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Down, Big Fella

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Liam Neeson is stranded in snow country in 'The Grey.'

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Winging It

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The heroism of the Tuskegee Airmen will never be forgot. Red Tails, however forget about it.

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A Kid’s 9/11

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close turns a national tragedy into a children’s pop-up story.

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Stand Down, Meryl

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The new Meryl Streep film The Iron Lady fails even as a handkerchief-soaker for an audience of wonks from the Hoover Institute

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Roman Woolf

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A quartet of nasty bourgeois, played by four top-drawer actors with crack timing, make Roman Polanski’s Carnage a civilized entertainment

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Not so Holly Jolie

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Director/writer Angelina Jolie strives hard for In the Land of Blood and Honey, but art is not for strivers

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Tricky Nick

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Xavier Durringer’s The Conquest reiterates de Gaulle’s idea that France is ungovernable—much like our own state of California. Snobbery may be the reason why this mordant film has it in for its protagonist. President Nicolas Sarkozy (Denis Podalydès) is known, as if he were a lost Marx brother, as “Sarko.”

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Spy vs. Spy

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Gary Oldman’s George Smiley hunts for moles in a chilly adaptation of 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy'

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Cold Case

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David Fincher lays on the visual style in his adaptation of Stieg Larsson's 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'

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The Year in Film

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A look at the best cinematic offerings and trends of 2011

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Tintin Type

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Stephen Spielberg brings the boy reporter to life in animated version of ‘The Adventures of Tintin’

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Ghost in the Mission

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The stunts and gadgets battle improbable plot and affectless Cruise performance in new 'Mission Impossible'

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Neighsayer

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Only Steven Spielberg could do what is done in War Horse. Only he could have authorized the expensive World War I re-creations.

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The Sleuth Is Out There

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In Guy Ritchie’s hasty and frequently low-class sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, the detective is treated as a clown throughout—with cheap wigs and beards and long underwear scenes.

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Mercury Rising

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Charlize Theron plays a hack writer reviving coming-of-age memories in ‘Young Adult’

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Scandal Man

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Director Ken Russell was part of a Fellini-goes-to-Soho movement of brash English directors in the 1960s and ’70s

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The Bet Goes On

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It’s almost plot-free but rich with incident, visual skill, and loads of violence. Takeshi Kitano’s Outrage shows the Japanese filmmaker at the top of his craft.

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On the Row

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Werner Herzog’s new documentary, ‘Into the Abyss,’ studies the aftermath of a terrible crime in Texas

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Man Under the Influence

A down-and-out actor falls hard for a blonde siren  in ‘Seducing Charlie Barker’

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Clockwork

It may be Tim Burton, and not Martin Scorsese who is the most trendsetting filmmaker of the last 20 years. In 'Hugo,' Scorsese is working with Burton scriptwriter John Logan and a few of Burton’s past and future stars.

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