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    SXSW Review: Vampire Comedy 'What We Do In The Shadows' Draws Blood

    Vampires are a particularly versatile cinematic creature, easily able to transform and readjust to the scenario or metaphoric requirement. Over the past few years they have shown up on the big screen in a number of guises—sparkly lovelorn teenagers, brooding old world counts, Colin Farrell—but a vam...

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    Review: SXSW Dramatic Prize Award Winner 'Fort Tilden'

    “The distress is authentic.” Harper (Bridey Elliott) is describing a barrel on a beach, admiring its organically worn qualities in contrast to a similar barrel that she and BFF Allie (Clare McNulty) impulse-bought on a Brooklyn street corner mere hours before. Of course, that barrel now sits on the ...

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    Review: Denis Villeneuve's Terrifically Haunting 'Enemy' Starring Jake Gyllenhaal

    At the risk of blatantly repeating ourselves, Jake Gyllenhaal and director Denis Villeneuve are on the cusp of a banner 2013 that is about to hit its crest. Their first-unveiled collaboration, the harrowing, Fincher-with-more-emotional-resonance crime thriller “Prisoners” has already bruised audienc...

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    Review: 'The Art Of The Steal' With Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon, Terence Stamp And Jay Baruchel

    "The Art of the Steal” isn’t just the name of Jonathan Sobol’s sophomore effort; it’s virtually a genre unto itself, thanks to countless movies about low-level con artists, their team of accomplices and the victims/ adversaries they’re trying to outwit. But even if the film doesn’t raze genre conven...

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    Review: 'Need for Speed' (Managing Expectations Could Result In A Good Time At The Movies)

    Review: 'Need for Speed' (Managing Expectations Could Result In A Good Time At The Movies)

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    Little Woman, "Big Men": Rachel Boynton Gets Oil Barons and Audiences to Drop Their Guard

    The story of global capitalists plundering African resources gives its subjects room to breathe, and rope to hang themselves.

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    Review: Jason Bateman's 'Bad Words' Puts a Vulgar Twist on Spelling Bees, Invites 'Bad Santa' Comparisons

    Jason Bateman has described his directorial debut, "Bad Words," as "'Bad Santa' with spelling bees," a comparison so evident in the material that it's practically a remake. The actor's step behind the camera, in which he plays a bitter 40-year-old who crashes a national children's spelling bee by am...

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    "Frozen": A Study in Over-Interpretation

    The people who attack, or praise, "Frozen" for its pro-gay message reveal much more about themselves than about the Oscar-winning animated musical.

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    Review: How 'Teenage' Reveals the History of Youth Culture In Its Own Terms

    With "Teenage," documentarian Matt Wolf has assembled an impressive array of footage, facts, and photos to nimbly tell the pre-history of teenagers.

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