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    The Hunt

    When a film dramatizes a credible situation and holds you in its grip, even as it makes you squirm with discomfort, that’s storytelling above and beyond the norm.

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    A Hijacking

    What can you say about a thriller that seems absolutely real, so convincing it might be a cinema verité-style documentary?

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    NO

    An Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film this year, Pablo Larrain’s No is a persuasive docudrama that chronicles the efforts to unseat Chile’s dictator Augusto Pinochet in 1988.

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    Meet the LAFF Filmmaker #8: 'Thursday Till Sunday' Director Dominga Sotomayor

    Four of "Thursday Till Sunday" director Dominga Sotomayor's short films have travelled to festivals. "November" and "Below" during his time studying as an Audiovisual Director at Universidad Católica de Chile, and "Videogame" and "The Mountain&...

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    The Intouchables—movie review

    Last year, Harvey Weinstein brought a French film called 'The Artist' to the U.S. and wound up with an armful of Academy Awards. This year he’s presenting another Gallic import that not only was a box-office smash, but features Omar Sy, who beat out Jean Dujardin for the Best Actor prize at the Césa...

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    Review: 'Oslo, August 31st' A Tender, Bleak Search For Hope

    A reprint of of our review from the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

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    Headhunters—movie review

    I can’t remember the last time a movie surprised me as much as 'Headhunters': not just its story twists and turns, which are considerable, but its continual stripping of character veneer and overall audaciousness left me breathless.

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    Monsieur Lazhar—movie review

    The hype-meisters of moviedom have made it difficult to use words like “heartwarming” and “inspiring” without sounding like a huckster…but when you see a film as moving and well-wrought as 'Monsieur Lazhar', it’s hard to resist. Yet what I admire most about the picture, which was an Oscar nominee th...

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    We Have A Pope—movie review

    Given Nanni Moretti’s track record as writer, director, and actor, there is every reason to have high hopes for his latest effort, 'We Have a Pope'. One would presume that a behind-the-scenes look at the process of naming a new Pontiff would provide ample fodder for observational humor. Instead, the...

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    Footnote—movie review

    Another of this year’s Best Foreign Language Film nominees, Footnote may not be as intense or soul-searching as A Separation or In Darkness, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t superior satisfying entertainment. Israeli writer-director Joseph Cedar mines the richest vein in the world fo...

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