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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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    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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