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    Review: Beautiful And Unique 'Winter In The Blood'

    It’s been over a decade since twin brothers Alex and Andrew Smith’s film “The Slaughter Rule,” starring Ryan Gosling, debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2002. Their followup film “Winter in the Blood,” adapts a novel by Native American Montana author James Welch and is set in their home state...

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    Interview: Director Donovan Cook on “Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers”

    New to Blu-ray is one of Disney’s best made-for-DVD animated features (yes, there are good ones): Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers. Donovan Cook (Return to Neverland, 2 Stupid Dogs, Nightmare Ned, Duckman) was the director behind this overlooked Mickey masterpiece - and he recalls working...

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    Review: Will Arnett & Aaron Paul Carry the Self-Aware 'BoJack Horseman' Out of the Glue Factory, But Not Much Further

    While there's very little original material underneath the obvious -- and enjoyable -- personification of animals, "Bojack Horseman" still manages to carve out a spot in the Netflix rotation with its stars' amiable nature and simplistic but alluring animation.

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    Review: 'To Be Takei' Shows How George Takei Became a Gay Icon

    George Takei wears his identity proudly. But as this new documentary attests, it wasn't always that way.

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    Review: 'To Be Takei' Explores The Personal And Political Sides Of The 'Star Trek' Icon

    Anyone who follows George Takei on Facebook, has tuned in to his frequent appearances on “The Howard Stern Show,” or marveled at one of his amazing Amazon reviews (seriously, look them up), knows that the former “Star Trek” actor lives life with an unprecedented amount of zippy good humor, especiall...

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    Review: Enticing And Memorable Sundance Winner 'Metro Manila'

    If you're not into niche genre stuff like indie slasher films, Asian action flicks and ridiculously over-the-top monster movies then it's likely that you haven't even heard of the Fantasia Film Festival. For close to three full weeks this international festival descends upon the city of Montreal lik...

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    'Clouds of Sils Maria' and 'Cure: The Life of Another' Reveal Where the Bechdel Test Comes Up Short

    Both movies easily get a passing grade from the famed feminist metric, but only one features meaningful interaction between women.

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    Review: Chris Marker's 'Level Five' Displays The Work Of A Mastermind Theorist

    Back on the big screen as part of BAM Rose Cinema's retrospective of his work, Chris Marker’s 1996 documentary “Level Five” is a staunch reminder of the singular cinematic oeuvre left behind by the filmmaker.

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    Review: Funny, Emotionally Honest 'The One I Love' Starring Elisabeth Moss And Mark Duplass

    At first blush, "The One I Love" appears to be just the latest standard operating relationship dramedy to pass through Sundance. But while the relationship at the center of the film is the engine that drives the narrative, there are much more mysterious things going on under the hood. The film cente...

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    How Japanese Movies Deal, and Don't, With the Legacy of Kamikaze Pilots

    Nearly 70 years after the end of World War II, Japan and its artists are still struggling to come to terms with it.

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