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Culture, The Exhibitionist Jurassic World Director Colin Trevorrow on Stepping into Spielberg's Sneakers

Jurassic World Director Colin Trevorrow on Stepping into Spielberg's Sneakers

When director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) was offered the opportunity to direct Jurassic World, he felt it was his duty to deliver something different, while remaining true to the blockbuster franchise's legacy. It was about finding balance, a…
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Film, "The Help": Self-Important and Shallow Hollywood Take on 1960s Race Relations

"The Help": Self-Important and Shallow Hollywood Take on 1960s Race Relations

More than just the Hollywood It Girl of the moment, Emma Stone is a real actress, and in The Help, she gets an ostentatious, Oscar-baiting Big Scene in which to prove it. Stone is, to borrow a phrase from Bret…
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Film, "Hereafter": Clint Eastwood and Matt Damon make a puddle of psychic ick

"Hereafter": Clint Eastwood and Matt Damon make a puddle of psychic ick

Life is wonderful, death is wow, chance is weird, and Clint Eastwood's Hereafter is a puddle of tepid ick. Is America's last cowboy icon prospecting for more Oscar gold? Taking for his map an original screenplay by British docu-dramatist Peter…
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Film, Fetish Object

Fetish Object

Why is Eclipse, the third film in the Twilight series, so fantastically successful? Why does the audience shriek and moan and giggle throughout in feverish joy? Well, perhaps they'd do that no matter what, but Eclipse is the least laughable…
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Film, All Wet

All Wet

It would be a mighty sweet thing to see M. Night Shyamalan as the great redemptive storyteller he clearly thinks he is — or as he portrays himself in those American Express commercials. Genuine yarn-spinning, even as a doomed ambition,…
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