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    REVIEW | Return of the Repressed: William Friedkin's "Cruising"

    There are untold artistic benefits to living in a culture of critical reassessment--otherwise, what would current generations think of "Vertigo?" But if the glut of superfluous "special edition" DVD packages over the past ten years is any indicator, then there are also some sorry side effects. Falli...

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    REVIEW | Love Among the Ruins: Eytan Fox's "The Bubble"

    Of course, it would follow that an Israeli filmmaker would center his films mostly around dichotomies, doubles, and impasses. Popular gay filmmaker Eytan Fox, whose previous two films, "Yossi and Jagger" and "Walk on Water," enjoyed healthy limited-run success in the U.S., returns with "The Bubble,"...

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    REVIEW | Slippery Slope: Aaron Katz's "Quiet City"

    Of late, there's been a lot of ink spilled over that new group of filmmakers currently being honored at New York's IFC Center as "Generation DIY" (and inadvertently forever dubbed "mumblecore," in an interview in these very pages at indieWIRE), so it might now be somewhat pressing to put aside quest...

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    REVIEW | True Colors: Ethan Hawke's "The Hottest State"

    Over nearly twenty years, Ethan Hawke, despite playing a variety of roles in disparate genres, has managed to create a recognizable star persona for himself. Perhaps too recognizable for some, as he can be easily pigeonholed and has become a bit of a punching bag for those not on his wavelength. Haw...

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    REVIEW | Brigham Young Guns: Christopher Cain's "September Dawn"

    When we look back one day on the cinema that emerged in response to 9/11 we'll undoubtedly notice among the successes, failures, prophetic messages and reactionary propaganda a handful of films that can be rightfully designated as downright laughable and nearly delusional in their attempts to fashio...

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    REVIEW | Simple Men: Rod Lurie's "Resurrecting the Champ"

    Denver sportswriter Erik Kerman, Jr. (Josh Hartnett) is at loose ends, fighting an uphill battle against his editor (Alan Alda) to keep his byline from being buried in the paper's back pages, and against his estranged wife, to keep himself a presence in his young son's life. Erik's pitch for a prest...

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    REVIEW | Panic Button: Chris Gorak's "Right at Your Door"

    In his book on the Apollo 11 moon landing, "Of a Fire on the Moon," Norman Mailer wondered whether, in addition to providing wish fulfillment, dreams might act as psychic simulation chambers "where the possible malfunctions of life tomorrow and life next year could be tested, where the alternate pla...

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    REVIEW | 'core Truths: Joe Swanberg's "Hannah Takes the Stairs"

    "It's like a musical couch," one character comments, shifting positions on a sofa with two others, nicely summing up the narrative thrust of the wispy but radiant "Hannah Takes the Stairs." The line also unwittingly references the cinematic cross-pollination taking place amongst the real-life troup...

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    PARK CITY '07 REVIEW | It Happened in Sao Paulo: Jason Kohn's "Manda Bala"

    [EDITOR's NOTE: Steve Ramos' review of "Manda Bala" appeared as part of indieWIRE's coverage of the Sundance Film Festival in January.]Much attention is being made over first-time feature filmmaker Jason Kohn's apprenticeship with documentary master Errol Morris but the twenty-something director des...

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    REVIEW | Last Gasp: Frank Oz's "Death at a Funeral"

    "Death at a Funeral" is the kind of movie that inspires anticipatory eyeball-rolling--you feel like you've heard permutations of its punch lines in craftier incarnations numerous times before, even as it's just getting going. This hunch was confirmed when I was cued to chortle mightily at the incong...

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