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    REVIEW | "Film Socialism" Reminds Us Why Godard Still Matters

    Jean-Luc Godard's entire career can seem like an endless attempt to top himself. "Film Socialism," which finally receives a U.S. theatrical release this week, has much in common with the 80-year-old French director's other essay films, including the sprawling "Histoire(s) du cinéma" and "Notre Musiq...

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    REVIEW | A Gay Dad and a Mid-Life Crisis: Mike Mills's "Beginners"

    The delicate blend of playful drama in "Beginners," the second narrative feature by California-based filmmaker and graphic designer Mike Mills ("Thumbsucker"), is a small wonder to behold. Mills fashions the set-up for an overwrought, thoroughly depressing character study into an oddly charming come...

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    REVIEW | "Submarine" Does "Bridesmaids" One Better, With Style to Spare

    In "Submarine," the directorial debut of British comedian Richard Ayoade, newcomer Craig Roberts turns intense discomfort into fine art. Playing the 15-year-old Oliver Tate, Roberts holds his deer-caught-in-headlights stare from start to finish. Equally intent on landing a girlfriend and saving his ...

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    Critical Consensus: "Submarine" Leads Strong Batch of Indie Openers (Not To Mention "X-Men")

    After two consecutive weekends of some of Cannes 2011's biggest guns debuting Stateside as essentially the sole specialty options (Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" and Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life"), the indie release calendar gets quite a bit more expansive this weekend. With three releases...

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    REVIEW | Grief Cycle: Shawn Ku's "Beautiful Boy"

    "Beautiful Boy" tests the extent to which one can wallow in another person's grief before it becomes unbearable. The focused story of two parents dealing with their son's decision to kill several students and then off himself during his freshman year of college, the movie dwells in discomfort. Peeki...

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    movie review: The Hangover, Part II

    Unless moviegoers themselves are willing to shoulder some of the blame, it’s useless to try and figure out why The Hangover Part II is so bad. The film only exists because, after the hilarious 2009 movie broke box-office records for an R-rated comedy, its studio demanded a sequel. And if th...

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    movie review: Kung Fu Panda 2

    It’s tricky to change the thrust—and the tone—of a story in its second installment, but I think the creators of Kung Fu Panda 2 have pulled it off. The first movie was

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    Critical Consensus: "Tree of Life" (Finally!) Arrives In Theaters as the Pick of the Week

    Days after it won the Palme d'Or in Cannes (and, on a lesser note, topped indieWIRE Cannes critics' poll), Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" hits theaters in New York and Los Angeles, followed by a national rollout throughout June. It also becomes our second critic's pick of the week (in a row, n...

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