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    Review: 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' Provides Worthwhile Thrills In A Disappointingly Unimaginative Package

    “Mission: Impossible” is that rarest of franchises, where it seems unnecessary, or even irrelevant, to compare one installment to another. Because each film was shepherded into existence by a different filmmaker, and in all cases by one branded an “auteur,” they all seem...

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    The Best Way To Enjoy 'W.E'? A Madonna Vanity Project.

    "W.E." is less outright bad than underwhelming; if the director were unknown, it would hardly deserve notice. Like her first film, the 2008 "Filth and Wisdom," it suffers from countless storytelling flaws. But where her debut was a bizarre low-budget and blatantly amateur British...

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    African Diaspora Film Fest Review - "The Story Of Lovers Rock" Educates And Inspires

    I'll be posting some quickie reviews of films screening at the ongoing African Diaspora Film Festival here in New York City... starting with Menelik Shabazz's The Story Of Lovers Rock, which opened the festival, but is also currently on a 1-week run at Quad Cinemas in lower Manhattan, though...

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    Review: 'I Melt With You' Is An Intensely Familiar Look At Male Midlife Crisis

    If an alien race were to study our cinema, they’d realize that every man beyond the age of 40 is unhappy and suffering a mid-life crisis. For every happy, well-adjusted middle-aged man in contemporary cinema, there are three more, casually living life out of a suitcase, a bottle, or underneath...

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    The Political Relevance of "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"

    What does Tomas Alfredson's bleak, engrossing new adaptation of John Le Carre's 1970s Cold War classic "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" have to say about our own current political landscape? Thankfully, the answer is not an obvious one. Unlike such political films as George Clooney&#...

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    Concrete Jungles: Doc Short Reimagines the High Rise

    “One Millionth Tower” is a visually spectacular Web documentary by Canadian filmmaker Katerina Cizek that reimagines the fate of the dilapidating modern high-rise, a building form that houses over a billion people worldwide.   The six and a half minute short concentrates on a T...

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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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    Review: Charlize Theron Shines In The Unflinchingly Funny & Painful 'Young Adult'

    Review: Charlize Theron Shines In The Unflinchingly Funny & Painful 'Young Adult'

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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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