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Review: ’5th Estate’ stimulating but too frenetic

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Ripped from headlines that still feel wet, “The Fifth Estate” dramatizes the fast, controversial rise of anonymous-whistleblower website WikiLeaks and its figurehead, Julian Assange.

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Review: ‘After Earth’ a disappointing sci-fi tale

This film publicity image released by Sony - Columbia Pictures shows Jaden Smith in a scene from "After Earth."  AP/Sony, Columbia Pictures

Humanity’s home planet hardly merits the name-check in “After Earth,” M. Night Shyamalan’s sci-fi survival tale whose shipwreck action could (with the exception of a scene where our hero scrawls a crude map over Lascaux-like cave paintings) take place on any old life-supporting globe in the cosmos.

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A ‘vulnerable’ Tony Stark in ‘Iron Man 3’

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DOWNEY AND PALTROW. Spectacularly engaging high-wire act.

Taking off from the success of “Iron Man 2”, the third instalment of the “Iron Man” film franchise for the first time highlights the vulnerability of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) without his iron suit.

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Review: ‘Chainsaw’ loving homage to ’74 original

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This undated publicity film image from Lionsgate shows Alexandra Daddario, as Heather Miller in a scene from "Texas Chainsaw 3-D," releasing in theaters on Friday, January 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Lionsgate, Justin Lubin)

Watching “Texas Chainsaw 3-D,” the latest screen incarnation of the iconic chainsaw-wielding maniac Leatherface, the mind fairly reels. This purported direct sequel to Tobe Hooper’s 1974 horror classic cheerfully ignores that director’s own 1986 follow-up, the 1997 and 2003 remakes, the 2006 prequel and even its basic timeline. It scores points for sheer brazenness.

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MMFF 2012 raises its game

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LOCSIN (LEFT) AND MONTANO. Turn in memorable portrayals in “One More Try” and “El Presidente,” respectively.

Brillante Mendoza’s “Thy Womb” and Mark Meily’s “El Presidente” may not be the 38th Metro Manila Film Festival’s top crowd-drawers (“Sisterakas,” “Si Agimat, Si Enteng Kabisote at Si Ako” and “One More Try,” in that order, topped the box office on opening day), but their inclusion in the eight-entry lineup marks a timely changing of the guard that raises the annual film event’s game. Both movies should be patronized, because they characterize the type of innovative, unconventional features that the festival was conceptualized for in the ’70s.

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Review: ‘Central Park Five’ sets record straight

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This film image released by Sundance Selects shows accused rapist Yusef Salaam being escorted by police in New York in 1990. Salaam is the subject of the documentary, "The Central Park Five," about the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. AP/Sundance Selects, NY Daily News

“The Central Park Five” takes an emotionally charged subject — the wrongful conviction and imprisonment of five black and Hispanic teenage boys for the rape of a white female jogger — and makes its case in a straightforward, detached manner.

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Knock-offs, retreads and rehashes at MMFF 2011

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SANTOS AND AGONCILLO. Keep the story rolling along—and the laughs coming.

Has the local movie industry run out of ideas? You can’t sit through most of the seven entries of this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival and say that you’ve seen something fresh and truly original: As Enteng Kabisote (Vic Sotto) figures in an odd romance with Ina Montecillo (AiAi delas Alas), Flavio (“Panday 2”) finds himself entangled in a strange romantic three-way roundelay with—a “closeted” fairy (Iza Calzado) and a jealous, fire-breathing dragon (Marian Rivera)! Love knows no boundaries, indeed.

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Aniston goes raunchy for “Horrible Bosses”

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Jennifer Aniston, a cast member in "Horrible Bosses," listens to a reporter's question at the premiere of the film, Thursday, June 30, 2011, in Los Angeles. The film is released on July 8. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

In her new film, “Horrible Bosses,” Jennifer Aniston’s character is one you haven’t seen her play before. She’s a dentist who sexually harasses her assistant, complete with lewd dialogue, revealing outfits and outlandish advances.

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