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    Review: Indie Thriller 'Holy Ghost People'

    Is there a prequel to the new indie “Holy Ghost People” that we should see beforehand? Maybe a television show? It’s the only reason we can possibly engender any sentiment for the overfamiliarity shown to certain characters at the start of the film.

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    Review: Nelson George's 'Finding The Funk' Documentary

    Filmmaker and pop culture critic Nelson George, who’s written extensively on music throughout his career, brings his love of funk to conversations with icons like Sly Stone, Bootsy Collins, George Clinton, Nile Rodgers of Chic, James Brown, Mike D of the Beastie Boys, and Sheila E., as well as conte...

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    Three Films to See in Theaters This Weekend (and Two to Skip)

    This weekend's your chance to catch two Foreign Language Oscar hopefuls -- Palestine's "Omar" and erstwhile Romanian contender "Child's Pose." Also, head to the English-language revamp of Hayao Miyazaki's farewell feature film "The Wind Rises," with its star-studded voice cast, but heed critics' adv...

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    Omar

    A deft blending of thriller and romance, "Omar" invokes everything from film noir to Shakespeare.

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    'The Lunchbox' Review and Roundup (TRAILER, SHORT)

    We will be hearing more from exciting young filmmaker Ritesh Batra, whose feature debut, the unprepossessing indie "The Lunchbox" (February 21) has heart.

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    'Pompeii' Is Old-Fashioned Fun

    Rain of CGI fire notwithstanding, Paul W.S. Anderson's last-days adventure is a deliberate throwback.

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    Review: 'Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me' A Hilarious And Touching Portrait Of A Broadway Legend

    Somehow, some way, a documentary about an aging actress/comedienne dealing with fear and mortality just might be the most life-affirming film that’s come around in a long time. “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me,” follows the inimitable force of nature that is Broadway veteran Elaine Stritch, and is a shot i...

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    The Pretty One

    The premise of "The Pretty One" may be far-fetched, but it’s carried out with sincerity and the results are amusing, ironic, and thoughtful. Here's a small-scale movie that offers a gleam of satisfaction.

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