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Monsieur Lazhar

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    The Secrets of Monsieur Lazhar

    Monsieur Lazhar may have lost the Best Foreign Language Oscar to A Separation – I can’t argue with that; A Separation is extraordinary – but if any film could have given it a real challenge, it might have been this unexpectedly powerful, subtle little film from Canada: exquisi...

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    Criticwire Picks: 'Cabin in the Woods' Tops a Busy Weekend

    At least among members of Indiewire's Criticwire Network, "The Cabin in the Woods" is one of the best reviewed movies so far this year. The only catch is that most critics don't want to spoil it.

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    How Did This Happen? Five Terrific Foreign Film Nominees

    Whatever you say about the Academy Awards’ most baffling choices, from the wacky grab bag of Best Picture nominees (really, who thinks Extremely Loud deserves to be there?) to the mysterioso ways of the documentary and foreign film committees, this year the foreign language nominees are, ...

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    OSCARS DEATH RACE: MONSIEUR LAZHAR

    A teacher dies tragically, leaving her eleven- and twelve-year-old students variously bereft, disoriented, and determined not to react. Days later, Bachir Lazhar (Mohamed Fellag) -- an émigré from Algeria with years of teaching experience who's trying to put a calamity of his own behind him -- prese...

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