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    Review: Big-Hearted & Hilarious 'Silver Linings Playbook' A Touchdown From David O. Russell

    Life hasn't been too kind lately for Pat Solitano. He's just been released from a court ordered stint in a mental hospital after severly beating the man he caught cheating with his wife. Diagnosed as bipolar with mood swings, Pat has a difficult journey ahead of him but he's optimistic. With a rally...

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    Rome Film Festival Review: How Johnnie To's 'Drug War' Confirms the Director's Skill

    A solid, visceral action flick from Hong Kong maestro Johnnie To, "Du Zhan" ("Drug War") delivers on audience expectations. Confidently following a familiar route, the Chinese director brings his brand of muscular gangster movies to a new potential market. In fact, "Drug War...

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    10 Reviews of New Releases, From 'Anna Karenina' To 'Silver Linings'

    This weekly column is intended to provide reviews of nearly every new release, including films on VOD (and in certain cases some studio releases). Specifics release dates and locations follow each review.

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    AFI Fest Review: 'The International Sign For Choking' Is Simultaneously Brash And Boring

    “The International Sign for Choking,” the second feature from writer-director Zach Weintraub, is kind of like one of those short-term relationships that ends when you both decide that you don’t like each other enough to keep calling. You’re not entirely sure what the point of...

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    AFI Fest Review: 'The Most Fun I've Ever Had With My Pants On' Loses Its Way In This Overworked, Predictable Road Movie

    Extremely personal films can prove problematic. In general, art can serve very well as a form of expression and catharsis, with the medium of film catering to this cause with particular success due to its multi-sensory stimulation. But when an individual’s emotional release begins to overwhelm...

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    Review: Parker Posey Is Comedic Napalm In 'Price Check'

    The frown of Parker Posey is like a map of comic chaos. The chief weapon amongst her considerable comic skills (the sarcastic smile is a close second), it does more than inform Posey’s characters, all of whom seem to be suffering some sort of cultural malaise. It’s so all-encompassing, as if her mou...

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    Review: 'Mea Maxima Culpa' A Provocative, Emotive, Dogged Investigation Into A Landmark Clerical Sex Abuse Case

    By turns moving, absorbing and downright rage-inducing, “Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God” is celebrated documentarian Alex Gibney’s account of sexual abuse in St John’s School for the Deaf in Milwaukee during the '60s and '70s, which he then uses as a launchpad to follow the chain of c...

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    Critical Consensus: Eric Kohn and Peter Knegt On the Oscar Prospects of 'Anna Karenina,' 'Silver Linings Playbook' and More

    Chief film critic Eric Kohn and senior editor Peter Knegt reconvene to get under the hood of the awards race: what's working, what's not and where the 'Silver Linings' are.

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    Keira Knightley In An 'Anna Karenina' Cold As A Russian Winter

    With its snowy landscapes, sumptuous costumes and old-world aura, Anna Karenina is as pretty as a holiday window – and just about as lively and surprising. Placing Tolstoy’s enduring story of a married woman’s deadly, passionate infidelity in a theatrical setting – nearl...

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