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    Tribeca Review: 'Extraterrestrial' Is An Example of How Not to Make a Horror Film

    The Vicious Brothers wrote the initial draft of the screenplay for "Extraterrestrial" while they were in college — and it shows.

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    Tribeca Review: 'Miss Meadows' Starring Katie Homes And James Badge Dale

    Moviegoers who are slaves to genre aren't going to have much love for the legitimately out-of-control “Miss Meadows." This whatsit begins with a prim and proper maiden talking to CGI squirrels and birds before firing a pistol into the throat of an obvious sex offender in the middle of a sunny suburb...

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    A Sharper Focus On Hollywood And WWII

    In "Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War," author Mark Harris has dug into primary (and private) source material to divulge the full story as no one has before.

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    Review: Terrifying, Suspenseful Thriller 'Blue Ruin'

    Dwight (Macon Blair), the lead character of “Blue Ruin,” is a haggard, defeated, middle-aged man. His clothing clings to him, as if to avoid callously slipping to the ground. His beard seems to have formed on his face the way weeds gather on undernourished lawns. One of our first glimpses of his eye...

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    Tribeca Review: Amy Berg’s ‘Every Secret Thing’ Starring Elizabeth Banks, Dakota Fanning & Diane Lane

    Pitched somewhere between a David Fincher crime procedural, a Denis Lehane suspense novel and a “Mommie Dearest” melodrama, documentarian Amy Berg’s move into the feature-length world of dramatic narrative is by nature of the material, an uneven one. It’s not for want of trying, however. Making her ...

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    "In Your Eyes" Is the Worst Thing Joss Whedon Has Done in Decades

    You have to go back to Joss Whedon's early days as a screenwriter for hire to find his name on something this impersonal.

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    Review: Argentina's Outstanding 'The German Doctor' Finds a Heart of Darkness in Gorgeous Patagonia

    In the opening sequence of Lucía Puenzo’s “The German Doctor,” a family in 1960 Argentina takes a road trip across the wide, Cinemascoped expanse of Patagonia’s countryside. But they’re not alone. Following closely behind is a blue sedan, and in it, the Angel of Death -- or at least the man who was ...

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    Tribeca Review: How the Anton Yeltchin Drama '5 to 7' Represents the Worst Aspects of the 'Famous Writer' Genre

    A blank, unpublished slate at the film's beginning, these mild-turning-bold characters lose their innocence and find a topic — usually heartbreak — discovering themselves by the end credits.

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    Tribeca Review: Incendiary Political Documentary '1971'

    On March 8th, 1971, the Citizens Committee To Investigate The FBI convened to break into FBI offices in Media, Pennsylvania. The result, as the new documentary “1971” dares to argue, is a significant, but temporary shift in an ongoing struggle between the general public and the government, one that ...

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    Tribeca Review: How Italian Box Office Hit 'Human Capital' Addresses the Financial Crisis

    Human Capital" works as an intricately structured soap opera. But it is also a movie that rests entirely on the not-quite-chicken-egg question of economic crisis.

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