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    Review: Civil War-Set Drama 'The Retrieval' Is A Finely Crafted & Evocative Film (Opens Friday)

    Review: Civil War-Set Drama 'The Retrieval' Is A Finely Crafted & Evocative Film (Opens Friday)

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    SXSW Review: Horror 'Among The Living' From 'Inside' Directors Julien Maury & Alexandre Bustillo

    In 2007 French filmmakers Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo released "Inside," a French horror film about a pregnant woman who is violently targeted by an unknown intruder. The movie was brutal, unflinching, and totally brilliant. It was an exercise in terror that was both excessively stylized and...

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    Review: ‘Need For Speed’ Starring Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots & Dominic Cooper

    Engineered for maximum velocity, super-torqued hairpin turns and high-octane thrills (obviously), thanks to the likes of the “Fast & Furious,” you should know exactly what to expect from the upcoming junior series, “Need For Speed” aka “Hot Wheels: The Movie.” But if the ‘F&F’ series is often absurd...

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    Review: Poetic 'Le Week-End' Starring Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan And Jeff Goldblum

    It is the August of their lives, and elderly couple Nick (Jim Broadbent) and Meg (Lindsay Duncan) are absolutely lost. They’re attempting to go on holiday, during what we’re to imagine is one of the quietest moments in their shared life. The abrasiveness of Meg’s jokes suggests that things were neve...

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    SXSW Review: ‘Kelly & Cal’ Starring Juliette Lewis & Jonny Weston

    The notions of a mother estranged from her own offspring and a millennial teen embittered with the rage, hard-luck and confinement of his paralysis are, on their own, distinct and interesting ideas worth investigating. And the indie “Kelly & Cal” takes both of these ideas and merges them together in...

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    SXSW Review: 'Doc Of the Dead' Explores How Zombies Rose From The Grave & Strangled Pop Culture

    Zombies are definitely having a cultural moment. In fact, their blood-smeared claws are all over every aspect of the post-apocalyptic pop culture terror-dome, from the phenomenally successful cable series "The Walking Dead" to Brad Pitt's against-all-odds box office smash "World War Z," to things li...

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    SXSW Review: Oscar-Winning Short Film Receives Questionable Feature-Length Upgrade With 'Before I Disappear'

    Writer-director-star Shawn Christensen's Oscar-winning 2012 short "Curfew" stuffs a substantial amount of emotion and personality into 20 minutes. "Before I Disappear," Christensen's polished feature-length treatment of the same scenario, contains all the strong moments that distinguished "Curfew" w...

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    SXSW Review: The Zellners Strike Wonder with 'Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter,' Starring Rinko Kikuchi

    Many delightful, haunting things happen in David and Nathan Zellner’s “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter,” which screens at SXSW 2014. One is that a duo of filmmaking brothers -- moving steadily toward the top of their game after a decade of turning out weird, unique short and feature films -- quote anot...

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