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Best of the Week: Peter Biskind's New Hollywood, The Beatles, Marquez & Kurosawa & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • July 19, 2014 2:44 PM
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9 Films to See in Theaters or Stream at Home This Weekend, From 'I Origins' to 'The Immigrant' (TRAILERS)

What will you be watching this weekend? Here are nine ideas.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 18, 2014 6:46 PM
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First Reviews of Woody Allen's 'Magic in the Moonlight' Spell a Minor Effort

With an embargo having been lifted at midnight, the first wave of reviews for Woody Allen’s “Magic in the Moonlight” are coming fast. At first blush, it seems to follow the pattern established by Woody Allen’s later years: a highly acclaimed effort ("Blue Jasmine," in this case) finds itself followed by a slightly pleasant, ultimately airy trip.
  • By Nick Newman
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  • July 18, 2014 3:18 PM
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Guillermo Del Toro's 'The Strain' Is Scary Fun, Surprisingly Smart (TRAILER)

The loathsome vampire morphology that horror auteur Guillermo del Toro has dreamed up for his breakneck television series The Strain (FX) could not be tweaked to create a YA romance. The Strain is not a tale of the supernatural but a science fiction story about encounters with a new parasitic species.
  • By David Chute
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  • July 15, 2014 11:46 AM
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Stream This: Ari Folman's Soaring, Ambitious 'The Congress,' Starring Robin Wright as Many Versions of Herself

At long last, Ari Folman's "The Congress," the Israeli auteur's half-animated followup to his fully animated "Waltz with Bashir" (2008), is available to stream. This electrifying fantasy about an actress (Robin Wright) who sells her soul to the studio system offers plenty of visual derring-do and optimism about the future of cinema -- despite being very anti-Hollywood.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 14, 2014 2:42 PM
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Best of the Week: The East-Meets-West Canon, Top 10 Box Office Takeaways, Mel Gibson Opens Up at Karlovy Vary & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • July 12, 2014 1:33 PM
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What to Watch in Theaters and on VOD This Weekend

What to see, or not to see? That is the question this weekend, from theaters to VOD and set-top streaming alternatives. Here's what we recommend.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 11, 2014 7:23 PM
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Best of the Week: Karlovy Vary Fest, Chats with Steve James and Richard Linklater, What Went Wrong with HBO's Leftovers' & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • July 5, 2014 2:20 PM
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Screen Talk 4: from Sublime Ebert Doc 'Life Itself' to McCarthy's Ridiculous 'Tammy'

In our fourth Screen Talk podcast, Indiewire critic Eric Kohn and I debate the (dubious) merits of Melissa McCarthy's "Tammy"--is it a bad studio movie or a bad indie movie?--and admire the virtues of Steve James' end-of-life documentary about critic Roger Ebert, "Life Itself."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 3, 2014 5:27 PM
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Five Things I Learned from 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' (REVIEW AND ROUNDUP, VIDEO)

Going into last week's Fox screening of 3D sequel "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," I was both eagerly anticipating and slightly skeptical.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 2, 2014 4:57 PM
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