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Winter Sleep

The running time of his new picture Winter Sleep, three hours and change, suggests weight, but at it happens, this movie struck me as both…

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Mr. Turner

Filmmaker Mike Leigh's biography of the landscape painter J.M.W. Turner is what critics call "austere"—which means it's slow and grim and deliberately hard to love—yet…

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Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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Monsieur Hire

Patrice Leconte's "Monsieur Hire" is a tragedy about loneliness and erotomania, told about two solitary people who have nothing else in common. It involves a…

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The Winners! They Outguessed Ebert

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The champion predictor of the 2010 Outguess Ebert contest is Linda Fields of Hobart, Indiana. Of the 7,236 entries, 21 readers got all ten categories right. She's a server at Gino's steakhouse in Merrillville, IN, and will be taking her husband, Sam, on her free trip to Los Angeles. They're been married for 20 years; he's a retired railroad worker.

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What I miss most about the Oscars

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For many years George Penacchio of KABC and I co-hosted the Oscar Night red carpet interviews for the ABC owned & operated stations. It was fun. It's the one night in a year of dreaded red carpet gauntlets that stars actually seem to enjoy.

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No pain for "Hurt Locker," Bigelow

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HOLLYWOOD — "The Hurt Locker," a film that was made with little cash but limitless willpower, defeated the highest-grossing film in history and won the best picture Oscar here Sunday night. The director of the spine-chilling war drama, Kathryn Bigelow, became the first woman to ever win the best director Oscar. James Cameron, director of "Avatar" — and her former husband — cried all the way to the bank.

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Leonardo DiCaprio: 'I like characters who aren't always what they seem'

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"Shutter Island," which opens Friday, is the fourth film Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese have made together, and the most unexpected. It's not a biopic ("The Aviator") or a modern gangster movie ("The Departed") or a historical gangster movie ("Gangs of New York"). It securely occupies that most American of genres, the film noir -- the dark film, the film that takes place in the shadows of human nature.

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