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    New and Reviewed on DVD/Blu-Ray: 'Life of Pi,' 'This Is Not a Film' and More

    It's a big week for home video releases, with a major Oscar-winner making its way to the shelves and a number of award-nominated films coming along for the ride. Many of these films were fairly divisive; as usual click on the titles to browse more reviews.

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    Banned Iranian Filmmaker Jafar Panahi's 'Closed Curtain' Earns Ire From Iran

    Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi is once again in the spotlight for his latest film, "Closed Curtain." Having won Best Screenplay at the Berlin Film Festival, "Closed Curtain" has brought Panahi's banned filmmaking activites to the Iranian government's attention.

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    Berlin Review: Haunted By His Characters, Jafar Panahi Defies Iranian Government Again With Cryptically Self-Referential 'Closed Curtain'

    In 2011, shortly after he was banned by the Iranian government from making movies for 20 years, Jafar Panahi pulled off the impossible with "This Is Not a Film," a bold, diary-like production shot in the confines of his apartment. Given the circumstances, "This Is Not a Film" looked like the only le...

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    The 5 Most Anticipated Movies Of The 2013 Berlin Film Festival

    We're still brushing the snow off our metaphorical evening wear from the Sundance Film Festival, which feels like it ended only yesterday, and yet tomorrow sees the second stop of The Playlist's 2013 festival roadshow get underway, with the opening night of the Berlin Film Festival. The earliest in ...

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    Sundance 2013: Iranian Director Mohammad Shirvani's 'Fat Shaker' Stirs Trouble at Home

    Could another Iranian filmmaker be in trouble with his government at home? First-time Sundance Film Festival writer-director Mohammad Shirvani, whose film “Fat Shaker” screened in the New Frontier program this week, believes he now has cause for concern.

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    Berlinale Adds Nine Competition Titles, Includes Panahi's 'Closed Curtain,' Soderbergh's 'Side Effects'

    The Berlin International Film Festival (February 7-17) has added nine more titles to its competition lineup, including Jafar Panahi's latest, "Closed Curtain," Bruno Dumont's "Camille Claudel 1915," starring Juliette Binoche, Sundance entry "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman," starring Shia ...

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    Berlinale Adds 9 More to Competition; Includes New Film by Jafar Panahi and Steven Soderbergh's Latest

    The 63rd Berlin International Film Festival has added nine more films to its competition lineup, including one shocker of an addition: a new feature from "This Is Not a Film" director Jafar Panahi, who remains under house arrest in Iran. The film, titled "Closed Curtain," is co-d...

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    Critic's Notebook: The Biggest Oscar Snub Isn't Kathryn Bigelow; It's Jafar Panahi

    When the Oscar nominations were announced on Thursday morning, pundits immediately centered on one notable omission: Kathryn Bigelow. While "Zero Dark Thirty" landed nominations for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, Bigelow's immersive account of the hunt for Osama bin Laden clearly took a ...

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    Gabe Toro's Ten Best Films Of 2012

    A strong year, this 2012. Every genre had its share of riches, and we were spoiled by new films from Andersons Wes and Paul Thomas, further mythmaking from Quentin Tarantino and an inquisition into our currency from David Cronenberg. We saw the continued evolution of the careers of Jacques Audiard, ...

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    'Holy Motors' Tops Indiewire's Poll For the Best of 2012 Film; Other Winners Include Jafar Panahi and Amy Seimetz

    With 128 votes among 204 critics listed in Indiewire's Criticwire network, Leos Carax's surreal opus "Holy Motors" topped Indiewire's seventh annual poll for Best Film. "Holy Motors" star Denis Lavant garnered the most votes for Best Performance.

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