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    film review: Nowhere Boy

    I saw this film in the best possible way: I didn’t know what it was about before I attended an early screening. I found it to be a moving look at a teenage boy’s struggles with his splintered family in England during the 1960s. When I realized the protagonist was John Lennon, it made ...

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    A Primer on Plympton: The Animator At His Best With "Idiots and Angels"

    Animators are generally an odd, whimsical bunch, but the studios have figured out how to tame them. Many of the latest refined animated offerings from Disney and Dreamworks mask the unkempt artistic voices behind them. In a healthy contrast, the entire career of Bill Plympton represents that rarefie...

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    Americana in Microcosm: Jeff Malmberg's “Marwencol”

    This review was originally published during indieWIRE's coverage of SXSW. "Marwencol" opens at the IFC Center in New York, October 8.

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    De Niro Versus Norton: John Curran's "Stone"

    This review was originally published during indieWIRE's coverage of the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. "Stone" hits select theaters this Friday, October 8.

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    A Title That Lies: "It's Kind of a Funny Story"

    This review was originally published during indieWIRE's coverage of this year's Toronto International Film Festival. The film hits theaters this Friday.

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    Drenched In Sarcasm: Stephen Frears's "Tamara Drewe"

    This review was originally published during indieWIRE's coverage of this year's Cannes Film Festival. The films hits theaters this Friday, in limited release.

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    film review: Let Me In

    Let Me In offers an unusual twist on the usual vampire tale. It’s gripping and unusual—unless you happen to have seen the Swedish film that inspired it, Let the Right One In, based on the novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist. If you did catch that striking Swedish import two years ago, ther...

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    Favored By the Right Folks: Post-Cannes, "Bedevilled" Finds an Audience at Fantastic Fest

    When Jang Cheol-so's Korean revenge drama "Bedevilled" premiered at Cannes, critics had a tough time figuring out if they liked it. As the portrait of a damaged woman whose life consists of an abusive marriage and little else, it spends nearly an hour lingering in her depressing existence before sud...

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    Feuds and Film: Midway Through Fantastic Fest, the Punches Fly

    The 2010 edition of Fantastic Fest has no greater defining image than that of festival founder and Alamo Drafthouse owner Tim League, decked out in a pink mohawk, dodging punches from a sprightly Michelle Rodriguez. The farcical duel marked the climax of "The Fantastic Debates," an annual tradition ...

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