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    Race Drama "Toe to Toe" Ushers in the New Obama Cinema (Sundance '09)

    To call filmmaker Emily Abt's compelling coming-of-age tale "Toe to Toe" the debut film of the New Obama Cinema, qualifies her debut feature drama as an American movie that treats race and class with insight and enthusiasm equal to the excitement over President elect Barack Obama and his impact on r...

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    Beyond Gay: Lynn Shelton's "Humpday" (Sundance '09)

    Lynn Shelton's "Humpday" is a comedic "Revolutionary Road" for twenty-first century audiences. Shelton's third feature evokes many of the underlying themes present in Richard Yates' novel of suburban discontent. You wouldn't guess that from the premise: Set in Seattle's hip urban youth scene, the mo...

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    Early Spring: Doris Dorrie's "Cherry Blossoms"

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    Stolen Identity: Ole Bornedal's "Just Another Love Story"

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    Crap Artist: Robert Celestino's "Yonkers Joe"

    From the start, "Yonkers Joe" pitches the spectator directly into a world of tough-talking gamblers and sharks, where the dice are loaded, hands move quickly, and there's always a scam in the offing. This milieu of casinos and parking lots, peopled with hustlers and hookers, is a familiar film setti...

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    Magic Hour: Carlos Reygadas's "Silent Light"

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    The Bad German: Vicente Amorim's "Good"

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    Reverse Shot's Best of 2008: "Flight of the Red Balloon" and 9 more

    An acclaimed Taiwanese filmmaker working in France; a young Mexican director reimagining a canonical Danish film in an obscure Mennonite community in his home country; a West Coast-based American, enamored of the somber rhythms of the blasted Mississippi delta, miraculously captures them in the kind...

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    Dead Souls: "Alexey Balabanov's 'Cargo 200'"

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