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Sheffield Docs: How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin, Disco and Atomic War

Sheffield Docs: How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin, Disco and Atomic War
Critic Karina Longworth posts again from Sheffield Doc/Fest on two features and a short dealing with the impact of Western pop culture on the fall of the USSR.
  • By Karina Longworth
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  • November 9, 2009 5:44 AM
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Sheffield Rock Docs: The Beat is the Law, Taqwacore

Sheffield Rock Docs: The Beat is the Law, Taqwacore
Critic Karina Longworth continues her coverage of Doc/Fest in Sheffield with reviews of music docs The Beat is the Law Part One and Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam.
  • By Karina Longworth
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  • November 8, 2009 1:14 AM
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LFF#: London Fest Closer Nowhere Boy

Amidst a resurgence of affection for The Beatles, London Film Festival closer Nowhere Boy marks a strong debut for Sam Taylor-Wood (a visual artist of some stature in the art world) and a breakout for Brit actor Aaron Johnson as teen John Lennon. But the small-scale 50s period film straddles two genres: musical biopic and family melodrama. The latter completely overwhelms the story.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 29, 2009 11:30 AM
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Amelia: When Biopics Go Bad

Amelia: When Biopics Go Bad
What went wrong with Amelia?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 23, 2009 4:11 AM
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Where the Wild Things Are: Weekend Must-See

Weekend Must-See:Where the Wild Things Are Tomatometer 69% Metascore 71
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 17, 2009 2:03 AM
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Where the Wild Things Are: Early Reviews

Where the Wild Things Are: Early Reviews
Well, the reviews are rolling in on Spike Jonze and Dave Eggers' adaptation of the Maurice Sendak children's classic Where the Wild Things Are (which opens Friday), and according to the 37 assessed by Rotten Tomatoes so far, they are mixed, at 68%. David Denby's New Yorker review shares my view that the beginning of the film is brilliant and the interactions on the island with the wild things are talky and unsatisfying. Denby says kids will come out of the movie wondering why the animals are so sad.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 14, 2009 10:23 AM
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Weekend Must-Sees: The Damned United and An Education

Weekend Must to Avoid:Couples Retreat Tomatometer 11 % Metascore 24 The notion of Swingers Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau reuniting for a vacation on Bora Bora may seem appealing, but run as fast as you can from this turkey. Making audiences suffer through couples therapy, among other things, was a bad idea.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 9, 2009 11:22 AM
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Monaghan Drives Trucker

Former Slamdance Film fest producer James Mottern wrote and directed Trucker, an unpretentious, tough little movie that debuted at Tribeca in 2008 and is finally getting a modest release this week, starting in New York. The movie is about an independent young truck-driver (Michelle Monaghan) who is happiest when she's in the cab of her semi. She married at 18, had a baby, and then left her family behind. Sure enough, a decade later she has to face that kid when his father gets sick.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 7, 2009 10:40 AM
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Full Disclosure: Bloggers Break Rules

Full Disclosure: Bloggers Break Rules
James Rocchi is the contemporary model of online era film critic.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 7, 2009 7:10 AM
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Weekend Movie Guide: A Serious Man is Must-See

Weekend Movie Guide: A Serious Man is Must-See
Cinephile Must-SeesA Serious Man Tomatometer 86% Metascore 74This dark Jewish comedy was the best movie I saw in Toronto; top-notch Coens.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 3, 2009 4:46 AM
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