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'Bang! The Bert Berns Story': Film Review

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Connoisseurs of documentaries about the Golden Age of the music business may feel they've heard this one before: Jewish kid, born in the '20s to outer-borough New Yorkers; gets a crippling disease and shouldn't live past high school; survives to be the unsung genius behind countless hits you know by heart. Bang! The Bert Berns Story has much in common with 2012's A.K.A. Doc Pomus and, even if it's a bit less polished, will be received just as warmly by music lovers, especially those with a nose for the lore of '60s powerhouse Atlantic Records.

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- John DeFore

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'7 Days' ('Sette giorni'): Film Review | Tallinn 2016

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A pair of world-weary, middle-aged dreamers behave like horny adolescents in Swiss director Rolando Colla’s latest romantic reverie, with predictably messy results. Set on an idyllic Mediterranean island, 7 Days is Colla’s follow-up project to his 2011 coming-of-age drama Summer Games, which screened in Venice and Toronto. Sensually rich and sumptuously shot, this sun-drenched two-hander is a poetic love letter to love itself, but also a wry critique of romantic fantasy. Following its international debut in competition at Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia last week, more festival bookings should follow. The evergreen theme, stunning scenery and hedonistic mood could also »


- Stephen Dalton

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'Star Wars': X-Wing Zooms In To Hollywood for 'Rogue One' Premiere

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Star Wars has definitely landed in Hollywood.

Preparations for Saturday's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story premiere have already seen some big road closures on Hollywood Blvd. — and on Tuesday, an X-Wing was spotted in the area where the stars of the film will gather in a few days.

Pictures quickly spread on social media, as apparently keeping an X-Wing secret is even trickier than keeping plans for the Death Star under wraps.

The red-carpet premiere itself also prompted major road closures in Hollywood, with the X-Wing now clogging streets up further. Road closures will last until »


- Aaron Couch

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'Abattoir': Film Review

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Viewers shouldn't get too excited, or too dismissive, when the opening scenes of Darren Lynn Bousman's Abattoir suggest it may intend to dress its swampy ghost story up in the clothing of a '30s screwball comedy. Though its plucky reporter heroine (Jessica Lowndes) displays a love for all things retro throughout, the film drops its newsroom-banter conceit early on to focus on a less familiar angle. Horror buffs may warm to the moody film, especially with few thrillers currently competing in the market; more important, journalists working the real-estate beat will have the rare thrill of seeing their career glamorized.

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- John DeFore

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Scott Snyder, Jeff Lemire Comic 'A.D.: After Death' Headed to the Big Screen (Exclusive)

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Sony has picked up the film rights to A.D.: After Death, a buzzy comic book miniseries from two of the industry's leading creators, Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire.

Josh Bratman is attached to produce the adaptation. Snyder and Lemire will serve as executive producers.

The comic, whose first issue just hit stores in November, is set in a future where a genetic cure for death has changed society and centers on a man frustrated by his never-ending life.

The three-issue book has weighty issues on its mind — aging (or lack thereof) and mortality — and »


- Borys Kit

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