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Review: Wreck-It Ralph

John C. Reilly gives a terrific vocal performance in this computer-animated look at the secret lives of video game arcade characters (like Tron by way of Toy Story ), directed by Rich Moore, a veteran helmer of The Simpsons and Futurama .

By BRETT MICHEL  |  November 02, 2012
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Review: Fun Size

Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice ventures onto the big screen in this hokey Halloween misadventure.

By TOM MEEK  |  November 02, 2012
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Review: Chasing Mavericks

Directed by Curtis Hanson and Michael Apted, who took over after the former suffered complications from heart surgery, Chasing Mavericks is fair family fare.

By ANN LEWINSON  |  November 02, 2012
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Review: The Loneliest Planet

Nica (Hani Furstenberg) and Alex (Gael García Bernal) are fit and fearless adventurers backpacking through Georgia's Caucasus Mountains until a split-second lapse of judgment calls everything they took for granted into question.

By ANN LEWINSON  |  November 02, 2012
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Review: Flight

If Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) could land a doomed plane and save the lives of almost all the passengers while in the midst of a coke- and booze-fueled bender, imagine how well he'd do if he was sober.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 02, 2012
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Review: The Details

God is not in these details. Jacob Aaron Estes's black comedy gets so dark that it's not even funny.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 02, 2012


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Review: A Late Quartet

Unless Ken Russell is directing, films about musicians seldom are as exciting as the music they make.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 02, 2012
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Paul Banks | Banks

It has taken a decade, but Paul Banks has finally written his mission statement in song: "Death will come by ocean, I want that guarantee," he sings on "I Paid for That," a propulsive cut from his debut solo album.
Matador Records (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  October 26, 2012
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Benjamin Gibbard | Former Lives

"It's been a basement of a year," Ben Gibbard sings over a perky two-chord strum on the saccharine "Oh, Woe." It's hard not to take him literally.
Barsuk Records (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  October 12, 2012
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Black Moth Super Rainbow | Cobra Juicy

Technology makes secrecy well-nigh impossible, so Black Moth Super Rainbow settle for employing it as a narrative device.
Rad Cult Records (2012)
By RYAN FOLEY  |  October 12, 2012
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Sun Airway | Soft Fall

One of the more remarkable evolutions in the contemporary musical underground may be Jon Barthmus's decade-long peregrination from hardcore punk to the ambitious electro-pop of Sun Airway.
Dead Oceans Records (2012)
By JAY BREITLING  |  October 12, 2012


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Review: The Other Dream Team

American audiences will be delighted to see how the Grateful Dead helped pay for the 1992 Lithuanian Olympic team, including supplying tie-dyed T-shirts. But only Lithuanians will thrill to the movie's climax...

By GERALD PEARY  |  October 12, 2012
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Review: Taken 2

Retired CIA operative Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) is still trying to remain an active part of the lives of his ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) and his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace).

By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 12, 2012
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Review: Girl Model

As seen in David Redmon and Ashley Sabin's somber, sometimes poetic, Fred Wiseman-like documentary, the international model trade ranks just above human trafficking in legitimacy.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 12, 2012
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Review: Keep The Lights On

Ira Sachs's picture is many things: a snapshot of gay culture at the turn of the century, a brutally personal dramatization of his relationship with author Bill Clegg, a messy look at the realities of addiction, a formally audacious work in the tradition

By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  October 12, 2012
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Review: Wake In Fright (1971)

Combining elements of Heart of Darkness , After Hours , and Groundhog Day , Ted Kotcheff's brutally brilliant Outback thriller follows the moral degradation, or perhaps redemption, of a snooty schoolteacher (Gary Bond) traveling from the backwater w

By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 12, 2012


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Review: Argo

There are many heroes in Ben Affleck's spunky, polished political thriller. But the biggest hero is Hollywood itself.
Escapist cinema
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 12, 2012
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Review: Butter

Any real-world comparisons between the Sarah Palin-like Laura Pickler (Jennifer Garner) and her African-American opponent, Destiny (Yara Shahidi), are encouraged in this over-churned movie that presents itself as a "cutthroat story of greed, blackmail,

By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 12, 2012
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Review: Seven Psychopaths

As in his debut In Bruges , Martin McDonagh here plays self-reflexive games while undermining the gangster genre.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 12, 2012
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Review: The Paperboy

A Russ Meyer roughie meets The Help in Lee Daniels's lurid follow-up to Precious , in which a paperboy (Zac Efron) gets promoted to driver when his brother Wade (Matthew McConaughey), a Miami Times investigative reporter, returns home to exonerate a

By ANN LEWINSON  |  October 12, 2012
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Review: Alps

Like his last feature, Dogtooth, Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos's new film breaks down the conventions of identity, language, and social roles with black comic — and tragic — effect.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 05, 2012


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Review: Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare

Matthew Heineman and Susan Frömke's documentary tackles a familiar topic but doesn't weigh in on the Obamacare issue so contentious in the upcoming election.

By TOM MEEK  |  October 05, 2012
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Review: Won't Back Down

Daniel Barnz's picture turns the American education crisis into a dumbed-down, Capraesque crowd-pleaser, with a malicious agenda to boot.

By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  October 05, 2012
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Review: Head Games

Legendary documentarian Steve James ( Hoop Dreams ) again turns his camera on the dark side of America's obsession with sports, this time looking at the rash of suicides and dementia linked to concussions.

By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  October 05, 2012
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Review: V/H/S

As horror movie premises go, "found footage" tends to possess the most capacity for both pure, stomach-churning terror and woefully laughable shtick.

By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  October 05, 2012
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Review: How to Survive a Plague

In 1987, 26-year-old Peter Staley, a closeted Wall Street trader, was diagnosed as HIV-positive. Given less than two years to live, he addressed the International AIDS Conference . . . three years later. He's still alive.

By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 05, 2012


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Review: Solomon Kane

The last time Pete Postlethwaite died onscreen, he was being gunned down in The Town .

By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 05, 2012
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Review: The Oranges

Julian Farino's inept, unfunny romantic comedy reprises The Graduate , 45 years later.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 05, 2012
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Review: Pitch Perfect

Jason Moore's musical doesn't hit all the high notes, but guilty pleasures are seldom perfect.

By MONICA CASTILLO  |  October 05, 2012
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Review: Dark Horse

Todd Solondz has turned his audience's divisiveness into a calling card with his often hilariously upsetting films, so it's a surprise that his new movie is fairly tame.
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By MILES BOWE  |  August 10, 2012