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Film, "The Debt": Mossad Revenge Flick Made Safe for Middlebrow Crowd

"The Debt": Mossad Revenge Flick Made Safe for Middlebrow Crowd

A remake of the far more brisk 2007 Israeli film with a bullpen of aging stars, this rather old-fashioned espionage drama seems deftly engineered to please the middlebrow minions allergic to superheroes and vampires. It's hardly a challenging film, though…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Avatar</i>

Avatar

The money is on the screen in James Cameron's mega-3-D, mondo-CGI, more-than-a-quarter-billion-dollar baby, and the bling is almost blinding. For the first 45 minutes, I'm thinking: Metropolis! Then the 3-D wears off and the long second act kicks in. The…
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Film, <i>Avatar</i>: All that glitters isn't gold

Avatar: All that glitters isn't gold

The money is on the screen in Avatar, James Cameron's mega-3-D, mondo-CGI, more-than-a-quarter-billion-dollar baby, and, like the Hope Diamond waved in front of your nose, the bling is almost blinding. For the first 45 minutes, I'm thinking: Metropolis! — and…
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Film, Save yourself from McG's <i>Terminator</i>

Save yourself from McG's Terminator

Both warning and advertisement, the Terminator films are technophobic teases, selling tickets by promising this decade's model of killing machine: the classic V8 1984 Schwarzenegger; the bullet-streamlined, liquid-metal '91 Robert Patrick of T2: Judgment Day; Kristanna Loken's 2003 T-X (with…
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Film, Head Over Heels

Head Over Heels

There are lots of ways to grow up. The method offered by Somersault is to do something awful and then flee from it. This dreamy, sexy, and rather chilly coming-of-age story from Australia captures a teenager's attempt to escape her…
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