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We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks

Alex Gibney is the most prolific American documentary filmmaker working today, knocking out three or four features a year, frequently dealing with the hot-wired nexus of politics, secrecy, and money. While he doesn’t hit a home run each time, and has arguably never made a masterpiece, he still produces at least one must-see film a […]

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The 10 Best Zombie Comedies of All Time

Yes, there are actually enough examples for a list. As a matter of fact, over the last few years, our fascination with the living dead has developed into a kind of obsession. For a while, only George Romero and various members of his creative posse were excused for continuing the zombie stomp. Now, anyone can…and […]

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Twixt

Francis Ford Coppola: What happened? There was a time, four decades ago, when you were one of the most celebrated filmmakers working in the post-modern era, a multiple Oscar winning auteur who created The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, The Conversation, and Apocalypse Now. Along with Brian DePalma (now also artistically DOA), Steven Spielberg (still […]

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Epic

You can’t con kids. Don’t promise them the animated adventures of cutesy little characters when you really intend to deliver a borderline adult action adventure. That’s the problem facing the makers of Epic (aside from the primed-for-criticism title). Reminiscent of the reasonably well-made Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, this tale of benevolent […]

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The Most Annoying Trends in Animated Movies

If you’re a parent, you most likely see a lot of animated movies. I’m a parent as well as a film critic, which means that I pretty much see all the animated movies. There’s no denying it’s a magnificent genre that has provided us with some genuine classics: The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, anything […]

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10 Famous Actors Cut From Famous Films

When To the Wonder, Terrence Malick’s latest cinematic tone poem, finally hit theaters last month, many wondered where previously announced stars Jessica Chastain, Rachel Weisz, Amanda Peet, Barry Pepper, and Michael Sheen were. Apparently, as he did with his WWII thriller The Thin Red Line, the director filmed material with many cast members, using the […]

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Star Trek: Into Darkness

When he was announced as the director hired to jumpstart a dying sci-fi staple, many in the Trek nation thought J. J. Abrams was a questionable choice to helm 2009’s Star Trek. His only previous feature film experience was the more or less decent Mission Impossible III and while his fanboy credentials were impeccable, his […]

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Erased

Aaron Eckhart is apparently one unlucky SOB. Not only does he fail to parlay his considerable indie cred (Thank You for Smoking, In the Company of Men) into some manner of lasting leading man status, he couldn’t even gain the same from playing a key role in Christopher Nolan’s heralded Dark Knight effort. Instead, he […]

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The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure

There is nothing wrong with making a movie aimed at preschool children. However, there is something very wrong with making a movie aimed at preschool children that is as cynical and imaginatively bankrupt as The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure. It is the brainchild of Kenn Viselman, a marketing expert who helped turn Thomas the […]