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    Review: James Franco's 'Maladies' With Catherine Keener & David Strathairn Is Alienating And Dull

    Carrying the dubious distinction of being a film that managed to try our patience after just five minutes, “Maladies” is for us best summed up in one word: wasteful. It is wasteful of the considerable talents of a fabulous cast, wasteful of a pleasingly off-kilter visual approach, and wasteful of ou...

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    Where Will You Be Watching 'Nymphomaniac' This Weekend?

    It has finally come. The unrated "Volume I" of Lars von Trier's erotic opus "Nymphomaniac" arrives in 25 US theaters this Friday March 21. But you may have already seen the saucy, hotly debated, artsy sex epic on VOD, as Magnolia Pictures made the film available on March 7 on cable on demand, Amazon...

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    REVIEW: Why 'Unicorns' Fest Discovery Leah Meyerhoff Is One to Watch

    One of the finds at this year's SXSW Film Festival was Leah Meyerhoff's directorial debut "I Believe in Unicorns," now simply titled "Unicorns," about the aftermath of a 16-year-old girl's first sexual experience, and the velocity of teenage love. Fresh off its Austin premiere, the film played the S...

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    Review: Pat Healy Ain't Messin' Around in Smart and Stomach-Turning 'Cheap Thrills'

    Desperate times call for desperate measures. And a lot of really gross stuff. This is the sly premise behind the smart -- and, yes, very gross -- thriller “Cheap Thrills,” which has dazzled Midnight festival crowds for the past year and hits theaters March 21.

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    10 Films We Want To See At New Directors/New Films

    Here are the best films from emerging talents that we've seen from this year's lineup.

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    Does 'Eastern Boys' Continue French Cinema's Hot Queer Streak?

    A review of Robin Campillo's subversive new thriller "Eastern Boys"

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    Poetry, Politics and Memory in "The Missing Picture"

    The opening images -- rusted film canisters, unspooled movie reels spilling across the floor like some beautiful, serpentine ruin of a sculpture -- signals that The Missing Picture is like no other film you've seen.

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    Review: Sci-fi And Creative Passion Celebrated In 'Jodorowsky's Dune'

    "How the hell did this not happen?" is the question that trembled in our brain after we watched Frank Pavich's riotous yet loving and meticulous documentary about one of cinema's greatest what-if stories: the white whale that is Alejandro Jodorowsky's version of Frank Herbert's sine qua non sci-fi c...

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    Review: Absurdly Nihilistic 'Cheap Thrills' Starring David Koechner, Sara Paxton, Pat Healy & More

    It was only a matter of time before the recent hyper-raunchy comedy style exemplified by "The Hangover" (and repurposed, in watered-down form, for things like "Identity Thief" and "Horrible Bosses"), would take a dark, seedily indie-movie turn. And that's what "Cheap Thrills," really is: it's the hy...

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    Suffer the Little Children: "The Walking Dead" Crosses the Line and Pulls Its Audience Along

    "The Grove" steered Carol to a shocking decision. But did it make it too easy for the audience to ride along?

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