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The Movie Jon Favreau Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Actor-writer-director Jon Favreau could watch Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets a million times. "As a young boy being able to see an R-rated violent movie with language in it was exciting," he says, "but what I didn't realize as I was younger was that I was watching a master filmmaker."
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'Keep The Lights On': Nuanced Take On Doomed Love

Ira Sachs' reportedly semi-autobiographical romantic drama, Keep the Lights On, follows the nine-year relationship between a filmmaker and a drug-addicted lawyer. The couple on screen is falling apart, but the film itself is sure-footed and satisfying, says critic Bob Mondello.
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'Bachelorette' Sounds Dark Comedic Depths

Leslye Headland makes her directorial debut with this adaptation of her own play about three bridesmaids whose bad habits and emotional issues threaten to undermine their friend's impending wedding. It's tonally uneven but engrossing, says critic David Edelstein.
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Actor Michael Clarke Duncan Was A 'Gentle Giant'

Actor Michael Clarke Duncan died on Monday in Los Angeles. He was 54 years old. Duncan was nominated for an Oscar for his work in The Green Mile.
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'Ambassador' Spotlights African Corruption

Danish filmmaker Mads Brugger posed as a diplomat to document rampant corruption in the Central African Republic. If the way Brugger is acting on camera makes us uncomfortable, the film asks, why aren't we doing more to stop it when it happens on a much larger scale.
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2012 Summer Movie Season Ends With A Whimper

A typically slow Labor Day weekend ended a summer that failed to live up to Hollywood's expectations. The number of movie tickets sold this summer was about 533 million, down 4 percent from 2011 and the lowest since an industry analyst began compiling summer figures 20 years ago.
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'Green Mile' Actor Michael Clarke Duncan Dies At 54

Actor Michael Clarke Duncan has died at age 54, according to his fiancée, the Rev. Omarosa Manigault. Known for his large size and deep, resonant voice, Duncan received an Oscar nomination for his performance in The Green Mile. The actor's death is "a tragic loss," says his manager.

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