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'Room': Unable to Break Free

With such rich source material, this film is both superficially gripping and psychologically rich.

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Does 'Marry Me' Mark the Year of the Rom-Sitcom?

Why shouldn’t a maligned genre -- and romantic comedies are nothing if not maligned -- follow in drama's footsteps?

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'Obvious Child' Looks at Unplanned Pregnancy from a New Angle

Even when Obvious Child lacks interesting conflict, it still admirably presents women in a way atypical from mainstream cinema.

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'Mulaney' Is Like Seinfeld, But Without Elaine

Mulaney and Motif’s third roommate, Jane is underdeveloped, and thrown into subplots that focus on typical -- if not offensive -- female storylines and stereotypes.

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'Gotham' Is No Place for Nice Guys

Gotham is off to a good start, so good that it's possible to watch the entire premiere without missing Batman one bit.

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'Transcendence' Is a High-Tech Mess of Subplots

Like Dr. Caster's (Johnny Depp) experiments, Transcendence is much smarter in theory than it is in practice.

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A Small Sampling of Disney: 'The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad' and 'Fun and Fancy Free'

For the most part, the shorts are some of Disney's strongest, and taken as a whole they offer a variety of animation styles, characters and tones.

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'Need for Speed' Is About the Thrill of the Ride, Not the Script

Besides just lavishing attention on the cars, director Scott Waugh loves placing them in the context of other, classic driving movies, from Bullitt to American Graffiti.

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'Winter's Tale' Is Blinded by the Light

The love story should be at the heart of this film, but it instead gets caught up in the supernatural elements.

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PC-Cloning Has Gone Mad in 'Halt and Catch Fire'

Halt and Catch Fire isn't about the Steve Jobs or the Bill Gateses. It's about the other guys who rushed in and tried to make a fortune in their wake.

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'Lizzie Borden Took an Axe' and That's About It

Too shallow to be informative and too dry to be campy, Lizzie Borden Took an Axe is unsatisfying on every level.

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What's So Great About Being an Adult?

In the hands of James Ponsoldt, The Spectacular Now becomes a teen movie that resembles real life more than other teen movies.

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'Byzantium' Has New Vampires That Play by New Rules

These vampires aren't allergic to sunlight, wooden stakes, or garlic. They don't sleep in coffins or stalk around in swishy capes. They do, however, brood in a very-like vampire way.

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As with All of Sofia Coppola's Films, Mood Trumps Everything in 'The Bling Ring'

While Sofia Coppola doesn't dwell on the situations that made the Bling Ring what they were, she does give you an overwhelming feeling of who they are: young, attractive, savvy, plugged in, and celebrity-obsessed

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'Hello Ladies': Self-Delusions in LA

Telegraphing Stuart's loneliness through takeout dinners and microwave meals only goes so far. Hello Ladies pushes that mood even further, showing the isolation he feels in crowds.

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Joss Whedon Is Back on TV with 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

With the help of Joss Whedon's cleverness, develop S.H.I.E.L.D. into an entertaining series, offering something like a mini-Marvel movie every week.

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