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    SXSW Review: Fantastical 'I Believe In Unicorns' Rings True

    A much discussed topic in the film world recently has been the dearth of women directors in mainstream filmmaking and the impact that this has on the representation of girls and women, and their experiences on screen. Thankfully, the independent film world has a much better track record with female ...

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    SXSW Review: Strangely Funny 'Faults' Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead

    Ansel Roth (Leland Orser) already has plenty of faults—a once-renowned expert on cults, he’s now lost a TV show, a marriage and the rights to his latest book—but he’s looking for one more. To be specific, two worried parents (Beth Grant and Chris Ellis) hope that he can rescue 28-year-old Claire (Ma...

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    SXSW Review: Darius Clark Monroe's 'Evolution of a Criminal' Takes Powerful Look at Life-Changing Decision

    SXSW Review: Darius Clark Monroe's 'Evolution of a Criminal' Takes Powerful Look At Life-Changing Decision

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    New on DVD Review: 'The Iran Job' Gives a Surprisingly Lighthearted Look at a Baller's Life in the Middle East

    Film Movement released the critically acclaimed sports drama The Iran Job on DVD on March 4.

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    Hitchcock Would've Admired Denis Villeneuve's Creepy Puzzler 'Enemy,' Starring Jake Gyllenhaal

    Cinema sure loves its psychosexually tortured doppelgangers. If Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan" were remade and recast with Jake Gyllenhaal as a gloomy professor in place of Natalie Portman's psycho ballerina, it might look something like Denis Villeneuve's "Enemy," a nifty bit of murky fun rife wit...

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    SXSW Review: Madcap Murder Mystery 'Wild Canaries'

    Writer/director Lawrence Michael Levine’s film “Wild Canaries” is a tonal and genre departure from his previous feature, “Gabi On The Roof In July,” but his hipster Brooklyn milieu remains the same. This film poses the question: just how might a murder mystery in this yuppie brownstone setting play ...

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    Between Poetry and Identity Trouble: How 'A Floresta de Jonathas' is Queering the Amazon

    Last week, I took a mesmerising trip into the jungle. I was in in the Northern Amazon region of Brazil and lost control over time and space, watching a film that I can only describe as a beautiful and poetic meditation: “A Floresta de Jonathas”. I marvelled, I relaxed completely, then I hallucinated...

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    REVIEW: "Mr. Peabody and Sherman"

    Bringing Jay Ward's Mr. Peabody - a TV cartoon classic - to the big screen had to have been daunting. How do you get the most out of big-budget CG but retain the charm, coy humor and character integrity of the original? Somehow they pulled it off - with a healthy respect for the past as well as the ...

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    SXSW Review: Junkie Lovers Struggle to Survive In Tender Drama 'Animals,' Starring David Dastmalchian & Kim Shaw

    The initial scenes featuring young couple Bobbie (Kim Shaw) and Jude (David Dastmalchian, also the screenwriter) in Colin Schiffli's "Animals" are so precious that it comes as a shock to discover that they're both heroin addicts.

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