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    An Engaging Portrait of Obsession: Robert Siegel's "Big Fan"

    This review was originally published as part of indieWIRE's coverage of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. "We Live In Public" is being released in theaters this Friday.

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    Portraying Chaos: Ondi Timoner's "We Live In Public"

    This review was originally published as part of indieWIRE's coverage of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. "We Live In Public" is being released in theaters this Friday.

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    Surface Tension: R.J. Cutler's "The September Issue"

    About five minutes into R.J. Cutler's "The September Issue," an almost-expose of the production of Vogue magazine's annual fall spectacular, electroclash act Ladytron's icy "Destroy Everything You Touch" spikes on the soundtrack. By this point Cutler's already established his hands-off nonfiction f...

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    Family Snapshot: Hirokazu Kore-eda's "Still Walking"

    Hirokazu Kore-eda's films are haunted by the specter of death -- from the exquisite undercurrent of loss infusing "Maborosi"' to the explicitly gimmicky conceptualization of the hereafter in "After Life" to the looming danger hovering over the abandoned children of "Nobody Knows". His latest, "Still...

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    Still Searching for a Home Run: "Holy Land Hardball" Travels with Chutzpah

    Although frequently identified as America's quintessential national pastime, baseball contains an undeniable global component that has become commonplace in movies about the sport. Look no further than this year's sleeper hit "Sugar," a bittersweet story of Dominican players drafted for American tea...

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    After I Forget: Lucrecia Martel's "The Headless Woman"

    You've seen this empty canal before. Some boys and a dog were running around here, across the street and into it, just a few minutes ago. But you're not prepared, five minutes into "The Headless Woman," with a sunny pop song on the car radio, for the protagonist to hit something. Yet you'll spend th...

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    Falling Short of Tarantino's Own High Bar, "Inglourious" Goes Bubblegum

    This review was originally published as part of indieWIRE's coverage of the 2009 Cannes Film Festival

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    Naughty Intentions: Bobcat Goldthwait's "World's Greatest Dad"

    This review was originally published as part of indieWIRE's coverage of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

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    DIY Spirit Alive and Well in "Zombie Girl: The Movie"

    The movie brat spirit is alive and well, judging by the determination of Emily Hagins, the twelve-year-old subject of "Zombie Girl: The Movie." With the help of family, friends and a surprisingly generous grant, Hagins managed to complete a feature-length undead saga at a time when most kids are gra...

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    The Way of All Flesh: Gyorgy Palfi's "Taxidermia"

    A three-course ordeal of icky sex, Olympian gluttony, and autoerotic dismemberment, Gyorgy Palfi's "Taxidermia" is consistently vile. Yet it's also a sustained, unique work of art, and well worth the mess. A triptych, the first two sections of which are based on stories by Hungarian writer Lajos Par...

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