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    Review: 'A Birder's Guide To Everything' With Kodi Smit-McPhee, James Le Gros, Katie Chang & Ben Kingsley

    In general, teenage obsessions are generally fairly obvious—music, comics, movies, clothes—but there are always a few teens whose interests, at least at the time, seem completely inexplicable, to everyone but themselves. So, it's not quite a surprise that the high school birdwatching club in "A Bird...

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    Review: Meditative, Haunting And Very Beautiful 'Hide Your Smiling Faces'

    In a strangely beautiful and unnerving moment, "Hide Your Smiling Faces" opens up with an arresting visual: a close-up of a snake -- its mouth wrapped around a fish, slowly struggling to swallow it whole. It's disturbing, fascinating and the shot lingers with a sense of awe, curiosity and wonder. An...

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    Can Sexy Scarlett Turn 'Under the Skin' Into an Arthouse Hit? (TRAILER)

    Could Sexy Scarlett Johansson turn bizarre sci-fi flick "Under the Skin," Jonathan Glazer's return to filmmaking after a decade, into an arthouse hit?

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    Review: 'The Raid 2' Brings Better Fights, But Still A Slightly Reduced Echo Of Its Predecessor

    When “The Raid” started on the festival circuit in 2011 in Toronto, it was a bloody blast of fresh air, with incredible action sequences throughout an energetically and expressively shot film with amazing stunt work and bone-crushing fight scenes captured with fluid camerawork, long takes and a gidd...

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    The Freeing Power of True/False's Free Ride

    Missouri's True/False Film Fest has built its reputation in part by covering journalists' expenses. Does that mean you can't trust what they write?

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    What Sergei Loznitsa's "My Joy" Tells Us About the Current Crisis in Ukraine

    Ukraine is not an occupied territory—at least not yet. Though the country’s southernmost part, Crimea, was recently annexed by Russia, Ukraine has been officially an independent nation since 1991. But judging from the recent narrative films of Belarus-born and Ukrainian-bred director Sergei Loznitsa...

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    Review: Felicity Jones and Guy Pearce Are Solid In 'Breathe In,' But Haven't We Seen This Movie Before?

    It's difficult to ascertain the intent of an artist from a single work, but Drake Doremos' gradually expanding filmography gives the impression of a skillful filmmaker more interested in gaming the system than doing anything fresh with it.

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    The Emily Dickinson of Photographs or the Anti-Mary Poppins? 'Finding Vivian Maier'

    Among all the types of artists -- crazy, tortured, or mild in life but wild in art -- the ones who create in private and never share with the world may be the hardest to fathom. Vivian Maier, an eccentric nanny, is now recognized as one of the most prolific, dazzling street photographers of the 20th...

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    Review: Frankly Funny And Original 'Blumenthal'

    “Blumenthal” is a film about three Blumenthals. There’s Harold (Brian Cox), the famous playwright who died laughing at his own joke. There’s his brother, Saul (Mark Blum), an English professor who feels entitled to a bit of Harold’s success and has had some issues, ahem, not letting things… go. And ...

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    Review: Diego Luna's Well-Intentioned, Respectable & Paint-By-Numbers 'Cesar Chavez' Starring Michael Peña

    An intermittently compelling overview of a movement, but only a cursory portrait of a man, “Cesar Chavez,” directed by Diego Luna, is a well-intentioned, respectable and respectful biopic. But the conservative format of the film, that never goes beyond the kind of paint-by-numbers approach that stul...

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