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Review: ‘As Above’ so-so

This image released by Universal Pictures shows Perdita Weeks in a scene from the film, "As Above, So Below." (AP Photo/Universal Pictures)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here,” is the inscription uncovered by a gang of 20-something treasure hunters in the catacomb-hopping horror flick, “As Above, So Below.” But the warning could easily apply to viewers checking out this rather hopeless mash-up of “The Descent” and “(Rec),” not to mention a dozen other found-footage movies that have clogged the screens over the last five years.

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China courts documentaries as it limits expression

In this photo taken Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, Li Xianting, a film critic and founder of the Li Xianting Film Fund, the organizer of the Beijing Independent Film Festival smokes as he meets journalists after he was released in Beijing, China. China is avidly wooing filmmakers to create more documentaries to replace popular dating, reality and game shows. But it is also stifling material with any whiff of challenging the Communist Party line. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

BEIJING (AP) — China is wooing filmmakers at the same time as it’s cracking down on them.

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Love blossoms, wanes in Sarah Polley’s ‘Waltz’

In this Sept. 11, 2011 photo, director-screenwriter-actress Sarah Polley poses for a portrait during the 36th Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada.  (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri)

TORONTO (AP) — Sarah Polley’s getting an earful from reporters asking her just how autobiographical the marital breakup is in her latest film, “Take This Waltz.” The writer-director’s answer: It’s not autobiographical at all.

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