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Cinema of Naturalism

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When Catherine Hardwicke found her primary location to shoot "Thirteen," she didn't just choose a real lower-middle-class residence as a home for Evan Rachel Wood's troubled teen Tracy, with cramped…

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What could have been

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Comedies and comic performances don't win Oscars. Contemporary costume and production design are overlooked. Animated features don't get nominated for best picture. These are all truisms, but not…

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Pushing the envelope

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1966As a response to a perceived tide of social permissiveness, and to preempt any federal censorship, the Motion Picture Assn. of America introduces a ratings system consisting of G, M, R and X…

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The new promiscuity

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Roger Ebert thinks one of the hottest sex scenes in this year's crop of movies occurs between Sean Penn and Laura Linney in "Mystic River." The visceral force of the moment arises not from graphic…

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