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Kicking and Screaming wasn’t really a big hit when it came out in 2005. Maybe its because its number-one goal was to showcase its star verbally and physically abusing kids. Kicking and Screaming may be overlooked, but it deserves a fair shake — at least partially because it’s the kind of movie aimed at kids that adults [...]

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The Chicken and the Egg #27: Our bi-weekly movie-reference-happy comic strip here on Scene-Stealers is back!

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Judi Dench received her sixth Oscar nomination for the darkly funny oddball drama Notes on a Scandal in 2007, just as Fox Searchlight hoped she would when they released it during awards season. As an extra bonus, Cate Blanchett also received a supporting actress nomination as well — her third. The movie went on to [...]

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Rather than portray Christ (Willem Dafoe) as a person with a benevolent perma-smile whose divine light shines 24/7 , Martin Scorsese (raised a Roman Catholic) and co-screenwriter Paul Schrader (raised as a Calvinist) dare to capture his humanity.

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A movie with that same savage view and a more pointed, precognitive satire of reality TV than ‘The Hunger Games’ is ‘Series 7: The Contenders.’

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The Chicken and the Egg #26: Our bi-weekly movie-reference-happy comic strip here on Scene-Stealers is back! Can you guess what action classic is parodied here?

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It’s a good thing Criterion has restored ‘Letter Never Sent,’ and I have no doubt that its place in history as a visual wonder will be certified after more people see it.

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The Chicken and the Egg #25: Our bi-weekly movie-reference-happy comic strip here on Scene-Stealers is back! This week marks the first time one director has been referenced a second time in the strip.

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Film Noir Classics III, from Turner Classic Movies and Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation, is an impressive DVD box set of forgotten and overlooked film noirs.

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With the commercial Blu-ray release of ‘La Jetée’ and Chris Marker’s philosophical documentary ‘Sans Soleil’ by The Criterion Collection, appreciation of this intriguing and mysterious artist may reach a new level.

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The Chicken and the Egg #24: Our bi-weekly movie-reference-happy comic strip here on Scene-Stealers is back and ready to solve an age-old controversy once and for all.

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Ben Wheatley’s overlooked movie ‘Down Terrace’ is basically a surprisingly funny mumblecore movie with a focus on guns and murders instead of self-indulgent whining and indie-pop music. The film feels real without ever feeling boring, or sacrificing the hardness of the story for mushy feelings.

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The Chicken and the Egg #23: Our bi-weekly movie-reference-happy comic strip here on Scene-Stealers is back. Each week the characters recreate a famous scene from a familiar film. See if you can guess this one…

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‘Hard Candy’ is one of those intimate low-budget movie concepts that is so brilliant you can’t help wishing you had thought of it first. What makes the movie more than a great concept, though, is the sure-handed and stylish direction, some whip-smart dialogue, and a towering performance by a then-young newcomer named Ellen Page.

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Love him or hate him, writer/director Terrence Malick has yet to make a movie that doesn’t completely envelop an audience and take control of their senses for an otherworldly experience. ‘The New World’ does that 100 percent, embedding the viewer in another time when life moved at a completely different pace than it does today.

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