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    Valentine's Day Massacre: The Worst Reviews of This Week's New Movies

    Lots of would-be romances opening this weekend, but you're better off staying in bed.

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    Review: Adaptation 'Winter's Tale' Is Ruined by Writer-Director Akiva Goldsman

    That thud you just heard was “Winter’s Tale” landing in the theaters today, and poised to become a touchstone in the history of misbegotten literary adaptations. It’s been 30 years since Mark Helprin published his enchanting and enchanted novel about time travel, Old New York, beautiful consumptives...

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    Berlin Review: 'Inbetween Worlds' a Strong, Affecting German-Afghan Military Drama

    A German soldier back for a second tour in Afghanistan, Jesper is a man in turmoil: His brother, also a soldier, was killed there, not far from where Jesper is now stationed as commander of a squad protecting the village of a local (and friendly) militia. Tarik, a young Afghan working as a translato...

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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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