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Review & Roundup: 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' Is Black, White and Flat All Over

Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez's "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" promises more sex, violence, shadows and noir-y intrigue. As for the notices so far? Well, let's just say that the critics aren't finding the color palette the only thing about the film that's monotone.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 21, 2014 2:24 PM
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Screen Talk: Remembering Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall, New Director/TV Paradigm, Festival Update, Emmys, Week's Picks

On this week's Screen Talk podcast (available on iTunes), Indiewire critic Eric Kohn and I remember Lauren Bacall and Robin Williams, look at the new director paradigm on television pioneered by Cary Fukunaga and Steven Soderbergh in "True Detective" and "The Knick," respectively, talk "Outlander" and Emmys, latest festival news and make our picks of the week.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 15, 2014 1:36 PM
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Science Chases the Impossible in Todd Miller's Moving, Provocative Doc 'Dinosaur 13' (TRAILER)

One of the most impressive things about “Dinosaur 13," Todd Miller’s moving documentary that premiered at Sundance and hits theaters August 15 from Lionsgate, is that it makes the audience realize -- and feel -- what it means to lose something incredibly important. A spouse? No. A child? Not quite.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 15, 2014 1:11 PM
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'Frank,' Starring Michael Fassbender Wearing a Giant Fake Head, Totally Rocks (TRAILER)

In Lenny Abrahamson’s lovely film ‘Frank,’ Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) is a would-be musician who works an office job by day. It’s possible he doesn’t have a lot of talent.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 14, 2014 6:42 PM
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'Legends': Twisty Sean Bean Spy Series from Producers of 'Homeland'

Sean Bean, shockingly rendered headless in the first season of "Game of Thrones," may be the strongest incarnation yet of the alienated espionage prodigy that has become the trademark of the show's auteur showrunner, "24"-veteran Howard Gordon.
  • By David Chute
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  • August 13, 2014 9:46 PM
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'Guardians of the Galaxy' Review and Round-Up: Another Marvel Monster

While Marvel offerings are prone to over-fueled first reviews when the junket types get clacking, James Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” is pulling in early raves.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 29, 2014 5:25 PM
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Emmy Watch: Learning to Love 'Game of Thrones'

The first time I quit "Game of Thrones," in the midst of the prolonged setup that plagued season one, it came as a relief.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • July 29, 2014 1:29 PM
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Lasse Hallström Strikes a Familiar Gong In First Reviews of 'The Hundred-Foot Journey'

By the first counts, Lasse Hallström’s "The Hundred-Foot Journey" is mildly enjoyable, enjoyably familiar clap trap that you won’t have the slightest thought on after exiting the theater — in short, a Lasse Hallström movie.
  • By Nick Newman
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  • July 26, 2014 2:55 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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