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Let Me In earns twin scores of 100 from the trades

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With only 4 reviews on the board, it’s way early to say Let Me In has effectively squelched the naysayers, but it’s rare enough for Variety and The Hollywood Reporter to weigh in with matching raves to warrant a mention. VARIETY: Fans of “Let the Right One In” can relax. “Cloverfield” director Matt Reeves hasn’t ruined the elegant Swedish vampire story by remaking it. If anything, he’s made some improvements,…

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The Social Network: Friends in High Places

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We’re born alone. We die alone. But in between, we are connected to people. We are connected to them because we love them. We give birth to them or give birth to us. They call us up to talk on the phone about their problems. They sleep next to us at night. They make us laugh when we buy our coffee from them, or sit next to them on airports….

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TIFF reviews in the mix for Never Let Me Go

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Salon‘s Andrew O’Hehir says Never Let Me Go is “meticulous and devastating”: Romanek does so many difficult things beautifully in this movie, which richly deserves the Oscar consideration it will surely receive. He handles a literary adaptation, he re-creates a lost world that is partly imagined but mostly real, he manages a group of characters from childhood through adulthood, and he gets haunting, underplayed performances from both Mulligan — the…

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Good early word for Affleck on The Town

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sonny points us to a positive reaction from Empire critic Damon Wise in Venice, where Ben Affleck’s The Town is screening out of competition: The Town is beautifully drawn; it has characters to care about and a situation that, though a little implausible, carries its own internal logic. And unlike that dream movie, there is real action here, with blazing guns, exhilarating car chases and violence with authentically fatal consequences….

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Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours – The Director is the Star

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It’s always interesting to see what directors will do as their next project after they win Oscars. They are given freedom that they sometimes didn’t have before as production companies have more faith in them. In some cases, directors get to do dream projects.

Then take Danny Boyle. Like his movies or not, you can’t deny that he may be one of the more eclectic directors around. He’s done horror, science fiction, romantic comedy, won an Oscar for Slumdog Millionaire, and now uses all his tricks in 127 Hours. While James Franco may occupy the screen for the entirety of the film, its all about Danny Boyle.

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A.O. Scott applauds 127 Hours & The Way Back

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Not formal reviews on the Times movie page yet — of course, those will wait for the movies to be released — but A.O. Scott has a lot of praise for two of today’s Telluride standouts on this artsblog which give us a clear idea of his enthusiasm. He says 127 Hours made an “unannounced sneak appearance,” a festival tradition, and recaps the harrowing circumstances recreated by James Franco as…

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Eric Bialas in Telluride reviews Never Let Me Go

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[NOTE: Never Let Me Go is built around a premise that reveals itself gradually with unsettling banality. The circumstances are made clear early on, but if you'd rather discover the situation unprepared then you'll want to skip reading about the details that any review will have trouble avoiding. This one included.] Never Let Me Go is a dystopian film in England that is based on the famous book with the…

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The Illusionist, video review

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Countdown to Zero: The Hidden Threat

Countdown to Zero: The Hidden Threat

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It’s sort of ironic that two movies dealing with the threat of nuclear war came out this weekend: Salt and Countdown to Zero. Salt deals with it in a comic book fashion, a great escape from the heat of summer. Salt is great because it has Angelina Jolie in one of her best action performances making our world safe for democracy. You got to love Hollywood’s answer: send in the…

The Dream Police: Inception Goes Deep

The Dream Police: Inception Goes Deep

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At some point while watching Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending, soul-churning masterpiece, Inception is a journey into the unseen rooms of the mind. It is also a slightly uncomfortably intimate look inside the mind of Nolan himself. It’s a frightening place to be, as it would be to enter anyone’s mind – dwelling in the various levels of consciousness, weaving in and out of the fears, desires and behaviors.¬† As much as…