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A Very Special Christmas With Freddie  Mercury and Co.

Forty years after the release of A Night at the Opera we're treated to a powerful set from Queen, the best British band of the '70s, at the mighty Hammersmith Odeon.

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With ‘Creed’ Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Finds a Fitting Finalé

Make no mistake about it, Creed is not some elegy to a fallen superstar.

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‘Carol’ and Forbidden Romance

Todd Haynes' resonant period romance echoes Far From Heaven, but Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara elude that film’s glossy fatalism.

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It Looks Like Most Rock Docs and Feels Like Most Rock Docs—It’s ‘I Am Thor’

He’s a tank that keeps on plowing through the fields in the face of opposing forces, and it’s somehow admirable and inspirational that he hasn’t given up.

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The Third Time, ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ Is Not the Charm

The extended edition of the third Hobbit film is just as bloated as the second one, but the bonus features are a must-have if you're a fan of the film.

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‘Mimi and Dona’: Sunshine in Our Sorrow

At once hopeful and harrowing, Mimi and Dona looks at situations common in many families, situations concerning aging parents and children who need them.

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Eric Clapton: Slowhand at 70 - Live at Royal Albert Hall

In celebration of his 70th, Clapton returns to the main stage in fine form.

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The Emotional Pitch Can Run High in ‘A Room With a View’, But It’s Also a Very Funny Film

Ornate title cards place the filmmakers in a position similar to Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, enjoying the human carnival while at the same time proclaiming “Lord, what fools these mortals be!”

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‘Secret in Their Eyes’ Brings on Reflections of Loss After 9/11

Billy Ray's movie uses the transition of post-9/11 fears into xenophobia and forever war as backdrop, but it focuses most intently on the distractions of a hideous murder case.

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‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2’: Jennifer Lawrence Is the Best Female Action Legend

Katniss is her own savior. She's also a hero for a demographic that sorely needs one.

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‘My Own Private Idaho’ Is Anything but a Conventional Narrative

Gus Van Sant's 'My Own Private Idaho' uses a variety of devices to keep viewers off balance.

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‘Democrats’: Ruffians, Pretenders, and Outcomes

Camilla Neilsson's brilliant Democrats follows the writing of Zimbabwe's first constitution over three years.

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A New Light Shines on ‘Full Moon in Paris’

Eric Rohmer's classic film resonates again in High Definition Blu-Ray.

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‘Difret’ Is the Story of Many Represented by the Story of One

Executive produced by Angelina Jolie Pitt, Difret is not one woman's story. Instead, it focuses on people cooperating across generations and classes to resist injustice against women.

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Cronenberg’s ‘The Brood’ Taps Into Some Fundamental, Primal Terror

Setting the table for his work to come, David Cronenberg's psychotronic masterpiece, The Brood, has its very own Criterion Collection edition.

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‘Impromptu’ Is Light on Coherence, Heavy on Scandal

It's not that this film is bad, but the witty dialogue, solid acting, and lovely camerawork can't make up for it's tonal confusion or pacing.

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‘Toto and His Sisters’ Discover Community and Compassion Through Filmmaking

In Toto and His Sisters, as the children engage in the filmmaking process, as they share their lives with one another and with Nanău and with you, their possibilities loom larger than their losses.

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‘A Black Veil for Lisa’ Isn’t Worth Unveiling

An obscure relic from late '60s European cinema, A Black Veil for Lisa is a standard giallo thriller -- minus the blood and thrills.

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‘Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery’ Almost Hits the Mark

This isn't an failure but it's not an unqualified success. Its greatest triumph is that it encourages to look beyond its own frames, whether it means to or not.

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DOC NYC 2015: ‘Left on Purpose’ + ‘Missing People’

These two films at DOC NYC look at loss and memory, trauma and generosity.

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Marina and the Diamonds Wrap Up U.S. Tour at Terminal 5 (Photos)

// Notes from the Road

"Marina's star shines bright and her iridescent pop shines brighter. Froot is her most solid album yet. Her tour continues into the new year throughout Europe.

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