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    Your Week in Streaming: Artists, Devils, Lovers and More on VOD, and the Best Gay Art Film David Lynch Never Made

    As the summer parade of megaplex fare comes to a close, your weary eyeballs may be in need of some fresh content to view from home. Here's a handpicked roundup of excellent films, new and old, available across various streaming and VOD platforms that you may have missed.

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    Review: Secret Attraction Brews in Joe Swanberg's Funny and Sharply Observed 'Drinking Buddies'

    Joe Swanberg’s “Drinking Buddies,” which hits theaters August 23, is a portrait of individuals navigating the slippery slope of relationships, both romantic and platonic, and quietly, often hilariously nodding to the unspoken intersection of the two.

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    Recap: 'The Newsroom,' Season 2, Episode 6 'One Step Too Many'

    Yes, I know — I missed an episode last week. A dual combo of screeners not arriving in time and a brief vacation keeping me away from the television led to that one getting missed out on, but really, not much happened in season two's fifth episode "Will McAvoy's News Night." Oddly enough, for such a...

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    Recap: 'Breaking Bad,' Season 5, Episode 10 'Buried'

    "I am the danger," Walter White chillingly intoned in season four's "Cornered," but with dynamics having severely shifted since, Heisenberg may not be the most unpredictable wildcard in the show, or that Hank (Dean Norris) now faces. Racing down to the final episode, once again "Breaking Bad" is fir...

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    How Diversity Makes Difficult Movies Stand Out: Wrapping the Locarno Film Festival 2013

    Leave it to the Europeans to sprinkle prestige onto an already beloved movie. “Short Term 12” was an indie darling on the festival circuit before it went to Europe, winning the Grand Jury Prize at the SXSW Film Festival and gaining acclaim at other events around the country ahead of its release late...

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    The Guardian's The Observer Names Mark Kermode New Film Critic as Philip French Retires

    Writer and broadcaster Mark Kermode will become The Observer's new resident film critic next month. Kermode, 50, will replace critic Philip French, who is retiring at the beginning of September shortly after his 80th birthday, having written for London daily The Guardian's sister weekly Sunday newsp...

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    The Patience Stone

    We’ve seen many facets of life in war-torn Middle Eastern countries, but none quite like the intimate depiction of a young woman’s existence in "The Patience Stone."

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    Review: Art World Documentary & Love Story 'Cutie And The Boxer'

    Love is complicated, this much we know is true. But love is even more complicated, as Zachary Heinzerling’s brilliant new documentary “Cutie and the Boxer” illustrates, when the regular mechanics of romance (co-dependency, support, a nearly psychic transference of ideas and emotions) are housed with...

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    Lee Daniels' The Butler

    The finely-tuned performances by Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey seal the deal, enriching the movie beyond the mere words in Danny Strong’s wide-ranging screenplay.

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    Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Shinji Aoyama on Japanese Film and Why 'Oblivion' Should Be in the Art House

    When I was on my way to attend a round table conversation at the 66th Locarno Film Festival between two Japanese directors, Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Real) and Shinji Aoyama (Tomogui/The Backwater), my intention was to hear the makers talk about their creations. I saw Aoyama's The Backwater on the 14th and ...

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