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    Why is Russia Commemorating WWI With a Propaganda Film?

    A new Russian film documents its little-known battalion of women soldiers during WWI. But the story behind the production is as fascinating as the one that inspired it.

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    Review: 'Ping Pong Summer' Delights in 1980s Nostalgia, But There's More To It Than That

    With “Ping Pong Summer,” director Michael Tully (“Cocaine Angel,” “Septien”) gives us a film about the childhood he remembers: summers in Ocean City, Maryland (where the film was shot), cheesy arcade games, pastels, Nike, and hip hop.

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    Cannes Review: 'Footloose' In Ireland? With 'Jimmy's Hall,' Ken Loach Matches History With Entertainment

    The 77-year-old Ken Loach explores the story of a man who brought jazz and culture to provincial Ireland in this entertaining Cannes premiere.

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    Cannes: Timothy Spall Almost Lost Himself to 'Mr. Turner' for Mike Leigh, But the Journey Was Worth It

    There's acting and then there's losing yourself to a role. Timothy Spall came very close to the latter in bringing legendary British painter J.M. W. Turner to the screen for Mike Leigh's latest, "Mr. Turner," which recently world premiered at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

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    Review: Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah' Is a Biblical Mess, But That's What Makes It Worth Talking About

    The glimmers of a truly visionary achievement are flooded by half-baked ideas in "Noah."

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    Review: Jason Reitman Shifts Gears With Melodramatic 'Labor Day,' Starring Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet

    A significant departure for its director, "Labor Day" is a classical, melodramatic tearjerker that's also a sincere coming-of-age story.

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    Why Paul Dano Will Never Be a (Run-of-the-Mill) Movie Star

    Many young, successful actors dance into the bright lights of fame as if were the path to the after life, but Paul Dano keeps slinking around it.

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    Review: Ralph Fiennes Directs Himself As Charles Dickens In Classy 'Invisible Woman,' But It's Felicity Jones Who Shines

    Ralph Fiennes' quasi-modern adaptation of "Coriolanus," which marked the actor's directorial debut, was a sharply experimental take on the source material. For his second effort behind the camera, "The Invisible Woman," the director has taken a more classical approach. Adapting Claire Tomalin's book...

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    Review: David O. Russell's 'American Hustle' Is Snazzy And Fun -- With a Purpose

    Story comes second to Russell over the rhythms of well-timed bickering, which is a blessing and a curse in "American Hustle"

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    Review: A South African Perspective On 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'

    "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" aims to be more emotionally resonant than historically precise.

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