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'The Runaways': Coming of Age in Pre-Punk, Glam Rock '70s Los Angeles

The Runaways isn't the faithfully detailed documentary biopic many fans were hoping it would be, but it's still a pretty spectacular rock 'n' roll story.

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A Southern Road Film, Unafraid to Embrace Cliché

Something about a road trip makes for good storytelling. Even with the standard plot points of misadventures, close calls, new romances, and meaningful relationships forged after initial tension, the setting leaves room for intriguing bumps along the way.

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New Moon: Wherefor Art Thou Edward?

Bella and Edward's longing for each other is what makes the series so appealing. It fully encapsulates the bliss and agony of first love or any love that would make you lie down and die for the other person.

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Adventureland: Bastards of Young

A loping comedy of displacement that snaps off dozens of easy laughs without breaking a sweat, Adventureland transcends the indie comedy trap by dint of not being content merely to capture its milieu but to animate it.

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Adventureland

Adventureland is as tidy and predictable as it sounds. And it falls into that annoying trap that seems to plague this sort of film, relying on an unrelenting '80s soundtrack to set tones and cue plot points.

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Twilight

While Meyers’ books tend toward formulaic characterizations, Hardwicke takes the material and successfully transforms it into a subtle, layered atmospheric film.

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Twilight Takeover

The film is a successful adaptation of the book not only because Pattinson is so talented and dreamy, but also because Hardwicke knows a thing or two about filming adolescents.

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Twilight

Fantasy rules in Twilight, fantasy simultaneously delicate and ravishing, chaste and utterly bloody.

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What Just Happened

Less an expose than a recap of what even casual observers of the industry know or intuit, What Just Happened relies on clichés even as it deplores them.

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Talk, Talk, Talk: November 2008

Like the sainted sigh of relief that comes after another shriek-filled All Hallow's Eve, November usually means the start of the 'nominate me' process for the proposed prestige pictures of 2008.

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Talk, Talk, Talk: October 2008

What studio suit thought this was a good idea? With four months to schedule your high priced efforts, you instead unload almost 30 overpriced pictures on an unsuspecting movie audience.

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In the Land of Women (2007)

Ah, poor poor Carter. Will he emerge strengthened or diminished by his encounters in this faraway land?

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The Messengers (2007)

Another scary house movie, another family in crisis. And especially, another lithe but steely girl in danger.

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Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005)

When Lisa thaws, she's granted a limited gamut of roles, from screaming victim to gushy girl to action-heroic savior.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Catch That Kid (2004)

Remembering well that her dad fell (100 feet), spunky climber Maddy's also afraid she might fall.

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Panic Room (2002)

This 'Panic Room' DVD leaves you to figure the moves and angles.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Panic Room (2002)

In lieu of plot or character, 'Panic Room' offers the house.

Cynthia Fuchs
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