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    Take Shelter—movie review

    Take Shelter is a provocative original from writer-director Jeff Nichols, built on the foundation of a searing performance by Michael Shannon. It’s a film I respect, even though I found it very tough to sit through. That’s because Nichols creates a palpable sense of unease—...

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    What to See, What to Skip: New Reviews This Week

    Everything from a cancer comedy starring Seth Rogen to an ambitious indie starring Michael Shannon hits theaters today. Get an idea of what's worth catching by reading the reviews published this week on indieWIRE and our blog network.

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    REVIEW | "My Joy" Is a Bleak "Slacker" With an Existential Russian Twist

    "My Joy," the first narrative feature from documetarian Sergei Loznitsa, takes a free-wheeling approach to studying the desolate Russian landscape. Deeply sorrowful and drenched in ambiguity, "My Joy" adopts a patient rhythm that departs from reality while studying it in depth. In the absence of nar...

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    FANTASTIC FEST REVIEW | "A Lonely Place to Die" Does '90s Action Movies One Better, Until It Doesn't

    The setting is vast but the tension is tight in British director Julian Gilbey's "A Lonely Place To Die," a first-rate outdoors suspense yarn about a couple of mountaineers facing off against cold-blooded killers. Gilbey's fourth feature, written with his brother Will, has a frantic pace set against...

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    Happy New Year! indieWIRE @ Hulu Docs Checks out Jewish Portraits

    Rosh Hashanah -- the Jewish New Year -- falls this week, so it's fitting that indieWIRE-curated selections on Hulu's Documentaries page offer a series of portraits of Jewish lives in the past and the present.

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    The Little Movie That Could—movie review

    It isn’t often that I designate myself a movie’s advocate, but that’s how strongly I feel about an underdog release called Tucker and Dale vs Evil, which begins a limited theatrical engagement on Friday. (It’s already available On Demand, so check your local cable pro...

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    REVIEW | Jeff Nichols and Michael Shannon Create American Epic With "Take Shelter"

    Part family drama, part psychological thriller, "Take Shelter" manages to succeed as an otherworldly blend of "Field of Dreams" and Noah's Ark. Following up his 2007 festival hit "Shotgun Stories," director Jeff Nichols re-teams with Michael Shannon for the absorbing saga of a mentally disturbed hus...

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    "Paranormal Activity 3" Premieres Unfinished at Fantastic Fest, But It Closes the Book on "Catfish"

    In 2010, "Catfish" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and became an overnight sensation. Presented as nonfiction and credited to directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, the movie followed the experience of Ariel's brother Nev, a twentysomething photographer based in New Yor...

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