Joe Leydon

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Review: 'Real Life'

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Substance abuse, star-crossed romance and uncloseted skeletons greatly complicate lives of the rich and fatuous in "Real Life," Panos Koutras' borderline-ludicrous drama about the decadent elite of…

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Review: 'Paparazzi'

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End-of-summer clearance sale continues apace with a blunt-force revenge melodrama that's notable primarily for its intriguing undercurrents of score-settling fantasy fulfillment. Co-produced by Mel…

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Review: 'The Cookout'

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When it comes to flat-out, gut-busting funny stuff, the pickings are slim in "The Cookout." Theatrical prospects are slight, which likely explains why Lions Gate tossed pic into the Labor Day weekend…

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Review: 'The Best Two Years'

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There's more frat-house bonhomie than religious fervor on display throughout latest entry in a burgeoning subgenre of small-budget indies made by, with and mostly for members of the Church of Jesus…

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Review: 'Purgatory House'

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Helmer Cindy Baer reconstitutes Jean-Paul Sartre's "No Exit" as MTV-ready fantasy in "Purgatory House," a striking but simplistic indie drama. Written by lead player Celeste Davis, pic could attract…

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