Joe Leydon

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Review: 'Man of the House'

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Tommy Lee Jones is aptly cast in the grumpy teddy bear role that used to be Walter Matthau's stock in trade. High-concept comedy about a leathery Texas Ranger forced to serve as a live-in bodyguard…

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Review: 'Trudell'

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"Trudell" obviously is a labor of love, but that may not be such a good thing. More hagiography than history, Heather Rae's long-in-production portrait of Native American activist and poet John…

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Review: 'Liquid Vinyl'

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Rambling, evocative docu homage to superstar club DJs traces dance-music culture from underground roots to global omnipresence. "Liquid Vinyl" also sounds a cautionary note regarding Internet…

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Review: 'Frozen Angels'

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If Michael Mann ever made a documentary about human-reproduction technologies, it might look a lot like "Frozen Angels," PBS-bound pic in which talking-head interviews and cinema-verite interludes…

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Review: 'The Motel'

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Indie coming-of-age dramedy about a precocious Chinese-American youth whose family operates a sleazy roadside motel signals arrival of a singularly promising filmmaker. Writer-director Michael Kang…

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Review: 'Mulan II'

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Recycling continues apace at Walt Disney, where nary an animated feature -- classic or contemporary -- is too sacrosanct to be reconstituted as a direct-to-vid sequel. But "Mulan II," now playing at…

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