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Now and Then: 'Haywire,' 'Bourne' Trilogy Prove That Style Is Substance

Steven Soderbergh is a tough guy to peg. He made his name with a densely talkative indie about orgasms ("sex, lies, and videotape"), and in 22 films since has tackled everything from classy capers ("Out of Sight, the "Ocean's" trilogy) to the biopic of an iconic revolutionary ("Che"). But one thing is clear: the man's got style.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • May 7, 2012 6:06 AM
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BBC's 'I Claudius' The Accidental Emperor on DVD

Rome and its emperors are with us still. What are the "Hunger Games" but a modern version of the gladiator fights-to-the-death with which the emperors pacified unruly citizens? There is a lot of killing in the brilliant 1976 BBC miniseries “I Claudius,” newly remastered with a sharper look, and released on DVD by Acorn Media.
  • By Aljean Harmetz
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  • May 1, 2012 12:25 PM
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Now and Then: On Film, America's Culture of Violence

The most terrifying 80 minutes I've spent in my career as a film critic were those spent watching "Elephant," in which even the rhythmic click-click-click of photographic negatives being shaken in chemicals brought me the edge of what I can bear.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • May 1, 2012 6:14 AM
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Tribeca 2012 Wrap, Must-Sees and Avoids: 'War Witch,' 'Una Noche,' 'Francophrenia' Come Out on Top; 'Lola' on Bottom

Tribeca 2012 is over. Here's my list of what was memorable out of this year's programme --and not. RECOMMENDED
  • By David D'Arcy
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  • April 30, 2012 4:27 PM
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'Mad Men' Episode 7 Review and Recap: 'At the Codfish Ball,' Where the Shirley Temples Are Hard to Swallow

"So, how was the city?" "Dirty."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 30, 2012 5:11 AM
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Tribeca Fest: Controversial Art Doc 'Portrait of Wally,' Audience Award Winners

Andrew Shea's art doc 'Portrait of Wally,' which documents the tug-of-war surrounding a controversial Egon Schiele painting, played at Tribeca Saturday night, and earned some strong early reviews: Variety:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 29, 2012 3:15 PM
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Best of TOH Weekly Wrap: CinemaCon, Tribeca, San Francisco, Reviews, Interviews, In the Works and More

Weekend Preview: What to watch from "Raven" to "Five-Year Engagement" to "Elles."
  • By TOH!
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  • April 27, 2012 7:44 PM
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Weekend Preview: From 'Raven' and 'Five-Year Engagement' to 'Headhunters' and 'Elles'

Among the many new releases this week, the Edgar Allen Poe inspired "The Raven" and NC-17 French exploration of female sexuality, "Elles," have the steepest climb in the eyes of the critics, sitting at 19% and 25% on the Tomatometer, respectively...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 27, 2012 12:20 PM
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Review: Cusack and McTeigue's 'The Raven' Does Not Live Up to Literary Promise

Since his ‘90s heyday, John Cusack has seemed plagued by a never-ending struggle to find roles that fit his watchable talents with anything resembling snugness. Where he once made funky-weird blockbusters like "Con Air," bringing his patented brand of wry, whip-smart detachment to the outlandishness unfolding before his eyes,..
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • April 26, 2012 9:15 PM
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Tribeca Review: Shouted, Not Stirred: The Imperturbable James Franco

James Franco is inescapable. The actor/writer/student/etc. is to movies what the recently deceased NY Met Gary Carter was to paid endorsements. He’s everywhere.
  • By David D'Arcy
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  • April 25, 2012 3:05 PM
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