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A retrospective: Anderson's dark 'Grand Budapest Hotel'

Fox Searchlight

BY BRIAN BURLAGE

A fictionalized conversation between director Wes Anderson and frequent collaborator Hugo Guinness.

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Trailer Review: 'Star Wars' teaser a blast of excitement

Disney

BY MAYANK MATHUR

It’s amazing how a few clips can catapult you back in time, back when you wished that lightsabers were real, and you thought you could magically move that lamp on your table by focusing your hands and summoning the power of the Force.

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DVDs and heartbreak

BY REBECCA LERNER

The brain doesn’t distinguish between physical and emotional pain; therefore, according to research done at the University, getting dumped has the same effect on the brain as getting burned by a hot cup of coffee. I conducted my own research on the topic of heartbreak through a relationship and recent breakup.

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Vaudevillian animation carries 'Penguins of Madagascar'

DreamWorks

BY JACOB RICH

While its animation and voice acting near perfection, “Penguins” has yet to break away from some of the more egregious kid movie sins that DreamWorks films have consistently committed.

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'Mockingjay' doesn't deliver as expected

Lionsgate

BY NOAH COHEN

The credit — and Finnick’s kiss — were the only bullseyes of this movie. This film was dramatic Absolute Zero. It wasn’t completely wrong, but it wasn’t what we came to see.

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Jon Stewart dips his feet in the serious with 'Rosewater'

Open Road Films

BY REBECCA LERNER

Though the product of a comedy legend with some moments of humor, “Rosewater” is a serious film that teaches about the political environment of Iran and press freedom.

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How should we judge acting?

Columbia

BY MAYANK MATHUR

Ultimately, this all comes down to the fact that individual performances show signs of a talented actor, but performances analyzed over time show proof of versatility; the latter is the more important when actually judging performances.

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