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    REVIEW | Chris Sheridan and Patty Kim's "Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story"

    To chart the unusual case of a 13-year-old Japanese girl who went missing in 1977, filmmakers Chris Sheridan and Patty Kim take a slightly different approach to the typical talking-heads documentary. Segueing at about the halfway mark from exotic expose to human interest story, the careful construc...

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    REVIEW | Eastern Western: Wisit Sasanatieng's "Tears of the Black Tiger"

    Better late than never, Thai director Wisit Sasanatieng's pink-and-aquamarine western "Tears of the Black Tiger" finally arrives in U.S. theaters nearly six years after it first premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival. Shelved by Miramax, dropped by The Weinstein Co. and now rescued f...

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    REVIEW | Outside Men: Christopher Quinn's "God Grew Tired of Us"

    There's a reason why a film like Christopher Quinn's impassioned and affecting "God Grew Tired of Us" is designed to appeal to a more populist audience, and why, despite all of its pain and heartache, it needs to be couched in uplift. It's simply a story of which far too many Westerners have remaine...

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    Reverse Shot's 11 Offenses of 2006

    So, if you're like us, you've had enough, enough, ENOUGH of the Academy Award pundits predicting the same prizes since September, studio shills vomiting "Dreamgirls" spittle all over the place, and seeing about one-hundred-and-seventeen different websites predicting, with self-satisfied, out-on-a-li...

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    Reverse Shot's Top Ten List for 2006

    As per usual, this Reverse Shot Top Ten list was compiled by polling each of our loyal staff writers for their ten favorite films of the year. The first-place ranked film received ten points, the second-place nine points, and so on. Each film on the resulting list is then assigned to a writer who ...

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    REVIEW | Shallow Grave: Karen Moncrieff's "The Dead Girl"

    Structured as five chapters, each focusing on a female character in some way connected to the "Dead Girl" of the title, Karen Moncrieff's film applies a slightly more sensationalistic bent to the usual roundelay of overlapping stories that comprise the ensemble drama. It opens promisingly, abruptly,...

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    REVIEW | Child's Play: Guillermo Del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth"

    "A fairy tale for grown-ups!" exclaim the mindless reviewers who can't get their noses out of their press kits. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Aside from its highly exploitative and infantile use of graphic gore, this one is strictly for the kiddies, or at least, those reared on b...

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    REVIEW | Heaven Scent: Tom Tykwer's "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer"

    Opening the same week as the overstimulated and underconceived "Pan's Labyrinth," Tom Tykwer's compelling and daring "Perfume" is in danger of being ignored. At times as CGI-enhanced as Del Toro's hackneyed trip through the looking glass, "Perfume" nevertheless weaves its effects into a seamless who...

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    REVIEW | Love and Marriage: John Curran's "The Painted Veil"

    "As if a woman ever loved a man for his virtue," scoffs Kitty Fane, heroine of W. Somerset Maugham's 1925 novel "The Painted Veil" - the line remains intact in the new film version. This touches on something raw, the insoluble dilemma that Kitty's heart is rent upon: the people we most esteem or res...

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    REVIEW | Chit Chat: Chris Marker's "The Case of the Grinning Cat"

    Docu-essayist Chris Marker's newest available work, "The Case of the Grinning Cat," is, essentially, a guided tour of the headline events in French public life, from September 11, 2001, through sometime in 2004; from Le Monde's famous, empathetic "Nous sommes tous americains," through Front National...

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