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    Critical Consensus: War Doc "Hell and Back Again" Is The Pick of the Week

    Coming off an acclaimed run on the festival circuit, Danfung Dennis's war doc "Hell and Back Again" is hitting theaters today via Docurama Films, and it's the pick of the week, according to the folks polled on criticWIRE.

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    REVIEW | Documentary "Hell and Back Again" is the Best War Movie of the Year

    There have been plenty of combat documentaries over the last 10 years, but photojournalist Danfung Dennis' "Hell and Back Again" adopts an original conceit. Dennis follows Marine Sgt. Nathan Harris, a gruff 25-year-old who was stationed in Afghanistan, during two seminal moments in his life. During ...

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    NYFF REVIEW | "Paradise Lost 3" Ends a Saga of Injustice, But Many Questions Remain

    "Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory" premiered in September at the Toronto International Film Festival in an unfinished form because the film's real ending arrived, unexpectedly, a few weeks earlier. The men known as the "West Memphis 3," imprisoned while teenagers for crimes they likely didn't commit, spent 18 years behind bars. In August, they entered a trio of "Alford pleas," relying on a little-known law that allowed them to plead guilty while maintaining their innocence. Sentenced to time served, they went free that day. That meant 36-year-old Damien Echols evaded the death penalty; Jesse Misskelley and Jason Baldwin were released from their lif...

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    Abel Ferrara's "4:44 Last Day on Earth" Is the Upbeat Alternative to "Melancholia"

    Abel Ferrara's movies often take place in a world dominated by destructive tendencies that range from corruption and perversion to Catholic guilt. "4:44 Last Day on Earth," Ferrara's first New York production in a decade, takes that fixation even further by imagining the end of the...

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    Treasures Of The West—dvd review

    Preserving rare old films is crucial, but the National Film Preservation Foundation believes it’s just as important to bring them to the widest possible audience. That’s why its Treasures from American Film Archives series is so valuable. Treasures 5: The West gathers an except...

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    Meet Buck Brannaman, the Real-Life Horse Whisperer & Subject of "Buck," Our DVD Pick of the Week

    Revered horse trainer and real-life cowboy Buck Brannaman is used to a busy, road tripping lifestyle. For three decades in clinics all over the U.S., Brannaman has taught horse owners what is commonly referred to as 'natural horsemanship': a philosophy of working with horses based on understanding how horses think and communicate. With this spring's release of "Buck," Cindy Meehl’s documentary on his life and troubled childhood, Brannaman became busier (and more popular) than ever. The film went on to exceed the wildest of expectations, grossing over $4 million at the domestic box office, making Brannaman a star on the doc circuit. It comes o...

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    REVIEW | "The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)" Will Satisfy Your Gruesome Expectations

    The first impulse when discussing the gruesome details of "The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)," Tom Six's simultaneously anticipated and feared follow-up to the 2009 cult hit, is simply to describe them. First, here's the plot: A bite-sized British security guard takes his fetishization of the f...

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    REVIEW | "The Ides of March" is George Clooney's Monster Movie

    "The Ides of March" finds George Clooney working at the most intimate scale of his directing career. Since his uneven and overambitious debut almost a decade ago, the Charlie Kaufman-scripted "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," Clooney has tried his hand at a variety of material. After the ill-receiv...

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    With "Carnage," Polanski Fights a Losing Battle to Make Theater Cinematic. But What a Cast.

    Yasmina Reza's hit play "God of Carnage" ingeniously traps its characters on the stage. A dark comedy unfolding in real time, the chaotic plot involves a pair of well-to-do parents sorting blame for an unseen fight between their children. As they wander about one couple's apar...

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    REVIEW | Lonergan's Long-Delayed "Margaret" Flopped at the Box Office, But It Deserves Better

    "The Magnificent Ambersons," Orson Welles' 1942 follow-up to the proverbial game-changer "Citizen Kane," has two legacies. Many critics and scholars consider it a masterful look at the dissolution of an affluent American family. For Welles aficionados, however, it's the one that got away: Welles was...

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