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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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    Critical Consensus: "Take Shelter" Narrowly Tops "50/50" As The Pick of The Week

    Coming off an acclaimed run on the festival circuit, Jeff Nichols' psychological drama "Take Shelter" opens in limited release this weekend via Sony Pictures Classics, and it's the pick of the week, according to the folks polled on criticWIRE.

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    FANTASTIC FEST REVIEW | Danish Sex Comedy "Clown" is Raunchy, Fearless and Awesome

    Awkward comedy usually finds a home on television, where cable hits like "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" trap their characters in uneasy situations that build to a hilarious finish over the course of 20-odd minutes. Danish comedy "Clown," which is based on a six-season...

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    Juror's Notebook: Fantastic Fest Acclaim Will Put "Bullhead" Director Michael R. Roskam on the Map

    Participating in a film festival jury is never easy, since it requires a negotiation between personal taste and group consensus. However, the process offers a unique challenge at Fantastic Fest, where I've had the privilege of serving on juries for the past two years.

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    REVIEW | Wacky Horror Spoof "Tucker and Dale vs. Evil" Is a One-Note Romp

    A comedy of errors disguised as campy schlock, "Tucker & Dale vs. Evil" lovingly sends up its genre roots, but first-time director Eli Craig runs his idea about a bunch of friendly hillbillies mistaken for serial killers into the ground. Still, for anyone frustrated with countless formulaic exercise...

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    indieWIRE's 5 Hidden Gems from the 2011 New York Film Festival

    The New York Film Festival, which begins September 30, offers plenty on the surface: There's the new Roman Polanski (opening-night selection "Carnage"), the sweeter side of the Dardenne brothers ("The Kid With a Bike") and David Cronenberg turning his camera on the relat...

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    Charlton Heston's Son on "Ben-Hur": "I thought my dad was a professional chariot driver."

    William Wyler's epic "Ben-Hur," gets the deluxe treatment in Warner Bros.' 50th-anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition. It hits stores on DVD and Blu-ray today and it's our pick of the week.

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    Warners' Planned Remake of "Sleepless Night" Won't Match the Brilliant Original

    When an American studio acquires the remake rights to a new foreign movie, the move always carries a certain amount of condescension. It implies that English language audiences won't bother with a subtitled movie no matter how well it works. It also ensures that, by virtue of vast Hollywood...

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    An Alien Love Triange: Nacho Vigalondo's "Extraterrestrial"

    "Timecrimes," the feature-length debut of Spanish director Nacho Vigalondo, was a loopy shot of comic suspense about inadvertent time travel. Four years later, his sophomore effort seemingly has less daring aims. But the superficial exterior of "Extraterrestrial," about four...

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