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Scandal Sheets

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The new Errol Morris documentary, Tabloid, is salty and strangely lighthearted in its investigation of a famed sex scandal of the 1970s.

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Hogwarts at the Movies

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Like the Bond series, the Potter movies ride a roller-coaster of quality.

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Robots at Bay

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Michael Bay's 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' is helped by the use of effective 3-D—but nothing can help the plot.

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Bucking the System

Every really good teacher is, in part, a performer. And Buck Brannaman, horse whisperer, never lets his mask slip in the excellent documentary.

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Kiwi Couples

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New Zealand’s odd ways and beautiful scenery justify an old-fashioned women’s plot in 'Bride Flight'

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To Heck and Back

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A new DVD from Flicker Alley attempts to re-create French director Henri-Georges Clouzot's unfinished 1964 film 'Inferno.'

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Twee of Life

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Director Mike Mills pushes audience boundaries just a little in 'Beginners,' but the cute terrier signals his real intentions.

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E.T. Film Home

J.J. Abrams' 'Super 8' is a decent period-piece sci-fi flick until Steven Spielberg covers it in sentiment and schmaltz.

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Deep Roots

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Terrence Malick’s masterful ‘The Tree of Life,’ starring Brad Pitt, digs into the psychic realms of a lost world: the 1950s.

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Scaling Up

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In 'Empire of Silver,' Palo Alto director Christina Yao has created an epic tale of Chinese history that combines action with intimacy.

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City Sounds

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Fritz Lang’s silent-film classic ‘Metropolis’ comes alive at Montalvo Arts Center on May 20 thanks to Club Foot Orchestra’s innovative live accompaniment.

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13 Assassins

A new samurai film by Takashi Miike provides all the blood and mud of combat in a tale of a suicide squad taking out a despot.

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The Beaver

Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster star in a canny but half-finished tale of a man coaxed out of depression with the help of a talking hand puppet.

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Westward Slow

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'Meek's Cutoff,' directed by Kelly Reichardt, looks at a small party of besieged Western pioneers.

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War Detectives

Canadian drama 'Incendies' tries to dissect the horrors of war in Lebanon.

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Aisle Seat

Kristen Wiig turns in a fine comic performance as a disgruntled wedding helper in 'Bridesmaids.'

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Down in the Hole

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Werner Herzog totes his 3-D cameras deep into the earth to discover the roots of human art in 'Cave of Forgotten Dreams.'

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Hammer Film

The new big-screen adaptation of the 'Thor' comic features a winning performance by hunky Chris Hemsworth as the son of Odin.

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The Princess of Montpensier

Swashbuckling in widescreen, photographed as close to Technicolor as you can get today and with a percussive soundtrack by Philippe Sarde, Bertrand Tavernier's The Princess of Montpensier re-creates a visually grander era of moviemaking. This is what one would expect from Tavernier, whose 1975 Que la fete commence is still one of the best films made about the 1700s.

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Talk to the Fist

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Donnie Yen takes on a whole raft of foreign enemies in the amusing martial arts pastiche 'Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen.'

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