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    Review: Zombie Drama 'The Returned' Lacks A Pulse

    Certainly, there is something admirable about director Manuel Carballo's zombie drama "The Returned" when it uses the opening credits sequence to address the conventions of the genre, only to completely move away from them for the rest of the film. But the gamble never quite pays off the way you wan...

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    Berlin Review: Stellan Skarsgaard Is a Killing Machine In Enjoyable Dark Comedy 'In Order Of Disappearance'

    Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland’s previous collaboration with Stellan Skarsgard, “A Somewhat Gentle Man,” was an enjoyable black comedy involving the offbeat exploits of a newly released criminal. For his followup, “In Order of Disappearance,” Moland flips the equation, casting Skarsgard as a ...

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    Berlin Review: Brilliant Faux Documentary 'The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq' (CLIP)

    One of the happy surprises of the Berlinale is “L’enlevement de Michel Houellebecq (The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq).” Guillaume Nicloux’ 90-minute film is a faux documentary inspired by the real-life and still-unexplained disappearance of the celebrated and reclusive French author, who didn’t ...

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    'Obvious Child': Abortion Is Hard, But the Material's Hilarious

    In the Sundance hit, Jenny Slate's stand-up comedian finds terminating an unplanned pregnancy leads to some great jokes.

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    From Berlin With Love: How Nick Hornby’s ‘A Long Way Down,’ Starring Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots, Rejects the Conventions of Valentine’s Day

    Valentine’s Day is always a mixed proposition: a celebration for those in love or doom’s day for the lonely singletons desperate for companionship. At least, that’s what most romance films want us to believe — not to mention the lists. All sorts of lists: the top 10 romance films, the top 50 romance...

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    Is the 'Woman's Picture' Dead? Not So Fast.

    Female-directed and -oriented cinema is just fine, but its form(s) change faster than some can keep up.

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    Review: 'The New Black' Offers Complex Portrait of Black Same-Sex Marriage Debate (Now In Theaters)

    Review: 'The New Black' Offers Complex Portrait of Black Same-Sex Marriage Debate (Now In Theaters)

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    A Valentine's Day Prank? Colin Farrell in 'Winter's Tale'

    A white winged horse soars across the New York skyline, reminding us of . . . the Tri-Star production logo? We aren't meant to be that distracted, but if a flying horse can't capture any magic you can imagine how thudding the rest of Winter's Tale is

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    Berlin Review: Fruit Chan's Post-Apocalyptic 'The Midnight After' Is a Wry Satire That Demands Your Attention

    Hong Kong's densely populated metropolitan society is the on the verge of sliding into chaos, or at least that's the tantalizing possibility explored in wry allegorical terms by director Fruit Chan in his erratic but entertaining post-apocalyptic satire "The Midnight After."

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    Winter’s Tale

    Jessica Brown-Findlay is the winsome heroine in the 1916 portion of the story, and it’s nice to see Eva Marie Saint in a lovely cameo, but I shudder to think what Valentine’s date night will be like for couples who choose to see "Winter’s Tale."

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