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    Rooftop Films Review: Petra Costa's Documentary 'Elena'

    How can one describe Petra Costa's film "Elena"? If it's just the facts, one could say that it's a documentary about Costa searching for answers and understanding about her sister Elena, who committed suicide when she was a child. And yes, it is that, but it is also so much more than that. It's a ci...

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    The 22 Best Indie Films of 2012, According to Criticwire

    Nearly 400 critics listed in Indiewire's Criticwire network graded theatrical and VOD releases over the course of 2012. Among those, 22 films graded by 10 or more critics currently maintain an aggregate grade of A- or higher.

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    Christopher Bell's Best Films Of 2012

    Another year, another fifty lists. There were a lot of truly terrific movies to come out in 2012 and it was difficult to sit down and whittle away at a list that contained 30+ films that warranted special acknowledgement. Eventually you have to go with your gut, and I admit that this list may look d...

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    11 Notable Films You May Not Have Seen In 2012

    Every week (bar the very thinnest parts of the calendar), somewhere between seven and twelve movies end up opening in theaters. On some weekends, it's even more -- the first week of December saw eighteen films begin their theatrical runs. As such, it's hard enough for film writers to stay on top of ...

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    Interview: 'Elena' Director Andrei Zvyagintsev Talks Changed Ending, Favorite Filmmakers

    Cinephiles, unite! The name Andrei Zvyagintsev is relatively unknown on these shores, as his remarkable debut "The Return" quietly came and went (though it is now on Netflix Instant -- GO!) and his tremendous sophomore effort "The Banishment" never saw a proper release in th...

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    Weekend Preview: 'Dictator,' 'Polisse,' Pregnant Movie Stars & Vibrators

    "The Dictator" rules with provocateur Sacha Baron Cohen, and here's what you'll get from "What To Expect When You're Expecting": easy laughs, strategically placed music and one-dimensional characters. Jennifer Lopez is the soul of the movie (if there is one), Chace Cr...

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    Andrei Zvyagintsev Talks 'Elena,' His Rebirth and Philip Glass

    Just off of a plane from Russia, Andrei Zvyagintsev seemed nervous about showing his latest work, "Elena" to American audiences. "How did you react to the first seven minutes?" he asked, curiously. "I'm sure Americans are used to something a little more... dynamic."...

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    Criticwire Picks: Russian Drama 'Elena' Celebrates Cannes-iversary

    Twelve months after its premiere, Andrey Zvyagintsev's latest headlines the week of new releases.

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    Film Forum Announces Summer Premieres Preview

    Film Forum, one of NYC's finest art houses, has announced its Summer premieres slate. Highlights include Andrei Zvyagintsev's "Elena," Matthew Akers' "Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present," and Mads Matthiesen's "Teddy Bear." Full preview re...

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