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    Berlin Review: Christopher Gans' 'Beauty and the Beast,' With Lea Seydoux and Vincent Cassel, Is a Fairy Tale Dud

    The recent spate of fairy tale movies from around the world has been, at best, a halfhearted effort. On the heels of "Red Riding Hood," "Snow White and the Huntsman," "Mirror, Mirror," "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters," "Jack the Giant Slayer," the upcoming "Maleficent" and the television series "O...

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    The Scrambled Sexuality of 'Frozen's "Let It Go"

    Does the "magical makeover" in the Disney hit's big number sexualize its heroine? Maybe. Is that bad?

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    Berlin Review: Silver Bear Best Script Winner 'Stations of the Cross'

    “Kreuzweg (Stations of the Cross),” which won the Best Script Silver Bear at this year's now wrapped Berlinale, is a well-designed and constructed portrait of a young, devout Catholic girl trying to make her way through a maze of satanically influenced culture (i.e., normality) and sin (e.g., attrac...

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    Berlin Review: Silver Bear Winner ‘Stations Of The Cross’ Preaches An Inconsistent, Self-Serving Sermon

    The festival scheduling Gods work in mysterious ways, and so it wasn’t until the last Sunday of the Berlinale that we got to see the German-language “Stations of the Cross,” from director Dieter Brüggemann, by which stage it had already won the Silver Bear for Best Script, on which Brüggemann shared...

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    Recap: 'Girls' Go To The 'Beach House' In Season 3, Episode 7

    The midsection of the second season of "Girls" was marked by an adventurous spirit that saw Lena Dunham breaking away from the standard format of the show. "One Man's Trash," which is still a series highlight, spent an entire episode focused on Hannah's weekend affair with the well-off Joshua (Patri...

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    Recap: 'True Detective' Season 1, Episode 5 Discovers 'The Secret Fate Of All Life'

    If the six-minute, single-shot finale of last week's "Who Goes There" set your pulse racing through sheer visceral force, this week, "True Detective" keeps up the pace while finding new ways thrill with "The Secret Fate Of All Life." Yes, there is another nail-biting setpiece that anchors the first ...

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    PAFF 2014 Review: 'Brothers Hypnotic' Documents the Struggle of Every Independent Artist

    This conflict between independent ideals and mainstream success is the basis for Brothers Hypnotic, the feature documentary from first-time filmmaker Reuben Atlas.

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    Berlin Review: ‘Macondo’ A Rich, Affecting Drama Centered On An Outstanding Child Performance

    Given the front-loaded nature of the 2014 Berlin Film Festival, as the second weekend approached, I’d started to despair of finding anything remarkable in the remaining competition line-up. And then along came “Macondo” the fiction feature debut from Iranian director Sudabeh Mortezai, and a wonderfu...

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    Berlin Review: Potentially Compelling Himmler Doc 'The Decent One' A Disappointment

    A cache of personal letters, diaries and documents thought to belong to SS-leader and inner-circle Nazi Heinrich Himmler forms the backbone of new documentary “The Decent One,” which had its World Premiere at the Berlin Film Festival last week. Director Vanessa Lapa, granted unique advance access to...

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