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Review: '11-11-11' Is A Well-Intentioned, But Poorly-Made Horror Throwback

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 11, 2011 11:00 AM
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Review: 'Pete Smalls Is Dead' A Caper Comedy That Doesn't Quite Cut It

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 11, 2011 10:00 AM
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Review: 'Immortals' Makes For Thrilling Art Installation, Not So Much A Movie

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 10, 2011 7:04 PM
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  • 3 Comments

Review: 'Jack And Jill' Plays Like A Telemundo Show From Hell

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 10, 2011 4:34 PM
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  • 4 Comments

Review: 'Father of Invention' A Mere Fabrication Of A Better Film

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • November 4, 2011 1:02 AM
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Review: 'Son Of No One' Suggests 'I Know What You Did Last Summer' As Written By Dennis Lehane

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 3, 2011 9:30 AM
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In the relatively ridiculous new procedural/mystery "Son of No One," Channing Tatum, as a mustachioed police officer married to Katie Holmes (and looking after an epileptic daughter), is sent taunting letters and anonymous text messages alluding to a violent incident from his past. (The movie is set way back in 2002 which is why he doesn't receive cryptic emails too. Because no one used email in 2002 apparently). You can tell how terribly we're supposed to take the threats because of all the shaky shots of Tatum flipping open his ancient cell phone, the scenes shot in sickly shades of blue and green. Except that instead of coming across as suspenseful or menacing, it's just silly and laughable, like something out of a teen slasher movie or ABC Family series, lacking anything approximating weight or gravitas.

Review: 'Crime After Crime' Is A Haunting Portrait Of A Domestic Violence Victim Behind Bars

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • November 3, 2011 8:01 AM
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So, um guys, the OWN Documentary Club is kicking ass in its film selections. We know OWN is the channel your mom watches, but the documentaries it features are excellent films that have received festival runs, critical acclaim, and can't be seen on a large national stage anywhere else. It’s a great outlet for those documentary films that contain years of work by the filmmakers and don’t see the kind of distribution they deserve. The access alone is one reason why the OWN Documentary Club is worth the while-- any distribution for documentaries is needed-- but also because they’ve sported some home run choices in their selections. The woman knows how to pick good stuff after all, and “Crime After Crime,” funded in part by the Sundance Documentary Film Program, is another bases loaded, out of the park hit for documentary fans. Following the years-long appeal to release the illegally incarcerated Deborah Peagler from her 25 to life sentence, the film is a devastating portrait of the power of the human spirit, and a searing indictment of the broken criminal justice system that will leave audiences in a puddle on the floor.

Point-Counter-Point Review: 'A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas' A Funny 3D Blast Or A Lazy Gimmick?

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 3, 2011 6:52 AM
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The unlikely third chapter in a highly unlikely franchise, "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas," sees our favorite multi-culti stoner duo of Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) taking on the merry yuletide spirit as only they could. And in a weird way, it makes perfect sense to pair the boys with Christmas, since for all their bad-ass, pan-Asian Cheech and Chong vibe, the 'Harold & Kumar' movies (2004's "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" and 2008's "Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay") have largely been sweet fables about the power of friendship and not the outrageous shock-fests they masquerade as. The third film is even sweeter, with a message about the importance of family and very few gags that anyone with a middle school education would consider taboo.

Review: 'Marathon Boy' A Shocking, Unbelievable & Fascinating Tale Of A Slumdog Runner

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 2, 2011 11:08 AM
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When we sat down to watch this documentary, we had some chips and a tall glass of Coke at the ready, but when it was revealed early on that Budhia Singh -- the tiny, former slumdog dweller turned runner -- has completed 48 full marathons by the time he was four years old, we promptly wiped the crumbs off our shirt and closed up the bag of salty snacks. And then we promised to hit the gym more often. But even that minor fact is just a small part of the utterly riveting and true tale spun by director Gemma Atwal in "Marathon Boy," a film that starts off masquerading as your standard uplifting sports movie and then goes in directions you never see coming.

Review: 'Killing Bono' Is A Charmingly Low-Rent Rock 'n' roll Comedy

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 2, 2011 3:31 AM
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"Killing Bono," with its suggestive title and darkish, "Taxi Driver"-esque opening sequence, begins with a man (Ben Barnes), complete with twisty goatee and greasy hair tumbling down his forehead, grumbling to himself about how he was robbed of fame. Instead of himself, he explains, to no one in particular, some schoolmates have risen to become international pop sensations. This, as the grumbling suggests, does not sit well with him. He sees a swarm of people and grinds his car to a halt. When he opens the door, he points a gun at a man (Martin McCann) being swarmed – he's wearing bug-eyed sunglasses and has a sharp bob of dark hair. It's the titular rock star. And as the screen goes black, we hear a gunshot…or maybe it's just a camera snapping…

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