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    Berlin Review: 'The Two Faces Of January' With Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Isaac And Kirsten Dunst

    On paper, there are any number of reasons to be excited for "The Two Faces of January," which screens during the Berlin Film Festival this week. The three leads, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen and Oscar Isaac are all actors we admire, the director may be a first-timer in this role, but Hossein Amini...

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    PAFF 2014 Review: 'La Playa D.C.': An Afro-Colombian Coming of Age Story

    PAFF 2014 Review: 'La Playa D.C.': An Afro-Colombian Coming of Age Story

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    Review: Danny Boyle's Police TV Show Pilot 'Babylon' Starring Brit Marling & James Nesbitt

    With an Oscar, two Best Picture nominations (one of which won), national hero status thanks to the Olympics and an acclaimed stage play in his recent past, Danny Boyle can do pretty much whatever he wants these days (even with the critical and commercial failure of "Trance" coming last year—though t...

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    Berlin Review: Ominous Forces Grip Argentinian Society In Benjamin Naishtat's Mesmerizing Debut 'History of Fear'

    Buenos Aires is a haven for paranoia and confusion in Argentinian writer-director Benjamin Naishtat's mesmerizing debut.

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    Berlin Review: A Sex Surrogate Finds Love, Kinda, In Anja Marquardt's Fascinating Debut 'She's Lost Control'

    From the opening minutes of "She's Lost Control," it's clear that Anja Marquardt's portrait of a sex surrogate in New York City will take its subject matter dead seriously.

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    Berlin Review: Why the Shorter Version of 'Nymphomaniac Volume I' Is Better Than Lars Von Trier's Director's Cut

    The edition version of "Nymphomaniac" (at least the first half) seems to have more to do with the streamlining of an unwieldy corpus than any attempt by the distributor to deprive the public of some additional graphic money shots.

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    Berlin Review: Lars von Trier's Director's Cut Of 'Nymphomaniac Part 1'

    Lars von Trier is going to Hell. The devil, after all, has all the best tunes, and on the evidence of "Nymphomaniac Part 1," which has its world premiere in its unexpurgated, director-preferred 145-minute version at the Berlin Film Festival, von Trier is a maestro at his zenith, conducting what may ...

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    Berlin Review: 'Yves Saint Laurent' An Inert, Precious Biopic Dressed In Fancy Clothes

    Suffering from the same handsome-but-uninspired treatment that sinks so many Hollywood biopics, the French-language "Yves Saint Laurent" from director Jalil Lespert, which traces the life of the pioneering fashion designer through its most turbulent decades, had its premiere recently at the Berlin F...

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    Reviews of Bong Joon-ho's Uncut 'Snowpiercer' Hail a Masterpiece, Or Part of One

    Bong Joon-ho's embattled English-language debut finally meets the English-speaking press, who find that even its uncut version feels incomplete.

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    Review: Was 'Snowpiercer' Worth the Battle For the Director's Cut?

    Bong Joon-ho's wild "Snowpiercer" finally arrives after a feud between the director and Harvey Weinstein put 20 minutes of the film in jeopardy.

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