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‘The Saint’ Is a Charming Fairy Tale in the Form of a Spy Mystery

Effortlessly charming and infinitely resourceful, Roger Moore's Simon Templar sets the world to rights in hourly installments in The Saint.

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A Newsroom in an Apocalypse: ‘The Day the Earth Caught Fire’

Val Guest's newsroom drama take on the apocalypse is a product of its nuclear war-obsessed times and a prescient commentary on the present day.

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‘Leviathan’ Is a Schlocky Horror Take on Hitchcock

Leviathan plays like a cheap, schlocky, caffeine-hyped attempt at sci-fi Hitchcock, with a healthy dose of John Carpenter horror thrown in for good measure.

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‘Ilo Ilo’ Is Too Understated for Its Own Good

The debut feature from director Anthony Chen features strong performances, but its understated quality makes the film struggle to make a lasting impression.

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‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’ Places Seth MacFarlane’s Ego Front and Center

Perhaps MacFarlane will learn from his experiences, but with any luck, he'll learn the biggest lesson of all: his talents are required behind the camera, not in front of it.

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In ‘Maleficent’, Angelina Jolie Channels Shakespeare’s Richard III

Like the great antiheroes of history, Angelina Jolie's seductive performance as Maleficent gets you to root for her even as she commits acts of evil.

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‘Love Streams’ Is a Masterful Swan Song From One of America’s Great Artists

The once widely unavailable Love Streams gets a thorough Criterion reissue, a well-deserved feat for John Cassavetes' final masterpiece.

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In ‘Child of God’, the Evil is Banal

James Franco's attempt to adapt Cormac McCarthy's novel Child of God for the screen confuses merely depicting horrendous evil with saying something interesting about it.

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‘Y Tu Mama Tambien’ Hides Serious Themes Behind Comedic Fluff

Alfonso Cuarón's highly sexualized film is deceptively serious, hiding weighty themes behind comic banter and, yes, plenty of sex.

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‘The Honourable Woman’ Is a Thriller With Emotional Resonance

The Honourable Woman is smart, taut, and consistently suspenseful, without ever sacrificing character for plot, which is no easy feat.

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‘Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut’ Fully Realizes the Director’s Vision

This is the release Nightbreed fans have been waiting for.

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‘Snowpiercer’ Encapsulates Class Warfare In a High-Speed Train

By compressing its revolutionary struggle into such a tightly compressed and void-encircled space, Bong Joon-Ho’s evocative post-apocalyptic actioner becomes furiously kinetic but metaphorically overburdened.

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‘Death Comes to Pemberley’ Is Jane Austen, Continued

Affairs, unwed pregnancies, and murder all abound, but at the heart of Death Comes to Pemberley is the story of a marriage.

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In ‘The Party’, Peter Sellers’ Brownface Is the Elephant in the Room

While Peter Sellers' role as an Indian man in The Party may represent just another one of his masks, it also does problematize this 1968 film.

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‘The Battery’ Is a First Act in Search of a Plot

Amounting to one feature-length inciting incident, the low-budget zombie film The Battery will test the limits of even the most devoted horror fans’ patience.

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‘South Park: The Complete 17th Season’ Finds Parker and Stone on an Upswing

From the gross-out to the epic, South Park returns to form with a ten-part season with no bad episodes.

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‘Gorky Park’ Is a Cold War Film That Avoids National Stereotypes

This violent murder mystery is atypical among Cold War era films and stands up well today, but this Blu-ray could use a little more "special" in its "features".

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‘Ghost in the Shell 25th Anniversary Edition’ Is a Classic Anime Given Paltry Extras Treatment

Ghost in the Shell remains an excellent milestone in anime, but this barebones release is devoid of the extras that would truly make this edition special.

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‘Queen: Live at the Rainbow ‘74’: Still Killer Queen, After All These Years

Live at the Rainbow '74 doesn't contain all of Queen's biggest commercial hits, but features some of their heaviest rock from their amazing early days.

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‘The Vincent Price Collection II’ Is a B-Movie Lover’s Dream

Vincent Price brought class to everything he did, a quality evident even in the B-movies of The Vincent Price Collection II.

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'Epitaph' Dispels Hollywood Myths About the Gunfight at O.K. Corral

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"Doria Russell finds heroes in the errant in Epitaph, a novel that captures the realities of the famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral, and much more.

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