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Film, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1": Too Many Montages, Not Enough Horror

"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1": Too Many Montages, Not Enough Horror

The single advantage the awful Twilight movies have over Stephenie Meyer's awful-but-gripping novels is that, unlike the books' sad-sack, movie Bella Swan is a spiky, populist heroine. On film, Kristen Stewart beautifully underplays (or, for all I know, overplays to…
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Film, Dream Works

Dream Works

It is said that a great actor or actress can "bring down the house," but before I saw (and heard) the 25-year-old American Idol finalist Jennifer Hudson in the film version of the 1981 Broadway musical Dreamgirls, I can't recall…
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Film, No Dicking Around

No Dicking Around

The most shocking thing about Kinsey, the first film from writer/ director Bill Condon since 1998's Gods and Monsters, is how shocking it actually is. Within the confines of a standard biopic (A Beautiful Dirty Mind, you might call it),…
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Film, Zoom Lens Zoom Lens

Zoom Lens

The 27th Mill Valley Film Festival is, as always, the little film festival that can, an ambitious schedule in a modest setting. Its heralded releases include Bill Condon's Kinsey, an intelligent movie about the life of the pioneer sex researcher…
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Reel World

Remembrance of Things Fast Turbulent Arts, the upstart San Francisco distributor of John Greyson's Lilies and other deliciously edgy fare, has linked with Hollywood mover and shaker Clive Barker to produce Love and Taboo, a unique compendium of 15 original…
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