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Salt Early Reviews: Jolie Meets Bond

Salt Early Reviews: Jolie Meets Bond
Here's the first review of Salt from THR:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 17, 2010 2:24 AM
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  • 4 Comments

Next Wave of Inception Reviews: Less Effusive

Next Wave of Inception Reviews: Less Effusive
One sign of a movie worth seeing more than once is that you also want to read more than one review. Rarely have I been more compelled to read what my respected colleagues have to say about a new film. Now that those reviews are pouring in, Inception's Rotten Tomatoes ranking among "top critics" has fallen to 87--which is a very high number, by the way. Most Oscar contenders rank in the 80s.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 15, 2010 2:26 AM
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  • 4 Comments

True Blood's 9 Crimes: Just Complicated Enough

True Blood's 9 Crimes: Just Complicated Enough
Guest blogger Tim Appelo gives his take on True Blood's highlight-of-the-season-so-far episode: 9 Crimes.
  • By Tim Appelo
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  • July 13, 2010 5:39 AM
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  • 2 Comments

New York Magazine Blows Inception's Rave Review Record

New York Magazine Blows Inception's Rave Review Record
Expect an Inception backlash. Warner Bros.' marketing pattern is to launch a big movie's buzz with the internet press and trades, then let the established print critics (who tend to be tougher on films) have at it closer to release. And so the inevitable negative review from New York's David Edelstein breaks Inception's 17 for 17 record on Rotten Tomatoes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 12, 2010 5:01 AM
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  • 18 Comments

Weekend Must-Sees: Despicable Me, The Kids Are All Right, Plus B-Remake Predators

Weekend Must-Sees: Despicable Me, The Kids Are All Right, Plus B-Remake Predators
It's pretty slim pickings this summer. Assuming you've seen Toy Story 3, what else is there?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 9, 2010 11:41 AM
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  • 4 Comments

As Girl Who Played With Fire Opens, New Doc Reveals Larsson Secrets

Millennium fever continues unabated in the U.S., reports Kinsey Lowe, as the second Swedish movie based on Stieg Larsson's trilogy hits theaters today in Los Angeles and New York City and the translation of the third novel remains near the top of the New York Times bestseller list.
  • By Kinsey Lowe
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  • July 9, 2010 9:24 AM
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Media Watch: Online Journalism Is Heading Straight to Hell

Media Watch: Online Journalism Is Heading Straight to Hell
Some online journalists make calls, check facts, report, and look at movies before we review them. Are we dinosaurs?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 7, 2010 7:49 AM
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The Girl Who Played with Fire: Early Reviews

The Girl Who Played with Fire: Early Reviews
The second Swedish film adaptation in Stieg Larsson's hugely successful Millennium trilogy, The Girl Who Played with Fire, is coming out stateside on July 9.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 6, 2010 5:50 AM
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Inception Early Reviews Are Raves

Inception Early Reviews Are Raves
After the breach of the preset review embargo by Rolling Stone's Peter Travers, who was allowed to run early in print but not online--Warner Bros. took a different approach to opening the gates to coverage of the much-anticipated Inception. In a sign that studios are ceding ground to online sites over the traditional trades, on Monday afternoon, the trades shared the same embargo with key fan sites and Oscar bloggers. The junket press saw the film in L.A. last weekend; I saw it with the trades and Oscar bloggers on Friday (and posted my review at exactly 3 PM Pacific).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 5, 2010 10:47 AM
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Inception Early Review: Nolan Delivers Kubrickian Masterpiece with Heart

Inception Early Review: Nolan Delivers Kubrickian Masterpiece with Heart
No movie this year comes freighted with greater expectations than Inception, Chris Nolan's follow-up to the global blockbuster The Dark Knight. Happily, the movie delivers and then some--thanks to clever original screenwriting and exhilarating mise-en-scene--in 2D.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 5, 2010 9:55 AM
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  • 31 Comments

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