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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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Review: ‘Junebug’

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A breakthrough performance by appealing up-and-comer Amy Adams, who won a Sundance acting prize, should spark favorable press and aud awareness for "Junebug," Phil Morrison's understated dramedy…

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Review: ‘Police Beat’

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As a dreamlike dramatization of the disconnection between the inner thoughts of a lovelorn cop and everyday events on his Seattle patrols, "Police Beat" ranges from deadpan absurdity to heartfelt…

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Review: ‘Boogeyman’

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Effectively atmospheric and unusually involving thriller tells the story of a distraught young man's protracted duel of wits with the eponymous evildoer. Despite Screen Gems' evident low…

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