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    Review: 'White Elephant' Is A Predictable, But Well-Acted & Worthy Study Of The Buenos Aires Slums

    Pablo Trapero’s “White Elephant” is a smartly acted, beautifully scored, often bracingly directed film of good intentions and big ambition. Yet it can only be called a modest success, and, in light of how strong some of its individual elements are, even a slight disappointment. Word from Cannes, whe...

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    Review: 'Mental' With Toni Collette Is A Watchable Farce That Could Do With Going A Bit More Nuts

    “Mental” marks director P.J. Hogan’s (“My Best Friend’s Wedding,” “Confessions of a Shopaholic”) reunion with his “Muriel’s Wedding” star Toni Collette. The intervening years may have made them both older, but not necessarily wiser, as “Mental” seems content to rework the “Muriel’s Wedding” formula ...

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    Review: 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' Is No Masterpiece, But Popcorn Entertainment That Redeems The Series Somewhat

    It’s tough to say if I would be as generous with my praise of “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” if I weren’t such a big fan of its director, Jon M. Chu, but given the mechanical one-dimensionality of most big-budget franchise films, the sequel earns its critical bona fides simply by being made by a director w...

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    The Criticwire Pull Quote Match Game: 'Killing Them Softly'

    Can you guess which critic gave the movie what letter grade?

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    Review: Think 'The Artist' Was Overrated? Try Goya Winner 'Blancanieves' Instead

    There was nothing explicitly wrong with "The Artist," a tenderly made homage to the swan song of silent cinema, until it transformed into an Oscar behemoth. Part of the issue with "The Artist" becoming overrated was the notion that its appropriation of silent film language had no immediate parallel....

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    'Room 237,' Kubrick Fanatics And a Bonus Recommendation

    The rapturous responses to Room 237 that came out of the Sundance Film festival seem wildly overstated, but understandable. This modest, entertaining, and at times visually clever documentary about The Shining -- in which a handful of obsessives decode the signposts to supposedly "true" m...

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    Filmmakers You Should Know: Pablo Trapero Digs Into Argentinian Corruption

    Filmmakers You Should Know: Pablo Trapero Digs Into Argentinian Corruption

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    Review Roundup: Tim Sutton's Debut Feature 'Pavilion' is a Lyrical Exploration of Youth

    Tim Sutton's directorial debut "Pavilion," which premiered at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival, is now available via Factory 25 and Oscilloscope Labs on VOD, iTunes, Amazon and more digital platforms. The film opened theatrically in select cities on March 1st, to critical praise.

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    Now and Then: Quentin Dupieux's 'Wrong' Exposes the Limits of Surrealism

    Drafthouse Films, the distributor of Quentin Dupieux's bizarre new film, "Wrong," describes the French director and electronic musician (stage name: Mr. Oizo) as "one of the world’s most fearless cinematic surrealists." The surreal does indeed seem to be Dupieux's preferred register, but this leads ...

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    LEE MARVIN: POINT BLANK by Dwayne Epstein (Schaffner Press)

    Dwayne Epstein may not have intended to spend nearly twenty years working on a biography of Lee Marvin, but had he not started in the mid-1990s he would have missed the opportunity of interviewing the actor’s older brother, many of his directors (from Sam Fuller to John Frankenheimer), and an even g...

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