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4:03 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Under His Parents' Shadow, Both On And Off Screen

In Americano, Martin (Mathieu Demy) goes on the road to Tijuana in search of Lola (Salma Hayek), who is supposed to inherit Martin's estranged mother's apartment.
MPI Media Group

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 4:34 pm

In his debut feature, Americano, writer-director Mathieu Demy casts himself as Martin, a brooding French real estate agent who travels to Los Angeles after his long-estranged mother dies. He plans to sell her apartment quickly — until he finds a letter in which she promises to leave the place to a friend, Lola. Martin can't locate the woman, but hears she may be in Tijuana.

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Law
3:59 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Victim: Ponzi Schemer Stanford Destroyed Families

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 4:39 pm

Texas financier R. Allen Stanford received a 110 year sentence in prison on Thursday. He bilked investors out of more than $7 billion over 20 years in what was one of the largest Ponzi schemes in U.S. history.

Europe
3:59 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Growing Economic Fractures Threaten Eurozone

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 4:39 pm

Europe's debt crisis seems to grow more dire every day as borrowing coasts for Spain and Italy soar. Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel holds the purse strings, and says that although saving the single European currency will be a Herculean task, it must be done.

Movie Reviews
3:58 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

'Rock Of Ages': Lookin' For Nothin' But A Good Time

Tom Cruise plays Stacee Jaxx, an egomaniacal rock star, in Rock of Ages. The movie features several supporting performances — including ones from Alec Baldwin, Bryan Cranston and Catherine Zeta-Jones — that outshine the main plot.
David James Warner Brothers

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 4:41 pm

Cast whatever aspersions you like at the teased-hair, spandex-clad rock 'n' roll of the '80s: base, superficial, oversexed, bleating loudly into the night without ever having much to say apart from the fact that sex, drugs and itself were all that was needed for a pretty great party.

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Movie Reviews
3:58 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Of Best Friends, Siblings And Too Much Tequila

When Jack (Mark Duplass) continues to act out a year after his brother's death, his best friend, Iris (Emily Blunt), who's also his late brother's ex-girlfriend, invites him to rest and recharge at her family's cabin.
IFC Films

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 5:25 pm

As played by Mark Duplass, Jack is a sweet guy, though that's not really something you'd guess from his lashing out at the friends who are trying to celebrate his brother's life at the memorial service that starts Your Sister's Sister.

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