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    REVIEW | "Black Death" is "The Seventh Seal" Meets Eli Roth

    Since the heyday of Cecil B. DeMille, the sword-and-sandals epic has been defined by brawny men dressed in skimpy armor shouting orders to the wind. More recently the genre has been resurrected in excessive terms ranging from the CGI-enhanced virility in "300" to less successful entries like "Centur...

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    REVIEW | "The Soft Skin" is the Truffaut Masterpiece You Haven't Seen

    Barely released in the U.S. upon its initial completion in 1964, Francois Truffaut's masterfully engaging "The Soft Skin" was the New Wave director's first effort to tackle mature frustrations. That's not to say Truffaut's first three features lacked depth: "The 400 Blows" tapped into the innocence ...

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    Small Screen (Blu-ray/DVD): "Four Lions," "Inside Job" & More

    This week on DVD and Blu-ray a group of British jihadists act like a bunch of clowns, the financial meltdown gets a thorough examination and Bansky gets the high-def treatment.

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    REVIEW | The Drama of Ambiguity: Kiarostami's "Certified Copy"

    If the couple featured in Richard Linklater's "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset" got married, grew old, divorced and reunited, the resulting confrontation would probably look a lot like Abbas Kiarostami's "Certified Copy." Possibly the Iranian director's most accessible work, this elegant, stream-...

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    Kevin Smith and "Red State" Preach to the Converted at Radio City Music Hall

    At the Sundance Film Festival in January, Kevin Smith spent roughly half an hour telling a packed room that he planned to self-distribute his new horror movie, "Red State." On Saturday, in a much bigger room, he spent twice as long getting the enthusiastic reaction he wanted in the first place.

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    Critics Notebook | Film Comment Selects Closes With John Landis and James Wan

    The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s annual Film Comment Selects series cycled through several tones on its opening weekend last month, with a lineup ranging from Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s tragic “I Only You Want You to Love Me” to the grindhouse tribute “Hobo With a Shotgun.” For Thursday’s closin...

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    movie review: The Adjustment Bureau

    I’m a sucker for movies about fate, destiny, and heavenly intervention—going all the way back to On Borrowed Time and Here Comes Mr. Jordan up through Ghost Town with Ricky Gervais—so I was more than willing to accept the premise of The Adjustment Bureau, based on Philip K. Dick...

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    REVIEW | "I Saw the Devil" is Bloody Good Revenge

    "Severely Damaged Souls" -- the title of a retrospective on the work of Korean director Kim Ji-woon currently running at the Brooklyn Academy of Music easily describes the two deranged characters at the heart of his latest feature, "I Saw the Devil." The BAM program derives its name from the languag...

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    REVIEW | Claude Lanzmann Revisits Jan Karski in "The Karski Report"

    A single interview unfolding more or less in real time, "The Karski Report," a 49-minute cinematic essay cribbed from the cutting room floor of Claude Lanzmann's sprawling 1985 documentary "Shoah," imbues one monologue with tremendous historical weight. Having previously aired on French television, ...

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