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Kenneth Turan, Film Critic

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Review: 'Red Obsession' takes on China and the Bordeaux mania

Movie review: Wealthy Chinese and their passion for Bordeaux make a compelling subject in the Russell Crowe-narrated 'Red Obsession.'

Review: Niels Arestrup clearly dominates in 'You Will Be My Son'

Movie review: Niels Arestrup's tyrant father captivates in Gilles Legrand's classic French melodrama 'You Will Be My Son.'

Review: 'Wadjda' a notable feat for Saudi director Haifaa Mansour

Movie review: Though the story of a Saudi girl's quest is more generic than involving, 'Wadjda' is a triumph for Haifaa Mansour.

Review: 'Populaire' a frothy French comedy

Movie review: Set in the 1950s, a young woman's speed-typing potential prompts her ultra-competitive boss to take her under his wing in "Populaire."

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Review: 'The Servant' still delivers a chill

'The Servant' movie review: Restored for its 50th anniversary, the film gives an icy look at the upper class and power. Joseph Losey directs and Dirk Bogarde stars.

Movie review: 'Closed Circuit' cranks up paranoia over Big Brother

Movie review: 'Closed Circuit,' John Crowley's timely thriller starring Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall and Julia Stiles about government surveillance and terrorism in Britain, is well acted but fairly contrived.

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William Friedkin celebrates a Golden Lion, restored 'Sorcerer'

Director William Friedkin is marking not just a Golden Lion for lifetime achievement from the Venice Film Festival but the restoration of "Sorcerer."

Review: Wong Kar-wai's 'The Grandmaster' has great martial arts style

'The Grandmaster' from Wong Kar-wai stars Tony Leung as Ip Man, who trained Bruce Lee. It's a sweet feast of martial arts action.

Review: The exceptional 'Short Term 12' comes by its pain honestly

Young people navigate the troubled waters of a foster care home in Destin Daniel Cretton's genuine and moving 'Short Term 12.'

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Review: A visual tapestry unfolds during 'Museum Hours'

Review: The power of art moves strangers in 'Museum Hours,' Jem Cohen's observational quasi-documentary with a fictional overlay.

Review: 'When Comedy Went to School' is good for a few laughs

Movie Review: Despite digressions into Jewish history, 'When Comedy Went to School,' a look at stand-up acts in the Catskills, is worth a laugh.

Review: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' significant but often contrived

Lee Daniels' penchant for excess gets in the way of 'The Butler,' though Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey lead a strong cast.

Review: 'Europa Report' gets good mileage from low-budget sci-fi

Movie review: Sebastian Cordero's mock documentary 'Europa Report' starring Sharlto Copley, Michael Nyqvist and Rosa Dasque is a visually striking and convincingly scary space trip to a Jupiter moon.

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Review: Taut 'Our Children' captures a complex power relationship

Movie review: In 'Our Children,' a young mother unravels and does the unthinkable. Emilie Dequenne, Niels Arestrup and Tahar Rahim star.

Review: Despite Matt Damon, 'Elysium' disappoints

Movie review: Matt Damon can't save the politically conscious, pedestrian 'Elysium.' Neill Blomkamp ('District 9') directs.

Review: Layers of suffering and joy mingle in 'Rising From Ashes'

Movie review: The improbable story of a Rwandan national cycling team formed after the '94 genocide delivers more than expected.

Review: 'The Canyons' lives down to expectations

Paul Schrader's 'The Canyons,' written by Bret Easton Ellis and starring Lindsay Lohan and James Deen, is boring and pretentious.

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Review: '2 Guns' slick, but Washington and Wahlberg grate

Movie review: Baltasar Kormakur's '2 Guns' is an action-packed show, but Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg mostly irritate.

Review: 'The Act of Killing' re-creates Indonesian slaughters

Joshua Oppenheimer's gripping documentary 'The Act of Killing' has Indonesian national heroes re-create their violence cinematically.

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Review: A grumbling 'Wolverine' dilutes Hugh Jackman's powers

Movie review: Not even Hugh Jackman can rescue James Mangold's 'Wolverine,' with effective action dragged down by scattered plot.

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Review: Not even Johnny Depp can rescue 'The Lone Ranger'

The Johnny Depp starrer tips its hat at 'Lone Ranger' mythology, but there's little overall that's appealing in this 'Pirates of the Caribbean'-like film.

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Review: 'Fruitvale Station' an incendiary portrait of a life cut short

Movie review: Ryan Coogler skillfully balances hope and despair in 'Fruitvale Station,' the true tale of police shooting victim Oscar Grant.

Review: 'Somm': Wine, men and one brutal test

Jason Wise's glib but engaging documentary follows four guys who expend extraordinary effort to pass the master sommelier exam.

Review: 'White House Down' is hard to believe, easy to enjoy

Review: Roland Emmerich's 'White House Down,' starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx, involves a terrorist takeover of the White House, defying plausibility but taking a thrilling ride.

Review: Revisit Jean-Pierre Melville's world of crime in 'Un Flic'

'Un Flic,' with Alain Delon and Catherine Deneuve, has many of the traits that made Jean-Pierre Melville a favorite for crime film fans.

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Review: 'World War Z' gets a rise from the undead

Movie review: With 'World War Z's' manic energy (those zombies) and a charismatic leading man (Brad Pitt), the smartly done film is fun and thrilling to watch.

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Review: 'The Attack' deftly explores emotions after suicide bombing

'The Attack' movie review: An Israeli Palestinian doctor (Ali Suliman) in Tel Aviv has his world turned upside down at the revelation his wife could be a suicide bomber.

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Review: 'A Hijacking' rides waves of tension

'A Hijacking,' a fine Danish thriller from Tobias Lindholm, follows the crew of a ship captured by pirates in the Indian Ocean and negotiators in Copenhagen.

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Review: In 'Man of Steel,' Henry Cavill soars over an erratic plot

Henry Cavill's Superman is muscular yet sensitive, but 'Man of Steel' director Zack Snyder doesn't balance spectacle and emotion as well.

Review: 'Big Men' hits a gusher of oil and greed

Movie review: Rachel Boynton's compelling documentary 'Big Men' follows what happens when Texas oil exploration firm Kosmos Energy makes an enormous discovery called the Jubilee Field off the coast of Ghana.

Cannes 2013: Palme d'Or goes to 'Blue Is the Warmest Color'

The Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or goes to "Blue Is the Warmest Color," and Ethan and Joel Coen's "Inside Llewyn Davis" wins the Grand Prize.

Review: 'Twenty Feet From Stardom' puts backup singers center stage

Morgan Neville's documentary 'Twenty Feet From Stardom' is a moving, joyous look at Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer and others.

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Movie review: 'Much Ado About Nothing' a tasty snack for Bard lovers

Movie review: A slimmed-down version of 'Much Ado About Nothing,' directed by Joss Whedon, is a modern, engaging, black and white Shakespearean affair starring Alexis Denisof, Fran Kranz, Amy Acker and Jillian Morgese.

Review: Transfixing 'Fill the Void' looks at love by arrangement

'Fill the Void' movie review: The film about arranged marriage in an ultra-Orthodox community won seven Ophirs, Israel's Academy Awards. Hadas Yaron is a torn teen.

Film review: 'Deceptive Practice' weaves its own kind of magic

The documentary 'Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay' offers a peek into the wonderful world of this contemporary master of manipulation.

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Alexander Payne feels at home with 'Nebraska'

Alexander Payne finds that a long delay in making the impressive "Nebraska," a Cannes Film Festival offering, deepened the material for him.

Asghar Farhadi goes for maximum emotional impact in his films

That is again on display in Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi's latest, 'The Past,' which shares some similarities with his Oscar-winning 'A Separation.'

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Review: 'Kon-Tiki' a tale retold of determined seafarers

Movie review: 'Kon-Tiki' is based on the 1947 book of the same name, in which six men attempt to cross the ocean on a raft to prove Polynesians originated in pre-Inca Peru centuries ago. Thor Heyerdahl was the fearless leader, and this film captures the journey and the man in thrilling detail.

Movie review: 'Stories We Tell' looks at truth, secrecy and memory

Writer-director Sarah Polley's personal documentary "Stories We Tell" reveals complexities and contradictions within her own family that will resonate with filmgoers as well.

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Cannes Film Festival projects cross-cultural cinema

The Cannes Film Festival includes such cross-cultural collaborations as 'Only God Forgives' with Ryan Gosling, Asghar Farhadi's 'Le Passe' and more.

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Review: 'Gatsby's' substance overwhelmed by Luhrmann's style

'The Great Gatsby,' directed by Baz Luhrmann, is a smothering spectacle for the audience and actors alike, though Leonardo DiCaprio succeeds in the lead role.

Review: 'Frances Ha' a charming portrait of youth and spirit

Director Noah Baumbach and star Greta Gerwig have created an irresistible character in 'Frances Ha.'

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Cannes keeps being film industry's place to be

The Cannes Film Festival has changed in many ways over the decades, but those changes have kept it vital to the film scene.

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Review: 'Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's' engages the senses

Matthew Miele's documentary 'Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's' about Manhattan's Bergdorf Goodman is no mere window dressing, going behind the scenes to showcase the luxury store in all its complexity.

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Review: Intimate portrait of 'Venus and Serena'

Directors Maiken Baird and Michelle Major get up close and personal in 'Venus and Serena,' an involving look at the sisters who've changed the face of women's tennis.

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Review: 'Iron Man 3' smartly reboots the suit midflight

'Iron Man 3': Shane Black takes over the franchise — still with Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle — and gives it an effective spiritual reboot.

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Review: 'From Up on Poppy Hill' a sweet triumph for Miyazaki duo

Father-and-son Hayao and Goro Miyazaki have created an animated wonder in 'From Up on Poppy Hill, which looks with poetic nostalgia at 1960s Japan.

Review: 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone's' title oversells movie

'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,' starring Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Jim Carrey, Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin, doesn't get the most out of its talented cast.

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Oscars 2013: Ang Lee is worthy, but better than Steven Spielberg?

The directors' snubs heavily influenced the awards. Ang Lee is worthy, but better than Steven Spielberg?

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Movie review: 'Zero Dark Thirty' tracks Bin Laden's dramatic takedown

In director Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," Jessica Chastain is a revelation as a CIA operative whose dogged legwork helped lead U.S. forces to Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Best movies of 2012: 'Argo,' 'Lincoln,' 'Dark Knight Rises,' more

2012's end of the year rush is especially bountiful. 'Argo,' 'Les Miserables,' 'Zero Dark Thirty' and 'Silver Linings Playbook' mix old and new.

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Review: Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln' a towering achievement

History comes alive in the best way in 'Lincoln,' which finds director Steven Spielberg and star Daniel Day-Lewis at the top of their form.

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Tony Scott, Hollywood's shooter extraordinaire

Critic's Notebook: The late Tony Scott filled the screen with glorious movement in films like 'Top Gun,' giving adults a professional's take on action.

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Film critic Judith Crist taught her students well

For more than 50 years the late Judith Crist passed on her passion for the craft of film reviewing, changing lives, including this Times critic's, along the way.

Movie review: Jolie is worth her 'Salt'

The actress continues to prove she can handle guns, grenades and the bad guys even if the story line is implausible.

Movie review: 'Warrior'

This family drama about the world of mixed martial arts shows promise before ultimately overdosing on its own testosterone, leaving viewers feeling as pummeled as the on-screen warriors.

Review: Oliver Stone overdoes the brutality in 'Savages'

'Savages' movie review: Oliver Stone puts the violence front and center. Based on Don Winslow's novel, the film stars Blake Lively, Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch.

'Hancock'

'Wall-E'

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