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    Weekend Preview: Head for Indie Doc 'Tchoupitoulas' & Neo-Noir 'Deadfall'; Skip 'Playing for Keeps' on the 'Hudson'

    If you live in a "limited release" city, it might be best to stick with documentaries this weekend. Standouts are "Tchoupitoulas," following three young brothers discovering the magic of New Orleans, and "Only the Young," a portrait of a trio of charismatic teens.

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    Whet Your Appetite for 'Zero Dark Thirty' With the Soldier Drama 'Happy New Year'

    In the closing moments of "Happy New Year," writer-director K. Lorrel Manning's somber portrait of a despondent Iraq war veteran stuck in a ward for victims of post-traumatic stress disorder, fiction gives way to an unsettling truth: After nearly two hours of a close-up look at the burgeoning death ...

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    Review Roundup: Bill Murray Deserves Better than 'Hyde Park on Hudson'

    Focus Features has done a swell job promoting Joe Wright's "Anna Karenina," but two of their small-scale year-end features aren't getting the kind of response any awards-contender needs, "Promised Land," and "Hyde Park on Hudson." Which leads me to ask what benefit these films get from being scrutin...

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    Criticwire Picks: Like 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'? 'Tchoupitoulas' is Another Successful Trip to New Orleans

    Months after "Beasts of the Southern Wild" reached its theatrical apex, Criticwire Picks returns to the Crescent City to look at the extremely positive reactions to the Ross Brothers' new documentary. Plus: a new documentary available on Netflix Instant, possible future successes with audiences and ...

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    Review: Adolescence, Love & Faith, Bond & Break Three Teenagers In Beautiful 'Only The Young'

    There is almost a Terrence Malick-like air of mystery around "Only The Young." The press notes don't reveal much except what you'll already know going into the movie: that it's about the lives of three teenagers in a Southern California town, that is named in the film, but that...

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    Review: 'In Our Nature' An Exploration Of Discord & Dysfunction Backed By Strong Performances

    If it weren’t for dysfunctional relationships, independent films might never have any stories to tell. “In Our Nature” is the latest in a long line of small-scale films about children who don’t get along with their parents, and the terms both come to in the process of a shared experience that throws...

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    Playing For Keeps

    'Playing for Keeps' is aimed at moviegoers who want to watch attractive people in a lightweight romantic comedy-drama.

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    Hyde Park On Hudson

    Sometimes one great performance makes a film worth seeing. That is precisely the case with Bill Murray’s interpretation of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 'Hyde Park on Hudson.'

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    Review: Bloated ‘Les Miserables’ Still Falls Short Despite Strong Performances, Anne Hathaway & Cinematic Grandeur

    This is why you can’t pay too much attention to the buzz and get all wrapped up in Twitter noise that all of sudden made everyone go, “Oscar frontrunner!” Early screenings of “Les Miserables” did provoke audiences to burst into applause after certain song performances and yes, many were in tears by ...

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    Review: 'Heleno' Puts Style Over Substance In Soccer Biopic That Doesn't Have Much Soccer In It

    The common criticism leveled at biopics is that they are rarely narratively challenging, with most following a standard template that sees the story move along episodically, ticking off the events in the character's life in a rote fashion. So some credit must be given to director José Henrique Fonse...

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