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    Review: Warm And Charming 'The Lunchbox' An Easy Decision At The Cinematic Takeout Counter

    The staple of any good rom-com is an original, clever meet-cute, and writer/director Ritesh Batra certainly has a good one for his feature debut "The Lunchbox." The missed connection in this picture that winds up bringing two strangers into each other's orbit is a mix-up involving the delivery of th...

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    Review: Charming And Playful 'Chlorine' Paints A Harmless, Enjoyable Picture Of Upstate America

    “America is not a young land; it is old and dirty and evil before the settlers, before the Indians. The evil is there waiting.” That's the William S. Burroughs quote that opens Jay Alaimo's “Chlorine” but not before we get a close-up of a moustached nose taking a bump of coke to the sounds of uplift...

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    This Weekend, Shun 'Son Of God,' See Two Fab Indies

    This weekend, it's a mixed batch of films ranging from the tiniest of indies to the escapist actioner and, finally, to the All-Important Christ Movie. Here's what you should see-- and what you shouldn't.

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    True/False Review: Robert Greene's Mesmerizing 'Actress' Features a Disgruntled Actress-Turned-Housewife Facing Life After 'The Wire'

    "Brandy Burre is Actress," reads the opening credit of Robert Greene’s aptly titled documentary "Actress," setting the stage for a movie wholly consumed by the dominance of that single, hypnotizing presence. Burre, a once promising thespian who abandoned a role on HBO’s “The Wire” to start a family ...

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    Indiewire’s Film Critic Picks the Oscars: The Best Foreign Language Oscar Nominee Is the One Least Likely to Win

    The category is riddled with darkly introspective looks at solitary figures struggling against forces beyond their control, but none taps into that scenario with the focused, analytical abilities of Rithy Panh’s “The Missing Picture.”

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    Indiewire’s Film Critic Picks the Oscars: Why 'The Act of Killing' Is the Most Important Oscar Contender In This Year’s Race

    There are reasons to value each nominee for best documentary this year, but only one of them makes history.

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    Review: 'Non-Stop,' Starring Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Corey Stoll And Scoot McNairy

    Since 2009's surprise hit "Taken," Liam Neeson, an actor formerly known for his serious performances in things like "Schindler's List" and "Michael Collins," has taken up residence as a go-to action icon. In the last few years he's been "Taken" twice (with a third installment on the way), battled a ...

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    Review - Shola Lynch's Candid 'Free Angela & All Political Prisoners' (BET Premiere Tonight)

    Review - Shola Lynch's Candid 'Free Angela & All Political Prisoners' (BET Premiere Tonight)

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    Review: Why Lamb of God Documentary 'As the Palaces Burn' Isn't Just For Metalheads

    Like the music at its center, "As the Palaces Burn" foregrounds deep-seated anguish and finds tenderness at its core.

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    'Non-Stop': Liam Neeson and Killers on a Plane (Review & '60 Mins.' Video)

    I will see Liam Neeson in anything, which doesn't mean I want to. So it was a relief to find that Non-Stop -- Taken meets Speed on a plane, with a dash of Agatha Christie -- was as breezily entertaining as a commercial action thriller is supposed to be.

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