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    REVIEW | Missing Pieces: Amiel's "Creation" Lacks Sense of Awe

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This review was originally published as part of indieWIRE's coverage of the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.

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    REVIEW | The Girl Can't Help It: Andrea Arnold's "Fish Tank"

    Even after the advent of psychology, feminism, and the sexual revolution, female desire remains culturally discomfiting, a topic to be avoided or willfully mystified. Outside of hyper-hormonal slapstick, adolescent desire is just as taboo. Furthermore, female adolescent desire is so socially unsavory that even the dubiously chaste "Twilight" counts as a welcome corrective. Enter Andrea Arnold's "Fish Tank," a film so fearless, honest, and wise about emergent female sexuality that no grading curve is necessary. She approaches sex not as an aspect of politics but of experience, continuous with life's other impulses, bafflements, dangers, and j...

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    criticWIRE This Week: "Fish Tank" Leads Newcomers

    criticWIRE is back with an updated calendar of releases that takes on January and February's specialty films - including a notable duo opening this Friday. More than 100 film critics and bloggers have their own pages on the indieWIRE site. The criticWIRE section includes RSS feeds and links for the...

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    The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

    Over the years, Terry Gilliam has become something of a brand name, leading moviegoers to expect a generous display of visual razzle-dazzle and an offbeat sensibility; the problem often lies in his story or screenplay. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, written by Gilliam and his frequent coll...

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    Reverse Shot's Best of 2009: "Summer Hours" and 9 More

    In the coming months, moviegoers will continue to be inundated by prestige piffle: films conceived with awards in mind and primped and preened by their studios and distributors for maximum Oscar impact. In the past decade, more Academy hopefuls have been squeezed into the final weeks of the year than ever before--more often than not films that will be forgotten mere months after the annual gold statuettes are passed out (when's the last time anyone discussed "Finding Neverland," "Ray," "Atonement," "A Beautiful Mind," et al with a straight face?). Perhaps that's why the end of the year is indeed a good moment to remind viewers of the very bes...

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    REVIEW | "Superbad" Meets "Fight Club": "Revolt" Hints At Cera's Versatility

    "Youth in Revolt" stars Michael Cera as a hyper-intelligent 16-year-old virgin desperate to escape his bubble of a boring life. If that description sounds familiar, it's because the "Arrested Development" star has done this routine before. But he does it well, and this charming romantic comedy offer...

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    Great And Not-So-Great Movies...

    At year’s end it’s traditional to look back and make Ten Best Lists. The problem is that in the flurry of award season—and its attendant hype—one tends to forget how many mediocre films have come and gone, or how many months there seemed to be nothing worth going out to se...

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    Boris Karloff Tales Of Mystery, Volume One:

    DARK HORSE ARCHIVES; Introduction by Sara Karloff In 1960, Boris Karloff was recruited to host a weekly anthology show called Thriller. It was an obvious attempt to emulate the success of a not dissimilar show hosted by another movie figure with a “brand name,” Alfred Hitchco...

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    REVIEW | Back to Tennessee: Jodie Markell's "The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond"

    First-time filmmaker Jodie Markell's "The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond," is based on a never-produced Tennessee Williams screenplay completed during his late 1950s heyday. Yet, surprisingly, the film's pedigree and source material isn't the sole reason to recommend this decades-late cinematic rendering. Far from perfect, "Teardrop" is at its best when it approximates Terence Davies territory: that is to say in those instances when it abandons the forward march of events in favor of mood and reverie. The film's wordless prologue, in which a group of men dynamite a levy for mysterious reasons late at night, fades into a lit-from-above introduct...

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    REVIEW | Does It Take This Village? Haneke's Artful "Ribbon"

    Despair haunts every moment of Michael Haneke's "The White Ribbon." The director's dour, Bergmanesque black-and-white portrait of enigmas and familial discord in a Protestant German village at the beginning of the twentieth century peddles in the art of downbeat expressionism. Pairing visual master...

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