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    Joe Swanberg's CAITLIN PLAYS HERSELF defies expectations and categorization

    There’s not much nuance to the discussion around Joe Swanberg’s films. You either think the amazingly prolific director’s the second coming of Ingmar Bergman and the French New Wave or a sexist softcore sleazebag. No other member of the mumblecorps generates so much heat, even if Andrew Bujalski or ...

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

    This week in theaters, film goers can finally see Michael Fassbender's much talked-about turn in the NC-17 rated "Shame." But Steve McQueen's acclaimed follow-up to "Hunger" isn't the only flick opening this weekend. Below see what else is coming out and decide what&#...

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    "Kinyarwanda" Shows the Good and Bad of Cinematic Therapy

    The Rwandan genocide is more than a backdrop for the ensemble drama "Kinyarwanda." It puts a face on the victims and their oppressors with an earnest desire to work though the country's demons -- if not attempting to expel them, then at least coming to terms with the human component on...

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    Review - Steve McQueen's "Shame" (Smack It up, Flip It, Rub It Down, Oh, No...!)

    It opens in the US today, so I figured I'd repost my review of it, which I penned after I saw it in early October.

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    MATT ZOLLER SEITZ: On “Weed Wars,” drug clichés go up in smoke

    “I run a family business, and the business is cannabis,” says Steve D’Angelo, a central character in Discovery’s new series “Weed Wars” and the co-founder and executive director of Oakland’s Harborside Health Center, which distributes medical marijuana to almost 100,000 customers. D’Angelo’s matter-...

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    Review: Takeshi Kitano's 'Outrage' Is Beautifully Shot & Well Choreographed But Feels Exhausting, Deflated & Empty

    "Outrage," Takeshi Kitano's return to the yakuza genre, received mixed reviews from critics when it had its first official screenings at Cannes in 2010. Though we weren't initially planning on seeing it on the Croisette, we kept hearing positive chatter about the film and decided t...

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    Review: The Ralph Fiennes-Directed 'Coriolanus' Is As Well-Acted As It Is Challenging

    From what little we know of Shakespeare's life, "Coriolanus" was one of his later tragedies; compared to his other works in the same vein, it's one of his more complex ones as well. It doesn't offer us a father betrayed like" King Lear," or a good man undone by his ow...

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    Whet Your Appetite For "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" With Takeshi Kitano's "Outrage"

    "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy," the adaptation of John le Carré's 1974 British spy novel, will leave a lot of viewers confused when it hits theaters next Friday. Of course, that's exactly what the author intended. A talky Cold War drama about British intellige...

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    How "Khodorkovsky" Turns A Russian Oligarch Into a Free-Speech Martyr

    In 2004, Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky was on his private jet when he was arrested for tax fraud and oil theft; he was later sentenced to prison in a remote Siberian penitentiary. The scandal created headlines around the world, but in "Khodorkovsky," filmmaker Cyril Tuschi puts for...

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