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    Sci-fi, Futurism and Alternate Reality: "Second Skin" Scores Between Hobby and Addiction

    Juan Carlos Pineiro's "Second Skin" borrows from several contemporary movie traditions. As a portrait of hardcore online gamers, it has elements of sci-fi and futurism in its vision of an entire society based in the digital realm. But people devoted to staying up all night on a "World of Warcraft" b...

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    Life, The Movie: Bill and Turner Ross' "45365"

    Cinema vérité writ large and literal, "45365" offers a supremely detailed look at daily routines in small town America. Focusing on a huge ensemble of characters residing in Sidney, Ohio — the movie's the titular zipcode — sibling filmmakers Turner and Bill Ross capture the minutiae of a self-contained world. In a feat of virtuoso documentary editing, they offer not one slice of life but several: Here's the stone-faced judge going through the motions of his reelection campaign; there's a jaded local cop frustrated over multi-generational criminal habits; the high school football team frets over upcoming competition while patrons at the local ...

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    Even Better Than the Real Thing: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's "Lorna's Silence"

    Initial word from Cannes on "Lorna's Silence" generally dismissed the Dardennes' latest as a bit of comedown from the dizzy heights of international critical admiration that greeted "Rosetta," "The Son," and "L'Enfant." Even if their new film managed to eke out a Best Screenplay award (not quite the Palme, which they've won twice already), it only served to underscore the varied complaints: noirish elements, belabored transcendence, and the overall sense that the brothers, having reached some kind of pinnacle in capturing unlikely ephemeral grace amongst bottom-dwelling Belgians, had perhaps run out of steam. A screenplay award suggests wor...

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    It's About Consciousness: Louie Psihoyos's "The Cove"

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

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    Showcasing The Absurd: Armando Iannucci's 'In The Loop'

    This review was originally published as part of indieWIRE's coverage of the Sundance Film Festival

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    American Saga: "The Entrepreneur" Rides the Moneymaking Roller Coaster

    Jonathan Bricklin's "The Entrepreneur" is the "Death of a Salesman" of car movies. That's not to say it reveals the depths of character explored in Arthur Miller's classic text, but Bricklin does succeed at showing the precise mayhem of the business and the tragedy of missing the finish line. A port...

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    Shiny Happy People Acting: Jonas Pate’s “Shrink”

    Tilt down to an E.T.-eye-view of Los Angeles at dawn, the back of the Hollywood sign looming in the foreground. Cut to a dog licking a man's hand as he drunkenly sleeps outside on a reclining deck chair. Looking haggard and hairy, Henry Carter (Kevin Spacey) wakes, lights a cigarette, and keeps smoking as he showers and balks at shaving. Cut to a recording studio where Carter is still smoking, still haggard and hairy. A voice comes in from the booth: "Happiness Now, take one." If nothing else, Jonas Pate's "Shrink" wastes no time divulging its methods and level of sophistication. Irony, as conspicuous and clever as a parade float, will front ...

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    Smart Fluff: Marc Webb's "(500) Days of Summer"

    EDITORS NOTE: This review was originally published as part of indieWIRE's coverage of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival

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    Let’s Rumble: Jeffrey Levy-Hinte’s “Soul Power”

    [An indieWIRE review from Reverse Shot.]

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    Beyond Gay: Lynn Shelton's "Humpday"

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