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'Les Miserables' Screens, EW's Interview with Hathaway and Jackman [Video]

Reviews are embargoed for Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables," but some tweets have hit the internet, promising some spectacular performances and indicating a likelihood of audience tears. IndieWire has gathered several tweets, including our own, here.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • November 26, 2012 7:26 AM
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Weekend Preview: Give Thanks for 'Rust and Bone' & 'Life of Pi;' Plus 'Hitchcock,' 'Central Park Five' & 'Rise of the Guardians'

This holiday weekend there are multiple films to enjoy and one for almost everyone's taste. "Hitchcock" is an historical comedy/drama for cinephile nerds featuring the beloved Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren; "Life of Pi" is Ang Lee's epic adaptation of Yann Martel's survival novel, and "Rust and Bone" is Jacques Audiard's powerful and gritty melodrama starring Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts. "The Central Park Five" will please doc fans, and for the youngsters there's "Rise of the Guardians."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 21, 2012 4:27 PM
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'Life of Pi' Review: Ang Lee's Gorgeous Adaptation is Stunning 3-D Triumph

Is it possible for a wild animal to love a human being? And vice versa? At a time in the world when religion can be so devisive, Martel's story of a Hindu/Christian/Muslim who is the sole human survivor of an ocean shipwreck reminds that film can both heal and inspire. But it is also a stunning technological triumph.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 21, 2012 12:53 PM
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Review Roundup: 'Inventing David Geffen' Takes a Long, Respectful Look at a Hollywood Mega-Mogul

Susan Lacy's documentary "Inventing David Geffen," which premieres November 20 on PBS as part of the "American Masters" series, is generally sitting well with the critics. The portrait of the intimidating "agent-manager-record-mogul-movie-mogul" is a comprehensive look at Geffen's many achievements, if a fairly rose-colored one...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 20, 2012 1:56 PM
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Oscar Watch: Hear 'Paul Williams Still Alive' Original Song (TRAILER)

Paul Williams' original song "Still Alive" from Stephen Kessler's new documentary "Paul Williams Still Alive" will touch any artist, especially someone past their prime. The movie and the song address Williams' past glories, which are gone, and the fantasy of chasing your dreams vs. the reality of living with day-to-day happiness.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 19, 2012 1:25 PM
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Things I Learned at the Kubrick LACMA Exhibit, from Weegee to NASA Technology

Give yourself plenty of time to check out the Stanley Kubrick exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It's huge. And it rewards drilling into the details. There's a room devoted to each film, and they wouldn't let me take pictures (although @BrettRatner managed to sneak a few on Twitter). My appointment for the exhibit was set for 5:30 PM, with the museum set to close at 7 PM. I had barely started "2001: A Space Odyssey" with its giant gimble and 38-ton centrifuge created by space engineers when they announced the museum was about to close.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 18, 2012 7:51 PM
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Weekend Preview: Must-See 'Silver Linings Playbook,' Wright & Knightley's Beautifully Mounted 'Anna Karenina'

The Oscar race is about to get real now that David O. Russell's crowd pleaser "Silver Linings Playbook" is hitting theaters. The satisfying film stars Bradley Cooper at his all-time best and Jennifer Lawrence on form. Joe Wright's "Anna Karenina" has proved more devisive among critics, who praise the lavish costumes and cleverly theatrical set, but also cite a lack of chemistry and depth from the leading players.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 16, 2012 6:54 PM
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Sam Rockwell Break Dances and Other Absurdities at NYC 24-Hour Play Festival

  • By Maggie Lange
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  • November 15, 2012 5:25 AM
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Now and Then: 'Lincoln,' the Movies, and Historical Accuracy

"Lincoln" is no dour disquisition, no romance of an imagined past, but a heroic, even thrilling drama of compromise and chicanery in the midst of the Civil War. Indeed, it resolves one of the medium's oldest conundrums: "Lincoln" is that rare thing, good history and great cinema at once.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • November 13, 2012 1:28 PM
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RIP Film Critic Elliott Stein

When I worked at my first journalism gig as associate editor at Film Comment Magazine back in the 80s, Elliott Stein was one of my favorite regular contributors. He was erudite about world cinema, an omnivorous global cinephile and historian who knew more about Asian cinema than anyone I knew.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 9, 2012 8:28 PM
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