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    REVIEW | Blisters in the Sun: "Rocket Science" Blasts Off

    [EDITOR'S NOTE: This review of "Rocket Science" was first published during the Sundance Film Festival in January.]

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    REVIEW | Kissability: Christophe Honore's "Dans Paris"

    If the critical act can be described simply as the attempt to reconcile in words a personal aesthetic philosophy with that of another as expressed through an artistic work, then criticism comes easiest when a work's flaws and missteps are apparent, the creator's ineptitude runs rampant, or the guidi...

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    REVIEW | Moving Up: Jule Gavras's "Blame It on Fidel"

    Julie Gavras's first feature "Blame It on Fidel" is based on an Italian novel of the same name, but given that the filmmaker's father is Costa-Gavras, the famously committed leftist director behind "Z," a sense of covert autobiographical impulse hovers over the adaptation. Her protagonist, Anna (Ni...

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    REVIEW | Dark Undercurrents: Stefan Krohmer's "Summer '04"

    Crystal blue waters on which sailboats glide; cooling, hushed evenings for night drives; creaking floorboards of vacation retreats: "Summer '04" uses familiar elements from seasonal coming-of-age and romance films and twists them to sinister, damaging effect. Director Stefan Krohmer and screenwriter...

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    REVIEW | Most Unbecoming: Julian Jarrold's "Becoming Jane"

    Towards the end of "Becoming Jane," a new - and generally lousy - dramatization of the early life of novelist Jane Austen, a would-be suitor to the inimitable Ms. Austen utters the phrase, "It is a truth universally acknowledged...," and the great opening line to "Pride and Prejudice" is born. It's ...

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    REVIEW | Farce of Habit: Laurent Tirard's "Moliere"

    The release of Laurent Tirard's "Moliere," in close proximity to the U.S. arrival of Christophe Honore's "Dans Paris," should provide further proof that the inexplicably in-demand Romain Duris is one of the most smug, unresourceful, unsurprising, and thoroughly infuriating actors to emerge in recent...

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    REVIEW | The Good Fight: Anthony Giacchino's "The Camden 28"

    Even as "The Camden 28" documents from multiple perspectives and in minute detail a crucial, if somewhat lesser known, moment in the storied Vietnam antiwar movement, it's hard not to feel that director Anthony Giacchino's aim isn't merely historical recordkeeping. Created amidst an ongoing war tha...

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    REVIEW | Strangeways Here We Come: Shane Meadows's "This Is England"

    It's 1983, in the interminably gray council estates of the Midlands, and runty 12-year Shaun (Thomas Turgoose) is in a dire spot. His father won't be coming back from the Falklands War; at school, everyone else has adopted the uniforms of their respective clans - goths, mods, New Romantics - while h...

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    REVIEW | Burn This: Danny Boyle's "Sunshine"

    Any respectable slab of sci-fi pop needs a good hook, and "Sunshine," the third collaboration between director Danny Boyle and writer Alex Garland, is almost instantly hummable. It's the year 2057, and a crew of hottie astronauts (including Cillian Murphy, Chris Evans, Hiroyuki Sanada, Rose Byrne, C...

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    REVIEW | Domestic Disturbance: Curt Johnson's "Your Mommy Kills Animals"

    Attempting a more shaded vision of an issue that's all too easy to view in strictly black-and-white terms, Curt Johnson's documentary "Your Mommy Kills Animals" takes an expansive look at the American animal-rights movement, and all the savagery, nobility, and hypocrisy therein. Though told via a ro...

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