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The Chicken and the Egg #28: Our bi-weekly movie-reference-happy comic strip here on Scene-Stealers is back!

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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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