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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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    PAFF 2014 Review- 'Ninah's Dowry': A Brutal, Moving Look at the Bride Price

    PAFF 2014 Review- 'Ninah’s Dowry': A Brutal, Moving Look at the Bride Price

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    Berlin Review: Christophe Gans' 'Beauty And The Beast' Starring Léa Seydoux & Vincent Cassel

    Ever watched a 30-second perfume commercial and thought “Man, the decadent wonderland they’ve created here is so glorious and rich I wish this could go on forever?” No? Well, neither has anyone ever, but that hasn’t stopped Christophe Gans from addressing that imaginary need with his ghastly, overbl...

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    Valentine's Day Massacre: The Worst Reviews of This Week's New Movies

    Lots of would-be romances opening this weekend, but you're better off staying in bed.

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    Review: Adaptation 'Winter's Tale' Is Ruined by Writer-Director Akiva Goldsman

    That thud you just heard was “Winter’s Tale” landing in the theaters today, and poised to become a touchstone in the history of misbegotten literary adaptations. It’s been 30 years since Mark Helprin published his enchanting and enchanted novel about time travel, Old New York, beautiful consumptives...

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    Berlin Review: 'Inbetween Worlds' a Strong, Affecting German-Afghan Military Drama

    A German soldier back for a second tour in Afghanistan, Jesper is a man in turmoil: His brother, also a soldier, was killed there, not far from where Jesper is now stationed as commander of a squad protecting the village of a local (and friendly) militia. Tarik, a young Afghan working as a translato...

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    Review: Zombie Drama 'The Returned' Lacks A Pulse

    Certainly, there is something admirable about director Manuel Carballo's zombie drama "The Returned" when it uses the opening credits sequence to address the conventions of the genre, only to completely move away from them for the rest of the film. But the gamble never quite pays off the way you wan...

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    Berlin Review: Stellan Skarsgaard Is a Killing Machine In Enjoyable Dark Comedy 'In Order Of Disappearance'

    Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland’s previous collaboration with Stellan Skarsgard, “A Somewhat Gentle Man,” was an enjoyable black comedy involving the offbeat exploits of a newly released criminal. For his followup, “In Order of Disappearance,” Moland flips the equation, casting Skarsgard as a ...

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