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    SXSW '11 | Reviews from indieWIRE & Around the Web

    The 2011 SXSW Film Conference and Festival comes to close this Sunday, March 20. To wind down from what's been a great festival, indieWIRE has compiled a list of all our reviews from Austin. Also included are reviews from our blog network and from across the web.

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    movie review: The Lincoln Lawyer

    'The Lincoln Lawyer' is a well-crafted, well-cast adaptation of Michael Connelly’s best-selling novel, shot on interesting Los Angeles locations. It’s a crime thriller with whodunit overtones, and there are twists right to the very end. So why isn’t it better?

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    Pentagram Singer Bobby Liebling Profiled in "Last Days Here"

    Editor's note: This review was originally published during the 2011 SXSW Film Festival. "Last Days Here" opens in limited release this Friday.

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    SXSW REVIEW | Despite A Loony Mel Gibson, "The Beaver" Is a Tame Dramatic Affair

    Despite a ludicrous set-up based around one of the most outlandish performances of Mel Gibson's career, "The Beaver" is a tame, leisurely drama that neither provides the beleaguered actor with decisive comeback material nor further muddies his tarnished image. As directed by Jodie Foster from the sc...

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    SXSW REVIEW | Sophia Takal's "Green" Has Eerie Sexual Dynamics, But Stops Short of Being A Thriller

    As a quiet, tense and near-experimental sexual thriller, "Green" is effectively haunting. However, writer-director-star Sophie Takal doesn't provide the full-bodied story needed to make its tantalizing ideas come together. Nonetheless, "Green" announces the arrival of a young storyteller with a dist...

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    SXSW REVIEW | Prankster Director Becomes Fake Guru In Controversial "Kumaré"

    In 2010, Indian-American filmmaker Virkam Gandhi went to Phoenix and invented a spiritual workshop from scratch. That's the premise of "Kumaré," a documentary that Gandhi assembled out of his experience, in which he created a fake spiritual guru, replete with heavy accent, far-out proclamations, and...

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    Small Screen (DVD/Blu-ray): "Waste Land," "The Fighter," 2 Criterion Releases & More

    This week on DVD and Blu-ray the Oscar-nominated doc "Waste Land" lands, two classics get the deluxe Criterion treatment and Clint Eastwood takes a journey to the afterlife .

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    SXSW REVIEW | SXFantastic Titles "Kill List" and "The FP" Bring Giddy Satisfaction

    SXSW is known for its rambunctious vibe, but nowhere is it wilder than in the SXFantastic section. A genre-heavy slate of five films programmed by Fantastic Fest and Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League, this sidebar of midnight titles has quickly developed a reputation for crowdpleasers. (Last ...

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    SXSW REVIEW | Gay Romance "Weekend" Deserves Its SXSW Breakout Status

    Writer-director Andrew Haigh's British drama "Weekend" depicts a fleeting romantic encounter with delicacy and philosophical depth, but its chief appeal is simplicity. Revolving around a brief affair between two young men with vastly different perspectives on life, the film operates on a familiar dy...

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