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    How Many Bad Movies Does It Take to Ruin a Film Festival? This Year's Rotterdam Has the Answer

    Simply put, there are now far too many film-festivals, and most of them show far, far too many films.

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    Review: 'Love Is In The Air' Starring Ludivine Sagnier, A Decent But Clichéd And Conventional Rom-Com

    Putting things into categories has become part of a category in itself but, for lack of a better introduction to this review, humour us for a second. There's two kinds of romantic comedies in this world. There are those that consciously avoid the trappings of rom-com conventions in order to say some...

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    Review: 'The Lego Movie' Starring Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Will Arnett & More

    It's easy to view "The Lego Movie" with a degree of skepticism, if not outright suspicion. This is, after all, a movie that is based on a popular line of building block toys, and one that, unlike big screen adaptations of things like "Transformers" or "Battleship," actually retain the original toy's...

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    Critic's Notebook: How Philip Seymour Hoffman Rescued American Movies

    Nobody could mess with a Philip Seymour Hoffman performance.

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    SBIFF Review: Tragicomic 'Night Has Settled' Confronts Icky Adolescence Head-On

    Steve Clark's visually assured sophomore feature "Night Has Settled," which world-premiered this weekend at the Santa Barbara Film Festival this weekend, sits somewhere between the films of Larry Clark and the novels of Jonathan Safran Foer on the scale of adolescent coming-of-age ickiness.

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    Are These the Best Short Films of 2013? Reviewing the Most Offbeat Oscar Nominees

    Of all categories worth scrutinizing during the chaos of Oscar season, none provides a more diverse overview of recent cinema than the short film categories.

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    Göteborg Review: Star-Studded 'Trespassing Bergman' An Irreverent, Warmhearted Doc About Ingmar Bergman's Legacy

    As much as we’re diehard devotees to the work of Ingmar Bergman, occasionally the sombre reverence in which he’s held can make the prospect of participating in the critical narrative that surrounds his astonishing filmography feel about as much fun as, well, playing chess with Death. But “Trespassin...

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    Tim’s Vermeer

    An improbable subject has inspired a unique documentary which comes with an unusual pedigree: it was produced by those inventive magicians Penn and Teller, and directed by Teller. (Photo by Luren Jenison)

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