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The Beauty and the Horror: Peter Jackson’s King Kong - Part 2

Jackson's film is as unwieldy and difficult as it is gripping and moving, expanding upon the exotic spectacle of the original while simultaneously steering the tale into the realm of tragic lament.

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The Beauty and the Horror: Peter Jackson’s King Kong - Part 1

This film is keenly aware of the myriad meanings embedded in its cinematic myth and sets about re-contextualizing and commenting upon the implied politics while offering extravagant thrills and tragic, classic romance.

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Mixed Emotions: On the ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ Trailer

Somehow, I’ve remained completely oblivious over the past few months to the news that a new version of Jonathan Swift’s timeless Gulliver’s

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Summer of Same: June 2009

This month's "original" fare offers a take on a Sid and Marty Krofft classic, more battling seizure robots, and the retaking of '70s subway thriller. Everything old is new again.

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19 Feb 2009 // 4:31 AM

This year’s Supporting Actor?

When it comes to the best supporting actor Oscar, the winning hand could be held by The Joker. That, of course, is the late Heath

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Tenacious D: The Complete Master Works 2

This honestly confronts the shifting personas of a now legitimately famous band whose fictional identity once depended on a willful defiance of its own obscurity.

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The New Classics - The 30 Best Films of 2008

Unlike previous years, where classics came crawling out of the celluloid woodwork with regular reckless abandon, 2008 was more calm… and considered. That's not to say that choosing 30 top titles was hard. The difficulty in placing them in some manner of rank order suggests the actual depth of quality involved.

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Iconic - The Top 20 Male Performances of 2008

Like the gladiators of old, 2008 resembles a battle of formidable acting gods, especially when looking over the 20 choices presented below. Indeed, if anything, choosing a winner requires more of a leap of faith than any amount of critical skill - they all were that good.

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Tropic Thunder: Unrated Director’s Cut

A fun, occasionally brilliant satire of these Hollywood tropes that actually retains its comic punch after multiple viewings.

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Are We Not Funny? Laugh, Damn You!

The problem with the (inexplicably popular) Tropic Thunder may be that Ben Stiller is just not a funny filmmaker. Not even remotely.

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‘Madness’ Maintains Tropic Thunder’s Gimmick

Say what you will about Tropic Thunder - hilarious Hollywood satire or sorry excuse for politically incorrect potshots - but it’s hard to deny

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Jack Black talks ‘Tropic Thunder’ and how he got the girl

They teach it in Interviewing 101: find common ground with your subject. But when your subject is rich, famous, plump and happy Jack Black, that might

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13 Aug 2008 // 4:21 AM

Tropic Thunder

Tropic Thunder tells you that race and masculinity and class identity issues make men in this business mean and juvenile. And then it tells you again.

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12 Aug 2008 // 10:45 PM

‘Tropic’ Blunder

We hear it all the time, that comedy cop out meant to assuage the offender of all implied guilt: “It’s just a joke.” Be

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11 Aug 2008 // 10:45 PM

Danny O.D.: Too Much McBride?

That’s it. I’ve had it. I am officially at my character actor capacity. Nothing personal on the man in question, but after a

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18 Jun 2008 // 11:00 PM

Be Kind Rewind

Uneven and a little muddled, Be Kind Rewind might be a prime candidate for the very fan remixing it portrays.

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6 Jun 2008 // 4:00 AM

Kung Fu Panda

Big and bouncy, Kung Fu Panda is another powerhouse Family Entertainment that means to pummel its young viewers into adulation.

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‘Panda’ Stays True to Its Kung Fu Confines

It’s been interesting to watch the youth-ification of martial arts. Sure, kids have always been the major market when it comes to karate lessons,

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The Return of the Popcorn Circus: August 2008

Talk about a crowded schedule. There are more offerings scheduled this month than in the previous two combined.

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The Return of the Popcorn Circus: June 2008

If May almost tent-poled itself out of existence, June will be even worse. After all, are audiences really ready for 13 major release in less than two months -- with more to come?

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Robert DeLong Upgraded for 'In the Cards' (Rough Trade Photos + Tour Dates)

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"Robert DeLong ups his musical game with his new album In the Cards and his live show gets a boost too.

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