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Movies: ‘Evil Dead’

When I learned there was a remake of Sam Raimi’s immortal “The Evil Dead,” I was very, very concerned.
The “Evil Dead” trilogy: “The Evil Dead” in 1981, the cleverly titled “Evil Dead II” in 1987, and “Army of Darkness” in 1992‚ occupy a special place in the caca pantheon.

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A Tale of Fathers and Sons

Movies: ‘The Place Beyond the Pines’

Recalling Orson Welles’s “Touch of Evil,” “The Place Beyond the Pines” opens with a bravura tracking shot. The camera follows Luke (Ryan Gosling) as he walks from his tent through a crowded midway to a larger tent, climbs on his motorcycle and drives it into a steel ribbed sphere where he and two other performers race around and upside down without ever crashing. It is ominous and riveting.

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Growing up English And Fearing The Bomb

Movies: ‘Ginger and Rosa’

What we have here are two girls, best friends from birth, bonded since their mothers clasped each others’ hands during childbirth at the end of World War II.
Written and directed by Sally Potter, who drew from her own memories growing up in England in the shadow of the bomb, “Ginger and Rosa” reveals the inner workings of female friendship and the helplessness — and manipulations — of adolescence.

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Not Worth the Price of . . .

Movies: ‘Admission’

If you’re going to skewer the world of Ivy League college admissions and the cut-throat competition that takes place in the elite prep schools below – our very own Hotchkiss prominently included – then, gosh darn it, go for the gusto.
Spare nothing and no one. Call Rodney Dangerfield back from beyond and make Bill Murray your chief admissions officer. How about Whoopi Goldberg for university president? I like it!

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Seeking Changes in Gun Sale Laws

Movies: ‘Living for 32’

The movie is titled “Living for 32,” and its subject is guns, or, rather, managing guns to keep them out of the hands of children, felons and disturbed persons.
The number 32 refers to the people killed in 2007 at Virginia Tech by a student there. It refers also to the number of people killed every day in this country by guns, says Virginia Tech survivor Colin Goddard, a low-key, affable 25-year-old who is the major figure in this 40-minute documentary.

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Incredible? Yes, Inscrutable Too

Movies: ‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone’
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It’s a curious comedy, “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.” It’s about magicians in Las Vegas, starring Steve Carell as the incredible Burt, Steve Buscemi as his partner, Anton Marvelton, and Jim Carrey as rival cable TV magician Steve Gray, Brain Rapist.
   That’s right. Steve Gray, Brain Rapist.

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Speaking Of the Dangers Within

Movies: ‘The Gatekeepers’

Near the beginning of “The Gatekeepers,” Dror Moreh’s riveting documentary film about Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service, we witness a targeted assassination of Palestinian terrorist leaders. “There’s something unnatural about it, to take three lives,” former Shin Bet chief Avi Dichter says softly.

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Adrift in Another World

Theater: ‘Adrift in Macao’

The place is Macao, a seedy island off the southern coast of China known for gambling, drugs and lost souls. The time, 1952, the same year that “Macao,” a Hollywood picture starring Robert Mitchum and Jane Russell about gambling, drugs and lost souls came to your local RKO.

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Where is Frank Baum When You Need Him?

Movies: ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’

The new prequel to “The Wizard of Oz” has a few moments of spirit, magic and heart; or perhaps I mean brains, heart and nerve, but it takes two dull dispiriting hours to get to them.

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A Vision of Hell

Movies: ‘Lore’

We will have to wait another 50 weeks until the next Oscars, but the German-Australian masterpiece “Lore” will certainly be in any discussion of best foreign-language picture, if not best picture, period.
It could well be the finest war movie ever made — not like a “Patton” or “The Hurt Locker,” but rather as a depiction of the horrors of war visited on ordinary people, families and children.

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