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'Safety Not Guaranteed' Outshines Its Intriguing Premise

This is a charming gem that outshines its intriguing premise because the actors sell the material.

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Bring It Home: 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial'

This 30th anniversary Blu-ray/DVD may induce yawns from some, but it was a revelation for me. This was my first viewing of E.T. in a long time, and reminded me of its many charms.

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Meet the Forefather of Immersive Attractions at Today’s Theme Parks: 'This Is Cinerama'

A home viewing can never match the experience of seeing this on a giant screen, but This Is Cinerama offers a hint at this unique presentation's original exhibition.

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'Down by Law' Is More Than Just Another Quirky Indie Film

Down by Law is only Jarmusch's third feature but already shows his confidence in crafting a unique style.

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Everlasting Victory: 'Chariots of Fire'

The film feels more like a character study than an Oscar candidate, but still, Chariots of Fire delivers a story that remains poignant today.

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Still Waters Run Deep: 'The Hunter'

Willem Dafoe shines in the intriguing story of a man who finds his way in the Tasmanian wilderness.

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Thriller Slumming: 'Safe House'

The highly respected Denzel Washington does solid work and lifts the overall quality of this film, but it still raises questions about why he keeps taking this type of role.

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A Different Kind of Wilderness: 'A Lonely Place to Die'

There are clever twists and surprises here, but we never connect with anyone enough to transcend the genre.

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'Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol' Is One of the Best Action Films of 2011

From the high-flying prologue with Agent Hanaway (Josh Hollaway) to the final showdown in Mumbai, this story moves at a breakneck speed.

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Clever Manipulation: 'Martha Marcy May Marlene'

Although she escaped physically, Martha remains trapped by her past experiences and can’t sever the connection.

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'Mission: Impossible': The '89 TV Season'

This late-'80s revival provides mild entertainment but feels tied to its specific time period.

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'Moneyball', Like Baseball, is About More than Just Baseball

How could a movie present such dense material and interest general audiences? With the help of a few key players, of course.

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'Elite Squad: The Enemy Within' Is a Thriller that Will Reward Genre Fans

Elite Squad: The Enemy Within provides interesting political intrigue and works as a standalone film separate from the original.

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This Isn’t Your Typical Straight-Arrow Police Officer: 'The Guard'

Brendan Gleeson never misses a beat as Sergeant Gerry Boyle, and his success lifts this clever film to a higher level.

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In 'The Lady Vanishes', Hitchcock Mines Plenty of Tension from the Fairly Simple Premise

Alfred Hitchcock presents a sharp contrast between the early comic scenes at the hotel and the violent finalé. The stakes rise slowly and deliberately, which increases the ultimate effect by the end.

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'The Future' Is Unexplainable, and Deliberately So

Miranda July crafts an unpredictable and original story, but it’s not enough to provide consistent interest.

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'Cave of Forgotten Dreams': Is an Uneven, but Intriguing Tale

Werner Herzog finds a way to speculate on spiritual matters and remain genuine while making theoretical leaps.

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'Terri': On Not Always Fitting In, and Not Being Bothered About It

These well-drawn characters struggle to make a connection, and learn through the awkward experience.

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'Jackie Brown': Is a Love Story, a Heist Film, an Offbeat Crime Story Set to a Great Soundtrack

The intriguing combination of Elmore Leonard's voice with Tarantino's unique dialogue leads to his best film.

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'Trollhunter': The Challenges of Keeping a Giant Secret

The striking troll effects are a technical achievement, but the characters only generate mild interest.


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