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Film, "Closed Circuit": The Brits Love to Remind Us They're Always Being Watched

"Closed Circuit": The Brits Love to Remind Us They're Always Being Watched

Closed Circuit In a modern-day London of ubiquitous surveillance and perpetual malfeasance (and there we have the double-meaning of the movie's title), Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall are lawyers, and former lovers, defending a suspected terrorist. That's challenging enough, but…
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Film, "Hanna": Teen Girl Kicks Major Ass in Taut Thriller

"Hanna": Teen Girl Kicks Major Ass in Taut Thriller

The era of the teenage action heroine is fully upon us. As pop-cultural correctives go, it's a mixed blessing. In one corner, you've got the jailbait fantasies of Donkey Punch and Kick Ass, which eagerly trade on notions of naughty…
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Film, J.J. Abrams' <i>Star Trek</i> is proof that a franchise can live long and prosper

J.J. Abrams' Star Trek is proof that a franchise can live long and prosper

It's difficult for this longtime Trekkie to review J.J. Abrams' relaunching of the U.S.S. Enterprise. It's difficult to dispassionately dole out compliments and complaints per the job description. Because, yes, the professional critic understands: This is Paramount Pictures' latest effort…
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Film, Sister Act

Sister Act

"When you sleep with the king, it ceases to be a private matter." And so it comes to pass that young Mary Boleyn (Scarlett Johansson) must stand before her father, Sir Thomas (Mark Rylance), and her uncle, the Duke of…
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Film, Tragedy Re-Revisited

Tragedy Re-Revisited

Those who will sit around wondering whether Munich is the work of an anti-Israeli or just a self-hating Jew -- which is to say, Steven Spielberg, who has been branded both by Israeli officials and newspaper columnists in recent weeks…
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Film, Pitt and the Pabulum

Pitt and the Pabulum

In the mood to launch a thousand ships? Fine, but it's gonna cost you. Feel like sacking the Temple of Apollo? OK, but bring drachmas. Depending on who's counting, Warner Bros.' pre-summer blockbuster Troy budgeted out at anywhere between $175…
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