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    Review: 'Aftershock,' Starring a Nebbish Eli Roth, Plays with Religious Cliches While the Blood Spurts

    When he hasn’t been writing directing or producing some of the more notorious entries in the horror/torture porn catalogue (like “Cabin Fever,” “Hostel,” and the two “Last Exorcisms”) Eli Roth has worked on his parallel career as screen star -- perhaps most notably as the Bear Jew, the baseball bat-...

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    Weekend Preview: Sarah Polley's Must-See Doc 'Stories We Tell,' Baz Luhrmann's Showy but Sagging 'Great Gatsby'

    Canadian writer-director-actress Sarah Polley's brilliant documentary on her enigmatic family history, "Stories We Tell," leads the pack of a slew of top-reviewed limited releases this weekend. Ben Wheatley's "Sightseers," the follow-up to frightfest "Kill List," also hits theaters and VOD, along wi...

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    Review: ‘Aftershock’ Is Like ‘Piranha 3D’ Meets ‘The Impossible’

    Eli Roth was hailed by none other than genre demigod Quentin Tarantino as “the future of horror” following his debut feature “Cabin Fever,” a grotesquely inventive chiller about a flesh-eating virus that has its way with a group of youngsters out camping in the woods. But since then, Roth hasn’t rea...

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    Review: 'Peeples' is a Charming Farce with Black Family Ties (Opens Today)

    The thing to really appreciate about Peeples is its rich and genuine portrayal of the black family at its center. This isn't the hackneyed, artificial blackness we're used to seeing on screen. There's no Gospel proselytizing, no Kevin Hart-like shenanigans, no men in drag. But everything - from the ...

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    A Sexy, Wild Romp You Have to See to Believe: Josephine Decker's 'Butter on the Latch'

    For a lot of the singular voices in the American independent film scene -- several of whom attended the affable Maryland Film Festival this week, where short films and discoveries take center stage -- things are rough. In conversations with a few attendees, I heard candid admissions about the challe...

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    Review - 'Venus And Serena' Is An Entertaining & Revealing Look At A Year In The Lives Of The Tennis Superstars

    Magnolia Pictures is opening Venus And Serena (the feature documentary directed and produced by Maiken Baird and Michelle Major) in theaters today, May 10.

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    Review: 'Peeples' Is Essentially A Predictable Sitcom, But The Cast Makes It An Amusing One

    Is this Craig Robinson’s first step toward becoming the black Kevin James, at least in terms of leading “play-it-safe” mainstream comedies? It could be, but the other career choices he’s made lead me to believe his destination will prove decidedly more interesting. Being a part of the Apatow crew ha...

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    Review: 'No One Lives' A Horrifyingly Dull Serial Killer Thriller

    Well, at the very least, "No One Lives" actually delivers on its title, however, it also tells you exactly what will happen in an already rote, routine and predictable movie. It's an R-rated horror flick that -- with a few obvious, quick cuts -- could easily be PG-13, perhaps indicating no one reall...

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    The Great Gatsby

    Frankly, I was dreading Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of "The Great Gatsby," but I wouldn’t have anticipated that this master of gaudy excess had a genuine desire to do justice to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel.

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    Stories We Tell

    I have a soft spot for Sarah Polley, as I’ve watched her grow up onscreen; my daughter and I used to watch her on TV as "Ramona" when she was 9 years old.

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