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    Critical Consensus: Iran-Set Drama "Circumstance" Is The Pick of the Week

    "Circumstance" - which won the audience award at the Sundance Film Festival - is also the pick of the week, according to the folks polled on criticWIRE.

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    So Taboo: Four Upcoming Films That Promise to Offend

    Plenty of provocative and disturbing films pass through the festival circuit. But of those that really tug at societal taboos, it's a select few that make it to theaters.

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    REVIEW | Vera Farmiga Searches For Answers In "Higher Ground," But Her Filmmaking Is More Precise

    There's a single cut in "Higher Ground," actress Vera Farmiga's directorial debut about a crisis of faith, that proves the Oscar-nominated actress also knows how to direct. While 1960's-era bohemian couple Corinne (Farmiga) and Ethan (Joshua Leonard) are on the road touring with Ethan's band, their ...

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    Small Screens: Pick of the Week Ava DuVernay and "I WIll Follow"

    Ava DuVernay's feature filmmaking debut, "I Will Follow," is a day in the life of a woman at a crossroads following the death of a loved one. It was also the flagship release of the African American Film Releasing Movement, a collaborative that unites black film festivals and gras...

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    REVIEW | Paul Rudd Outshines Mediocrity in "Our Idiot Brother"

    Hiding behind a shaggy beard and a stoner grin, Paul Rudd plays an amusingly oblivious shlub in "Our Idiot Brother," but the movie can't keep up with his comic inspiration. Rudd portrays Ned Rochlin, a happy-go-luck organic farmer abruptly busted for selling pot to a police officer. Kicked out of hi...

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    Critic's Notebook | Skip "Conan" This Weekend and Invest in These Male Anti-Heroes Instead.

    The male libido is a Hollywood fixation. Testosterone-fueled fantasies have been a selling point for as long as the medium has been around, stretching back to Thomas Edison's 1894 kinetoscope short featuring Prussian bodybuilder Freidrich Wilhelm Müller, in which the muscleman struck a number of pos...

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    Conan The Barbarian—movie review

    Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the movies, they’re resurrecting concepts and entire films from the 1980s like Footloose (so help me) and Conan the Barbarian, based on Robert E. Howard’s pulp magazine hero. Beefy Jason Momoa steps into Arnold Schwarzenegger’...

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    One Day—movie review

    Sometimes, a successful play or a popular book—even a comic book—has qualities that just don’t transfer to the screen. One Day is based on a best-selling novel, and the producers hired its author, David Nicholls, to write the screenplay, since he’s had plenty of exper...

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    Amigo—movie review

    Amigo ought to be a great film: the subject is fascinating and still resonates today, even though it takes place over a hundred years ago. The Philippine-American war has been pretty much ignored, by textbook authors as well as moviemakers (but for the 1937 Hollywood movie The Real Glory). A...

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    What to See, What to Skip: New Reviews This Week

    This week, everything from a beefed up barbarian to a faux-British Anne Hathaway hit your screens today. Not sure of what's worth your hard earned money? Check out the reviews published this week on indieWIRE and our blog network to get a better idea.

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