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    Big Screen | "Bone," "Joan" Give June a Critical Boost

    A unlikely duo of Sundance 2010 alums are giving this summer a much needed boost of critical acclaim this weekend, with Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg's doc "Joan RIvers: A Piece of Work" and Debra Granik's U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize winner "Winter's Bone" each beginning their limited releases c...

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    REVIEW | Where the Comic Lies: Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg's "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work"

    With late night television dominating entertainment headlines this year in a less-than-flattering light, the time seems ripe to revisit the public's neglect of Joan Rivers. The 77-year-old comic's reputation sank from rising star to showbiz disaster over the course of a decade, mainly due to a shift...

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    REVIEW | Drama in Absence: Debra Granik's "Winter's Bone"

    An elegant, soft spoken noir, Debra Granik's "Winter's Bone" exudes desolation. Adapting Daniel Woodrell's novel of the same name, Granik simultaneously develops a dreary backwoods environment while situating her layered story of deceit within it. Set in the heart of Missouri's Ozark woods, the movi...

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    REVIEW | Grown-Up Fairy Tale: Neil Jordan's "Ondine"

    The era of earnest fairy-tales for children quite possibly ended with the rise of "Shrek," a cynically-minded franchise that replaced sincere, imaginative storytelling with mostly heartless parody. Even when the bitingly sarcastic approach succeeds - the fourth and ostensibly final "Shrek" movie has...

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    Fifty Years Later, Radical as Ever: Revisiting Godard's "Breathless"

    Jean-Luc Godard's "Breathless" woke me up to the vitality of film language -- and, by extension, the medium's potential as an art form. I first encountered this existential slice of genre deconstruction on VHS, a format generally unkind to preserving dated moving image experiences, but perfectly ali...

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    Catching Up

    This is a momentous week for me: we’ve just finished the new edition of my annual paperback Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide—the 2011 Edition, to be specific. In this era of instant communication the process of writing, editing, and preparing a book seems quaint at best, and cumbers...

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    Big Screen | Jeunet's "Micmacs" Hits America

    With "Sex and the City 2" continuing summer 2010's now month-long tradition of Hollywood films sucking, what better weekend to turn your summer filmgoing over to the art house? Though with films like "George A. Romero's Survival of the Dead" and "Agora" getting similarly horrific critical responses,...

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    REVIEW | Amenabar's "Agora" Rings Hollow Despite Visual Shock and Awe

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This review was originally published as part of indieWIRE's coverage of the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. "Agora" opens in theaters this Friday.

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    REVIEW | Business or Pleasure: Mia Hansen-Love’s "The Father of My Children" Twists the Dark

    This review was originally published as part of indieWIRE's coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival. "The Father of My Children" opened in Los Angeles last Friday, and debuts in New York City this week.

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    REVIEW | Jeunet Continues His Magical Realism With "Micmacs"

    This review was originally published as part of indieWIRE's coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival. "Micmacs" is being released in theaters this Friday.

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