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Why Masterpiece Classic's 'Downton Abbey' Season 2 Was Such a Smash

A few months ago, who would have bet that 5.4 million people would watch the two-hour finale of the second season of Masterpiece Classic’s “Downton Abbey?”
  • By Aljean Harmetz
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  • February 28, 2012 1:41 AM
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Now and Then: Gay Biopics 'J. Edgar' and 'Milk' Reveal How History Is Made

"We must never forget our history," growls aging anti-Communist lion J. Edgar Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio) near the end of "J. Edgar." "We must never lower our guard." Here, Janus-like in their fusion and opposition, lay the film's two faces: To narrate the past and hopefully to redeem it.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • February 27, 2012 7:30 AM
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'The Walking Dead,' Episode 3 Review: What About the Women?

“The Walking Dead” made an attitude adjustment this week. The episode, written by Scott M. Gimple & Glenn Mazzara and directed quite beautifully by Ernest R. Dickerson, was all about Shane and Rick together.
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • February 26, 2012 11:59 PM
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Scorsese's List of 85 Films You Must See

During an interview, off the top of his head Martin Scorsese gave writer Rick Tetzeli a list of 85 must-see films that influenced him. Of course as an NYU Cinema Studies graduate and so-called film expert, I had to check my mettle against Scorsese.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 24, 2012 7:21 PM
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Sundance and SXSW Factual Thriller 'The Imposter' Goes to Indomnia; Reviews

The Indomina Group has picked up A&E IndieFilms' "The Imposter" for North American distribution. The Sundance entry is also set to play SXSW. Check out the synopsis for the factual thriller below. “Few documentaries are able to draw you in and keep you captivated in the way that 'The Imposter' does,” says Indomina's Jasbinder Singh Mann.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 21, 2012 5:03 PM
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'The Walking Dead' Review: Season Two, Episode Two -- 'Triggerfinger'

There was a lot of incident in this week’s episode of “Walking Dead” – a high zombie-count, several off-screen killings, an amputation – but not a whole lot of story. If anything, the narrative developments actually drive the series backwards.
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • February 20, 2012 1:02 AM
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Review and Recap -- 'Luck' Episode Four: Where's Bernstein?

“Luck is the residue of design.” Or is it? Whether or not Branch Rickey’s famous dictum – an appeal to reason and not the gods – is true lies at the heart of the fourth episode of Luck, written by staffer Jay Hovdey and directed by Philip Noyce (“Salt”).
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • February 19, 2012 11:02 PM
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Berlin Fest Review & Prize Round-up: 'A Royal Affair,' 'Tabu,' Thornton's 'Jayne Mansfield's Car'

Saturday the Berlin Film Festival dispensed its prizes, and the general mood pervading the air was that the docu-style feature “Caesar Must Die” by veteran Italian duo Paolo and Vittorio Taviani was a surprise Golden Bear winner in a weaker than usual Competition year.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • February 19, 2012 4:08 PM
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Berlin Review: 'Bel Ami' Stars Rob Pattinson as Sexy Seducer

It makes sense that Rob Pattinson would continue his attempts to broaden his fan base as the "Twilight" franchise nears its end. Starring in a new film adaptation of Guy de Maupassant’s 1885 novel advances that project: Playing an unscrupulous ex-soldier who makes his way up the ladder of Parisian society by seducing wives of powerful men.
  • By David Gritten
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  • February 16, 2012 8:54 PM
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Weekend Preview: Brutal & Heartbreaking Oscar Nominee 'Bullhead' Is Must-See

If you live in New York, Los Angeles or Austin, get yourself to a theater for "Bullhead" (it expands February 24). The Belgian film, nominated for a Best Foreign Language film Oscar, may not take home the big prize on February 26 ("A Separation" and "Monsieur Lazhar" are custom-made to the academy's taste), but the brutal, heartbreaking parable and gangster-neo-noir can count two wins already: rookie director Michael R. Roskam and star Matthias Schoenaerts.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 16, 2012 1:09 PM
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