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    SFIFF 55 Reviews: 'Goodbye,' 'Robot & Frank,' 'How to Survive a Plague,' 'Fourth Dimension'

    Only two films into the day and I’ve already been confronted with political repression, abuse, Down syndrome, and Alzheimer’s. I go to see “The Fourth Dimension,” a trilogy of films created around a set of instructions that sound Dogme-esque but more specific (stuffed animals and bad jokes must be i...

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    Tribeca Film Festival Review: Familiar Thriller 'Replicas' Boasts Strong Leads

    If you’re out in the woods in a mansion, don’t open the door to strangers. If you do, and you happen to be in a movie, prepare to be at the wrong end of a shotgun.

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    Tribeca Film Festival Review: Alex Karpovsky's 'Rubberneck' Channels Hitchcock and Chabrol

    Writer/director/actor Alex Karpovsky is a presence out there for the younger indie public – a bit Woody Allen, a bit of a geek from his own generation, with a sinister side as a pathetic, intelligent but volatile loser at love in the low-budget “Rubberneck,” which made its world premiere at the Trib...

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    Weekend Box Office Specialty Films Report: What It Means

    Three specialized films with stellar reviews opened this weekend, but the one going out the widest and also available for home viewing, "Marley," boasted the most success. Three other new releases also had parallel premieres on video-on-demand.

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    SFIFF Review: Peter Nicks' Doc 'The Waiting Room'

    "The Waiting Room" is edited to give the range of emotions observed and experienced in that space, and that range is vast. This is documentary as distilled observation. It’s also as strong an argument for universal health care that I’ve seen in years.

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    Weekend Reel Reads: Selections from the Critics You Should Know

    This week's selection of weekend reading comes from the results of last week's Critics Deserving of Wider Recognition survey. Topics include "Jaws," "Serenity," filmmaker teachers and a very funny plot pastiche.

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    This Week on Criticwire: All Kinds of Recognition

    "Recognition" seems to have been the key word over the past few days on the Criticwire blog. Whether it's shining a light on underseen talent, joining in the congratulations of a fellow critic or looking back to see what films have fared well with our grading members, it has taken m...

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    Specialty Box Office: 'Marley' Doc Scores Very Strong Debut

    Coming off the success of their doc "Jiro Dreams of Sushi," Magnolia Pictures has another doc-related reason to celebrate with the strong debut numbers from Kevin Macdonald's "Marley." Appropriately released over 4/20 weekend, the film led a batch of newcomers that included S...

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    Tribeca Review: Despite Myriad Celebrity Cameos 'Revenge For Jolly!' Is Excruciating

    Kudos to Brian Petsos, a bit actor who has pulled off an Orson Welles-level achievement in not only nabbing a brilliant cast to star in “Revenge For Jolly!” which he wrote, but also having the clout to save the lead role for himself. Welles did this with his talent, vision and status as ...

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    Weekend Box Office: 'Think Like a Man' Rousts 'Hunger Games' from Top Spot

    For the first time in five weeks Lionsgate's “The Hunger Games” did not land the top spot at the box office in North America. Screen Gems' ensemble comedy “Think Like A Man” stole that crown with a better than expected debut estimated at $33 million...

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