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April 15, 2010
  Crackerjack mystery potentially marredPDF files may take a moment to load

Mystery films haven't been consistently enjoyable since the days of film noir. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo offers a modern re-interpretation of the genre, keeping the red herrings and fake-outs that make it so great but give it a much-needed update.

Unfortunately, the film may leave a sour taste in many audiences' mouths due to its frank, brutal and near-exploitative depictions of rape and sexual abuse of women.

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April 15, 2010
  Cursing eleven-year-olds Kick-AssPDF files may take a moment to load

Take a kid in a wetsuit, team him up with a faux-Batman, a purple-wigged preteen and a dude with too much eye makeup and you have the recipe for one very interesting superhero movie.

Taking the classic superhero story -- a socially conscious nerd sees an opportunity to do good in society and works unrelentingly towards this noble goal -- and melding it with a hormone-fueled tween-age drama certainly proves to have some intriguing side effects.

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April 08, 2010
  Runaways doesn't run from clichesPDF files may take a moment to load

Outside a few moments of rock'n'roll brilliance, nothing can stop the tidal wave of overwhelming music biopic cliches that makes watching The Runaways an eye-rolling chore.

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April 01, 2010
  The upcoming Hollywood dreckPDF files may take a moment to load

In the next 12 months, 114 films are scheduled for wide release. Of those, 69 will be remakes, reboots, re-imaginings, sequels, prequels and adaptations of all variety of source material. In other words, wholly unoriginal cinematic re-hashes, asking you for a good 20 bucks to watch a story you already know.

Most of them, thanks to Avatar, will be in 3D. It's the Gauntlet's obligation to warn students of the worst of the upcoming threat as the school year ends -- before students' money is wasted.

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March 25, 2010
  Stiller shines in otherwise dull GreenbergPDF files may take a moment to load

Noah Baumbach's Greenberg causes a lot of simultaneous reactions, including refreshment, boredom and dissimulation.

It is refreshing to not have to don 3D glasses and actually watch people act on screen. Greenberg has no fancy gimmicks or brooding vampires, just people interacting the old-fashioned way.

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March 25, 2010
  Doc offers new perspective on foreign aidPDF files may take a moment to load

What Are We Doing Here is a documentary filmed and produced by three brothers and a cousin after a six-month jaunt to Africa. The quartet set off to Africa to explore the role of foreign aid and impact of western development agencies on the continent.

"Too often the same stories are recycled about Africa," says Tim Klein. "We hear about corruption, about famine, about war again and again and again. We wanted to tell a different story, focusing on some of the solutions."

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March 04, 2010
  Gauntlet Oscar picks: always rightPDF files may take a moment to load

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

BR: Vera Faminga, Up in the Air

It's going to go to Faminga. Both Nine and Crazy Heart were terrible movies, and there's two solid choices from Up in the Air. I'd like to hope that the woman who melts George Clooney's character's twisted heart gets the statue.

RP: Mo'Nique, Precious

Another straightforward choice. Mo'Nique has won most of the early awards, so she wins this, too.

Best Actress in a Leading Role

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March 04, 2010
  Local filmmakers get their shot at $100 Film FestivalPDF files may take a moment to load

Since 1992, the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers has hosted the $100 Film Festival, an opportunity and contest for low-budget films and the artists behind them to receive community recognition and support.

Held every March at the Plaza Theatre, the $100 Film Festival was originally a challenge to create short films for $100 or less.

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February 04, 2010
  Shockingly, Travolta returns to badass form in From Paris With LovePDF files may take a moment to load

From Paris With Love sneaks its way into theatres this Friday underneath everyone's radar -- except those taking potshots at the ignominious downfall of John Travolta. And while it is true that Travolta's main concern in From Paris With Love appears to be reclaiming his lost cool, the most shocking thing about the movie is that he actually succeeds.

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February 04, 2010
  Channing Tatum finds love in Notebook writer's Dear JohnPDF files may take a moment to load

For those who have read a Nicholas Sparks novel or seen a movie based on one of his tearjerkers, get ready to fall in love again with Dear John. Director Lasse Hallstrom and screenwriter Jamie Linden adapt Sparks' novel into a movie to bring us Dear John. Like Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember and The Notebook, this film is guaranteed to tug at the heartstrings as Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried bring its characters to life. 

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