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    REVIEW | Frequent Flyer: Marc Forster's "The Kite Runner"

    Right off the bat, there are two telltale signs in the Hollywood adaptation of "The Kite Runner" that portend the safe, diluted entertainment about to unfold. Perhaps nervous that a prestige drama mostly told in the Afghani language of Dari, and headlined by a cast of unknown middle-Eastern actors, ...

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    REVIEW | Grace Notes: Eran Kolirin's "The Band's Visit"

    Though it's both a predictable culture-clash comedy and a gentle plea for people of different political backgrounds to "just get along," "The Band's Visit" nevertheless manages to use its central contrivances and inevitable cliches to its favor, and becomes something ethereal and winning. This debut...

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    REVIEW | Southern Discomfort: Paul Schrader's "The Walker"

    Paul Schrader's fascination with life's seamier underside continues in "The Walker," whose titular character, Carter Page III is something of a latter-day incarnation of Richard Gere's American gigolo. He escorts bored, rich wives around town but, this time, he's effectively neutered: "Car" is gay (...

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    REVIEW | Attitude Adjustment: Jason Reitman's "Juno"

    The hype machine is chugging along at full speed for "Juno," and it's amazing what a little festival attention can do. A well-timed Telluride premiere, to an already almost legendarily appreciative audience, was soon followed by Toronto and Austin unveilings, all of which led award pundits and Enter...

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    REVIEW | The Kid Is Alright: Jennifer Venditti's "Billy the Kid"

    Like its protagonist, Jennifer Venditti's acclaimed documentary "Billy the Kid" is both pretty hard to dislike and difficult to parse. It's already scooped up awards at Edinburgh, Los Angeles, and South by Southwest film festivals, and it's easy to see why: this compelling, ingratiating portrait of ...

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    REVIEW | Room with a View: Julian Schnabel's "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"

    Like his previous films, "Basquiat" and "Before Night Falls," Julian Schnabel's "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" attempts to elevate the middle-brow biopic to the status of high-brow art cinema. Schnabel, an artist and sometimes filmmaker, has carved out a niche for himself crafting visually arre...

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    REVIEW | Stuck Figures: Jessica Yu's "Protagonist"

    When she was commissioned to make a documentary about Euripedes (a tall order, indeed), filmmaker Jessica Yu instead chose to see if she could apply the classical Greek playwright's dramatic structuring principles to present-day living. Rather than rehash what made the tragedian's works great or set...

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    REVIEW | "Starting Out in the Evening" Offers Complex, Brainy Take on Battle of Wits Between Young a

    EDITORS NOTE: This review was originally published during the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.]

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    REVIEW | An American Tale: Todd Haynes' "I'm Not There"

    In the next month, every film critic with a byline or blog will recap the past year in movies and pick ten films as 2007's finest. More likely than not, these lists will serve as springboards for an endless series of harangues on the declining quality of cinema. (Do we really need to be reminded tha...

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    REVIEW | Better Than the Real Thing?: Brian De Palma's "Redacted"

    [EDITOR' NOTE: "Redacted" was originally reviewed in indieWIRE's sister publication covering Bay Area film, SF360.]

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