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    REVIEW | Paul Rudd Outshines Mediocrity in "Our Idiot Brother"

    Hiding behind a shaggy beard and a stoner grin, Paul Rudd plays an amusingly oblivious shlub in "Our Idiot Brother," but the movie can't keep up with his comic inspiration. Rudd portrays Ned Rochlin, a happy-go-luck organic farmer abruptly busted for selling pot to a police officer. Kicked out of his home by his moody ex-girlfriend (Kathryn Hahn), Ned loses possession of his faithful dog and winds up crashing at his mom's house. There, he seeks help from his three sisters, played by Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer. Director Jesse Peretz guides them through an innocuous, mostly unmemorable series of events in which Ned intr...

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    Critic's Notebook | Skip "Conan" This Weekend and Invest in These Male Anti-Heroes Instead.

    The male libido is a Hollywood fixation. Testosterone-fueled fantasies have been a selling point for as long as the medium has been around, stretching back to Thomas Edison's 1894 kinetoscope short featuring Prussian bodybuilder Freidrich Wilhelm Müller, in which the muscleman struck a number of pos...

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    Conan The Barbarian—movie review

    Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the movies, they’re resurrecting concepts and entire films from the 1980s like Footloose (so help me) and Conan the Barbarian, based on Robert E. Howard’s pulp magazine hero. Beefy Jason Momoa steps into Arnold Schwarzenegger’...

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    One Day—movie review

    Sometimes, a successful play or a popular book—even a comic book—has qualities that just don’t transfer to the screen. One Day is based on a best-selling novel, and the producers hired its author, David Nicholls, to write the screenplay, since he’s had plenty of exper...

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    Amigo—movie review

    Amigo ought to be a great film: the subject is fascinating and still resonates today, even though it takes place over a hundred years ago. The Philippine-American war has been pretty much ignored, by textbook authors as well as moviemakers (but for the 1937 Hollywood movie The Real Glory). A...

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

    This week, everything from a beefed up barbarian to a faux-British Anne Hathaway hit your screens today. Not sure of what's worth your hard earned money? Check out the reviews published this week on indieWIRE and our blog network to get a better idea.

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    REVIEW | "The Tiniest Place" Brilliantly Transports Past Salvadoran Tragedies Into the Present

    "Someone wanted us to vanish," says one of the several survivors in "The Tiniest Place," a chilling look at the trauma of past oppression haunting its victims in the present. Director Tatiana Huezo, making her feature-length debut, interviews the residents of a small village called Cinquera buried i...

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    Critical Consensus: "Last Circus" Tops Weak Week on criticWIRE

    Spanish director Álex de la Iglesia's "The Last Circus" hits theaters this weekend via the Magnolia Pictures, and it's the pick of the week, according to the folks polled on criticWIRE.

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    REVIEW | Anne Hathaway's Fake Accent Isn't the Only Thing Wrong With "One Day"

    Anne Hathaway's faux British accent might be the first obvious conceit in "One Day," but not its most cumbersome. That distinction belongs to the eponymous structure, a claustrophobic device that follows a pair of best friends over the course of a 22-year period, but only on many versions of July 15...

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    REVIEW | Why "Amigo" is a Blueprint for the Work of John Sayles

    From the structure of his screenplays to the fluidity of his working-class themes, the cinema of John Sayles is always clean. Unfortunately, that assessment doesn't always apply to the quality of his work. Over some 30 years as writer-director-editor, his insistence on creative autonomy on most proj...

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