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Steven Soderbergh Goes ‘Behind the Candelabra’

For those too young to remember, once upon a time in a magical land known as “the Fifties,” there lived a pianist known as Liberace. Liberace was quite a popular entertainer, especially with the ladies, which was odd because he was often referred to in hushed tones as “flamboyant.” That was code for, well, you [...]

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Girls Gone Wild — Spring Breakers

So, yeah, Harmony Korine. Love him or hate him, Korine is one of those filmmakers everyone has an opinion about. Is he a visionary genius? An overrated hack? Whatever he is, one thing is certain: His movies arouse such polarizing opinions because they are typically pretty odd. And his latest flick, Spring Breakers, might just [...]

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More Than John Hughes — The Spectacular Now

One of the hits of this year’s Sundance Film Fest was The Spectacular Now, a small coming-of-age flick directed by James Ponsoldt. However, after seeing it at SXSW, I have to say it’s almost insulting to label such a sharp, perceptive film as a “coming-of-age flick.”

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The Anti-Rom-Com — Silver Linings Playbook

A romantic comedy seems like an odd choice for director David O. Russell, a man who loves his rage and dysfunction. But Silver Linings Playbook is not your standard rom-com. Though it traffics in screwball set pieces and loopily works its way to the inevitable happy ending, there’s not a single character here that’s not [...]

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