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Review: Tai Chi Zero

Mashup, hodgepodge, or remix — call it what you will, this kung fu odyssey from former action star Stephen Fung offers intermittent pleasures and freaky twists.

By TOM MEEK  |  October 26, 2012
Film: Ice Age: Continental Drift

Review: Ice Age: Continental Drift

Perhaps you've seen "Scrat's Continental Crack-Up," the animated short that debuted theatrically a year and a half ago featuring the sabre-toothed squirrel causing a prehistoric tectonic cataclysm as a result of his pursuit of an elusive acorn.
It's all been done
By BRETT MICHEL  |  July 13, 2012

Review: The Newsroom

The Newsroom is a dose of concentrated Sorkin, by turns maddening and exhilarating.
All in the family: Sorkin does Sorkin in 'The Newsroom'
By RYAN STEWART  |  June 22, 2012
GameOfThrones Dinklage

And thus the 'Game of Thrones' continues

'Twas the thud heard round the world. In the penultimate episode of the first season of HBO's Game of Thrones , our hero Ned Stark (Sean Bean), after a brief, fraught tenure as the King's Hand, discovered the Lannisters' incestuous affair, was falsely
Calling Dr. Zaius!
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 30, 2012
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Interview: Adam Green gets frightful laughs with 'Holliston'

Director and Holliston native Adam Green ( Frozen, Hatchet ) knows a thing or two about what it's like to be stuck in your hometown post-college, working a dead-end job, and pining for the high school girl of your dreams. Green parlayed all that angst i
Native son
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  March 30, 2012
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Review: The Hunger Games

More powerful than fear in subduing a society, says President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in this overstuffed adaptation of the first book in Suzanne Collins's trilogy, is hope.
Jennifer Lawrence is the big winner here
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 23, 2012

Short take - One for the Money

Review: One for the Money

TV director Julie Anne Robinson's insipid adaptation of this first volume in Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series has more in common with Young Adult than with the average gumshoe yarn.
Julie Anne Robinson's insipid adaptation
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 03, 2012
Underworld - Awakening

Review: Underworld: Awakening

The Underworld series got long in the tooth early, but here, in the fourth installment (directed by Swede Måns Mårlind), it grows new fangs.
Brief but bloody
By TOM MEEK  |  January 27, 2012
HBO - TV - Luck

Review: Luck

You get the feeling that Milch and Mann just want to show off what they know about horse racing. When one of Marcus's crew keeps screaming out during the big Pick Six race, "What's going on!?," he speaking for the audience.
HBO goes to the races
By JON GARELICK  |  January 27, 2012
Fullmetal - Sacred

Review: Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos

The Fullmetal Alchemist series has expanded impressively, from the 2001 graphic novel, to the 2003 anime series and film to the 2009 reboot of the anime, and now Kazuya Murata's film, which picks up from the middle of the second anime reboot.
Animated alchemical battles
By MADDY MYERS  |  January 20, 2012
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Review: House of Lies

In a television landscape dominated by protagonists who are murderers, drug kingpins, serial philanderers, and other assorted life-ruiners, Showtime may have finally gone too far.
House of Lies and Shameless's heroes could be less anti-
By RYAN STEWART  |  January 06, 2012

Boardwalk Empire TV

Is Boardwalk Empire about to enter its golden age?

Dispel any remaining doubts. The new season (which begins this Sunday at 9 pm on HBO) unfolds with a new leisurely, cinematic grandeur.
Easy livin'
By JON GARELICK  |  September 23, 2011

Review: Final Destination 5

Are we dead yet? It would appear not, as the Final Destination franchise keeps slogging on, like a cross-country family road trip from hell (spoiler alert: somewhere around mile 600, Mom's going through the windshield).
3D splatter-fest
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  August 19, 2011
Finder Keeper - Carla Speed McNeil

Carla Speed McNeil's magic city

You arrive in Anvard as an immigrant. The city is vast and perplexing, full of its own signs and codes, but little by little you learn its language.  
Finder keeper
By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  July 01, 2011

More midseason replacements

Television stations fill in the gaps with some brilliant last-minute content.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  January 07, 2011