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    Lumet's 12 Angry Men a Classic, Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

    They’re talking about a switchblade. If the murder weapon in question is one of a kind, linking the young defendant to his father’s death, they can return a guilty sentence — and the mandatory capital punishment — in mere minutes. "But what if it isn’t?" Juror...

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    Review: 'The Artist' A Joyous, Big Hearted Tribute To Old School Moviemaking

    When The Weinstein Company announced before the kick off the Cannes Film Festival that they had picked up Michel Hazanavicius' "The Artist" it was certainly a surprise. Harvey and Bob laid down big bucks for a film that, in this age of CGI and 3D blockbuster pictures, seems like box of...

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    "Sankofa" Revisited (L.A. Rebellion Film Series)

    Sankofa is an Akan word meaning roughly, “We must go back and reclaim our past in order to move forward.” Haile Gerima’s cinematic rendering of this is perhaps one of his greatest filmmaking achievements. Screened this weekend as part of the UCLA L.A. Rebellion Film Series at ...

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    Forget 'The Muppets,' At Least For Now. See 'Being Elmo' First.

    For viewers committed to "The Muppets" on the basis of rediscovering their childhood memories, this movie is their drug. Others should consider a better gateway.

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

    Non-Twihards, don't fret. There's plenty opening this week to counter Edward and Bella's wedding.

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    Guest Post: Breaking Dawn: Part 1 High Heels, White Weddings, Broken Headboards, and Bella as Pregnant Martyr by Natalie Wilson

    While the first Twilight film was directed by a woman, all subsequent adaptations have had males at the helm. The first adaptation, directed by Catherine Hardwicke, featured a Bella that was stronger than her book counterpart. Alas, the subsequent films have not similarly strengthened Bella’s ...

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    Review: 'Toyland' Is A Cursory Look At A Billion Dollar Industry

    It's that time of year again. Parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters are flocking to shopping malls across the nation to pick up presents for loved ones, and no matter who you are, you likely have at least one stop to make at a toy store for somebody in your life. Each year it seems there a...

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    Catching Up: Brief Thoughts on Soderbergh's "Contagion."

    Catching Up: Brief Thoughts on Soderbergh's "Contagion."

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    Eastwood's "J. Edgar" takes few risks with its controversial subject

    You'd think Clint Eastwood would be the right guy to direct a movie about J. Edgar Hoover. After all, who better to tell the story of the 20th century's most influential law enforcement officer, the man who wrote the rule book on fighting crime only to disregard those rules when they prevented him f...

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    Review: 'The Muppets' Is Inspirational, Celebrational & One Of The Year's Best Films

    Watching "The Muppets," the Jason Segel-spearheaded effort to re-launch Jim Henson's furry friends and familiar faces into the new millennium after years of corporate tussling and fallow creative hibernation, I wasn't pulled in by having emblems of my youth shoved down my throat wi...

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