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Now and Then: The Best of the Year So Far

The dog days of summer are here, and for moviegoers that usually means an August lull between tentpole extravaganzas and festival fodder, a chance to reflect on the year so far...
  • By Matthew Brennan
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  • August 7, 2012 6:28 PM
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Review: Gilroy's 'The Bourne Legacy' Delivers, Thanks to Renner

I was looking forward to "The Bourne Legacy" more than most studio sequels that have lost their signature director and star. That's because Universal turned to writer-director Tony Gilroy to reinvent the "Bourne" franchise without Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon, who became a movie star playing the title character originated by Robert Ludlum.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 6, 2012 1:40 PM
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Early Review: Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master' Is Visually Dazzling in 70mm, Enigmatic, Certain to Polarize

On August 3 at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, moviegoers were treated to a surprise screening of Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" in stunning 70mm. Anderson and wife Maya Rudolph were both in attendance.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 4, 2012 3:52 PM
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Best Films Directed by Women, Reaching Consensus

While we pore over the latest Sight & Sound film critics poll of the Top 50 Movies of all time, it's not surprising that most of the films are directed by men. The notable exception is Chantal Akerman's "Jeanne Dielman," which I saw in college but barely remember. On the other hand, I recall every frame of Maya Deren's "Meshes in the Afternoon." The poll, as many have commented, is dominated by older films, most of them pre-1960, a time when few women were directing, unless they were Ida Lupino, Dorothy Arzner or Leni Reifenstahl, who did not make the S & S list.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 3, 2012 4:06 PM
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Weekend Preview: 'Total Recall' a Noisy, Shallow, Costly Misfire

For a reported budget of $200 million, you'd think that if nothing else "Total Recall" would be visually dazzling. Sadly, Len Wiseman's futuristic universe lacks believable depth and texture, and the actors are stuck with a truly uninspired script. A zero-gravity sequence is an exception to the otherwise incessant and forgettable action.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 2, 2012 1:58 PM
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Weekly Wrap: Venice and Toronto Announcements, 'Dark Knight Rises' Aftermath, Best Foreign Films of All Time & More

This week on TOH, we announced the much-anticipated lineups of the Toronto and Venice film festivals, looked at the opening weekend of "The Dark Knight Rises" and finally heard Michael Moore's take on the horrific Aurora shootings, conducted two Best Foreign Film polls and more.
  • By TOH!
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  • July 27, 2012 4:26 PM
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Now and Then: Raunchy 'Klown' and the Problem with Sex Comedies

Frank (Frank Hvam), the hapless protagonist of the funny but disappointingly diagrammatic Danish film "Klown," musters only one nugget of wisdom for his 12-year-old charge, Bo (Marcuz Jess Petersen). It's sage advice from a professional man-child to a burgeoning one: "When grown-ups are horny, they do terrible things to those they love."
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • July 24, 2012 6:30 AM
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Weekend Preview: There's More Than 'The Dark Knight Rises,' Including Must-See Doc 'Queen of Versailles'

Believe it or not, there's more than just the epic conclusion to Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy arriving in theaters this weekend. If you're not interested in (or, more likely, can't get tickets to) "The Dark Knight Rises," instead consider two great docs...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 19, 2012 3:45 PM
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Immersed in Movies: 'The Dark Knight Rises' from Inception

While other directors strive to ground their superhero movies with relatable characters, Christopher Nolan has achieved something greater with "The Dark Knight Rises": he wraps up his gritty Batman trilogy with an operatic flourish and a sublime catharsis, coming full circle back to "Batman Begins."
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 19, 2012 7:07 AM
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'Beasts of the Southern Wild': The View from New Orleans

  • By Matt Brennan
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  • July 18, 2012 9:20 PM
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