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The Adjustment Bureau Early Reviews: Damon & Blunt Own It With Heart-Fluttering Chemistry

The Adjustment Bureau Early Reviews: Damon & Blunt Own It With Heart-Fluttering Chemistry
Hollywood has a good track record when it comes to adapting California sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick, who was praised by Adam Gopnik for his "mixture of mordant comedy and wild metaphysics."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 25, 2011 9:00 AM
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Weekend Preview: Drive Angry 3D, Hall Pass, Of Gods and Men, Heartbeats

Weekend Preview: Drive Angry 3D, Hall Pass, Of Gods and Men, Heartbeats
Of this weekend's new entries, the one I want to see most is French Oscar entry Of Gods and Men, which earned raves around the world but was unaccountably shut out by the foreign language committee. UPDATE: It also won the Cesar award for Best Film.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 25, 2011 8:00 AM
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Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Review: Flamboyant and Uninspired

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Review: Flamboyant and Uninspired
Film and comics critic Simon Abrams (Village Voice, Comics Journal) ventured onto Broadway to see what all the fuss was about on Julie Taymor's endlessly previewed (performances started on November 28; the opening was postponed to March 15) and troubled Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. He finds flamboyance in the service of uninspired storytelling:Nobody needs an introduction to Spider-Man after decades of comics and three blockbuster films (a reboot is under way). But Julie Taymor is determined to rework this eighth-told tale tale into mythic stature. The epic musical Turn Off the Dark’s spectacular failure comes down to its creators’ inability to realize what they could do with a beloved property with built-in mainstream appeal.
  • By Simon Abrams
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  • February 22, 2011 9:13 AM
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Depressed Holiday Weekend Box Office Taken by Unknown

Depressed Holiday Weekend Box Office Taken by Unknown
Unknown, Liam Neeson's follow-up to sleeper hit Taken, grabbed moviegoers at the Presidents Day weekend box office, which did little to pull Hollywood box office out of its ongoing depression. So far, first quarter box office is off 24 to 28 % from last year, reports Anthony D'Alessandro:
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • February 21, 2011 6:20 AM
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Weekend Preview: Unknown, I Am Number Four, Big Mommas, Last Lions, Putty Hill

Weekend Preview: Unknown, I Am Number Four, Big Mommas, Last Lions, Putty Hill
It's no surprise that indie offerings Putty Hill and the doc The Last Lions score the best reviews of the motley crew of movies that opened for the holiday weekend. Unknown, Liam Neeson's follow-up to sleeper hit Taken is next.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 19, 2011 1:18 AM
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NYT Critics Want to Interact--from a Safe Distance

NYT Critics Want to Interact--from a Safe Distance
It's all very well for newspapers to try and interact with their readers online. What strikes me about the NYTimes' effort to engage movie fans with film critics A.O. Scott and Manohla Dargis is how they are choosing to respond to their readers.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 18, 2011 9:22 AM
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New York Film Critics Circle Goes Digital, Partners with Movie Review Query Engine

New York Film Critics Circle Goes Digital, Partners with Movie Review Query Engine
As film critics seek to adapt to digital journalism, the venerable New York Film Critics Circle, founded in 1935, has partnered with 16-year-old review database Movie Review Query Engine (MRQE ("marquee") to relaunch their NYFCC website to lure moviegoers looking for guidance on what to see each weekend. The site will add members' reviews of new movies. “We’re expecting that the website will attract a diverse readership and broaden the already considerable influence of the group," said John Anderson, the current NYFCC chair.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 15, 2011 1:45 AM
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The Eagle Early Reviews: Tatum and Bell Are "Junior League Versions of Snyder's 300 Macho-Erotica"

The Eagle Early Reviews: Tatum and Bell Are "Junior League Versions of Snyder's 300 Macho-Erotica"
Scottish filmmaker Kevin Macdonald is as gifted a documentarian as he is a feature filmmaker--he just premiered the brilliant YouTube/Ridley Scott doc Life in a Day at Sundance, and has been given the helm on the first authorized Bob Marley documentary. Macdonald also directed the great Touching the Void and The Last King of Scotland, for which Forrest Whitaker won the Oscar. State of Play is his weakest effort to date.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 9, 2011 9:28 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Sundance, SXSW, SBIFF, Oscar Watch, Kings Speech vs. Social Network, In Production

Weekly Wrap: Sundance, SXSW, SBIFF, Oscar Watch, Kings Speech vs. Social Network, In Production
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  • By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage
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  • February 5, 2011 11:18 AM
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Sundance Trailer: Tom McCarthy's Win Win Earns Rave Reviews

Sundance Trailer: Tom McCarthy's Win Win Earns Rave Reviews
Actor-turned-writer-director Tom McCarthy showed his gift for character with The Station Agent (2003) and The Visitor (2007). Check out the trailer and rave reviews below for Win Win, which he co-wrote with Joe Tiboni. Fox Searchlight took the film, starring Paul Giamatti and Amy Ryan, to Sundance in advance of hitting theaters March 18. (Here's our Giamatti interview.)
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 3, 2011 9:15 AM
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