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    The Peculiarities of Soullessness: Sophie Barthes' "Cold Souls" (Sundance '09)

    Sophie Barthes's "Cold Souls" belongs to a genre of self-reflexive movie actors playing themselves — and it's one of the few that has nothing to do with Charlie Kaufman. It doesn't take much effort to explain why Kaufman's name must come up here: Paul Giamatti plays himself in an amusingly surreal s...

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    Dreamlike Images Bring Undeniable Sparkle to London Romance "Unmade Beds" (Sundance '09)

    Seek out the specific source of youthful energy that brightens Argentine filmmaker Alexis Dos Santos' lovely London romance "Unmade Beds" and you will fail. There's no guaranteed technique behind a film as colorful, vibrant and emotionally sweet as "Unmade Beds," a love story with the power to move ...

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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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