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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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    The Valley of Indecision: Andrew Bujalski's "Beeswax"

    Over-under-articulators might be the best way to describe the characters in the films of Andrew Bujalski. This of course is also a fairly apt encapsulation of the performance approach in many of the entries in the dare-not-speak-its-name American indie movement that Bujalski unwittingly jumpstarted ...

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    Sci-fi, Futurism and Alternate Reality: "Second Skin" Scores Between Hobby and Addiction

    Juan Carlos Pineiro's "Second Skin" borrows from several contemporary movie traditions. As a portrait of hardcore online gamers, it has elements of sci-fi and futurism in its vision of an entire society based in the digital realm. But people devoted to staying up all night on a "World of Warcraft" b...

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    Life, The Movie: Bill and Turner Ross' "45365"

    Cinema vérité writ large and literal, "45365" offers a supremely detailed look at daily routines in small town America. Focusing on a huge ensemble of characters residing in Sidney, Ohio — the movie's the titular zipcode — sibling filmmakers Turner and Bill Ross capture the minutiae of a self-contai...

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    Even Better Than the Real Thing: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's "Lorna's Silence"

    Initial word from Cannes on "Lorna's Silence" generally dismissed the Dardennes' latest as a bit of comedown from the dizzy heights of international critical admiration that greeted "Rosetta," "The Son," and "L'Enfant." Even if their new film managed to eke out a Best Screenplay award (not quite th...

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