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If You Strip The Bondage, '50 Shades' Is A Conventional Love Story

The film, based on E.L. James' best-selling novel, has been denounced by decency brigades. But it's a surprisingly mild, corny romance that affirms traditional values: It's Jane Eyre with ropes.
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Publishing Phenomenon 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Hits The Big Screen

Fifty Shades of Grey is an R-rated fairy tale, a kind of Cinderella tale with restraints. It's about as believable as Jack and the Beanstalk but considerably kinkier in intent.
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'Fifty Shades' Director Explores Passion, Performance And Control

Fifty Shades of Grey is expected to be a blockbuster — and the director, Sam Taylor-Johnson, is a relative unknown outside of the art world, where she's a star. NPR's Neda Ulaby has a profile.
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'Ida' Director Made Film To 'Recover The Poland' Of His Childhood

The film is set in 1962 in Poland where director Pawel Pawlikowski lived until he was 14. Up for an Oscar for best foreign language film, Ida is about identity, faith, guilt and socialism.
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Filmmaker Takes Stand Against Extremism In Oscar-Nominated 'Timbuktu'

Abderrahmane Sissako's film was inspired by the seizure of the Malian city by Islamist fighters in 2012. It has won international accolades with its lyrical beauty and critique of religious extremism.
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From 'Batman' To 'Birdman,' Michael Keaton Knows Suits And Superheroes

Keaton says his 1989 bat suit was downright claustrophobic, but he somehow made it work. In the existential comedy Birdman, Keaton plays a washed-up, insecure actor looking for a second shot at fame.
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Korean Dictator, All-American Dad: One Actor's 'Very Unique Year'

When Randall Park realized how important the sitcom Fresh Off The Boat was going to be, he got cold feet — until the real-life Eddie Huang talked him down. Then came the storm over The Interview.
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100 Years Later, What's The Legacy Of 'Birth Of A Nation'?

D.W. Griffith's film premiered in Los Angeles a century ago Sunday. In many ways, the movie — three hours of racist propaganda — was the beginning of Hollywood.
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What Do We Do 'In The Shadows?' Dishes, Mostly

Jemaine Clement, famed Flight of the Conchords member, is now a vampire. He and co-star/director Taika Waititi play squabbling bloodsucker flatmates in the new mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows.
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Second 'SpongeBob' Movie Is A Nonsensical, Loud, Choppy Triumph

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water is visually an eyesore — a kaleidoscope of bright, mismatched colors, and in 3-D to make your headache stronger. The movie makers hit the bull's-eye.

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