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Review: ‘Raising Helen’

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An undemanding dramedy about a self-absorbed Manhattan career woman who grapples with the responsibilities of instant motherhood, "Raising Helen" should skew primarily toward an older demographic…

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Review: ‘Godsend’

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Solid performances, handsome production values and a few genuinely creepy scenes are not enough to save "Godsend." Egregiously unsatisfying ending and lack of high-voltage shocks will be enough to…

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Review: ‘Blind Horizon’

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Bound for vidstore bins and late-night cable timeslots, "Blind Horizon" is a formulaic Southwestern noir thriller glazed with arty affectations. Cast may attract undiscriminating renters -- and…

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Review: ‘Up for Grabs’

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Rookie helmer Michael Wranovics makes a credible play for major league recognition with "Up for Grabs," a sly curve ball of a documentary best described as a sports-themed "Rashomon" with an O. Henry…

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Review: ‘The Punisher’

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Second film adaptation of the Marvel Comics franchise about a heavily armed vigilante is a straight-up action-adventure that -- with Tom Jane as the lead and John Travolta as the deadly serious (and…

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Review: ‘Slasher’

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Although "Slasher" is set for June 29 premiere on IFC, a savvy distrib could get limited theatrical mileage from first nonfiction feature by vet helmer John Landis. Docu is an amusing and insightful…

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