside.

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    HAMPTONS REVIEW | "Rum Diary," Johnny Depp's Homage to Hunter S. Thompson, is Flawed But Earnest

    "Vividly average" is the term used to describe the Puerto Rican readership of a raggedy newspaper in "The Rum Diary," Bruce Robinson's adaptation of the early Hunter S. Thompson novel. It could also describe the resulting movie. Depp coaxed Robinson out of retirement to write and direct "The Rum Di...

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    Footloose—movie review

    Does the world really need a remake of Footloose? I would answer no, but I must also admit that the new movie is innocuous and pleasant-enough to watch. Writer-director Craig Brewer, who made the disarming Hustle & Flow, has taken Dean Pitchford’s 1984 screenplay and layered onto i...

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