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    Berlin Review: Jennifer Connelly and Cillian Murphy Star In Mopey Arctic Drama 'Aloft'

    The snow-encrusted landscapes of the Arctic Circle provide a sweeping backdrop for spiritual yearning in Claudia Llosa's "Aloft," but the heavy-handed drama at the center of Peruvian director Claudia Llosa's first English language feature can't keep pace.

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    Behind the Scenes with Wes Anderson's 'Fantastic Mr. Fox'

    Like no one else, Wes Anderson combines a sense of childhood – arrested childhood in The Royal Tenenbaums, actual kids in Moonrise Kingdom – with a sophisticated narrative and gloriously detailed visuals that might be dollhouses come to life. No wonder Fantastic Mr. Fox, (newly released by the Crite...

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    Berlin Review: Josephine Decker’s ‘Thou Wast Mild And Lovely’ Both Fascinating And Frustrating

    In the sun-dappled, sweltering hills on a Kentucky farm, a minute shift in the pastoral chemistry is seemingly unnerving nature. This change in the air is not initially calamitous, but nevertheless felt, possibly subconsciously, by the entire environment. This interruption comes in the form of Akin ...

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    Berlin Review: Saar Klein's 'Things People Do' Starring Wes Bentley, Jason Isaacs & Vinessa Shaw

    Aiming to be the kind of restrained, grown-up ethical drama that we don't see a great deal of anymore, "Things People Do" from editor-turned-director Saar Klein, premiered unassumingly at the Berlin Film Festival, as though aware it was predestined to be almost immediately eclipsed by showier, punch...

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    Straight Eye For The Queer Guy: On Chris Nelson's "Date and Switch"

    “Date and Switch” is, happily, the third high school comedy in three months—after “Geography Club” and “G.B.F.”—to feature a positive gay teen character in a central role. In this film, Matty (Hunter Cope) and his best buddy Michael (Nicholas Braun) make a pact: dump their respective girlfriends Em ...

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    Berlin Review: Wes Bentley Plays a Suburban Dad-Turned-Robber In 'Breaking Bad'-Like Thriller 'Things People Do'

    Like a condensation of the plot and themes in "Breaking Bad" without the meth, director Saar Klein's impressive debut "Things People Do" puts a criminal spin on suburban discontent

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    'This Is Spinal Tap' at 30: This Tragedy Goes to 11

    As the mockumentary classic hits three decades, revisiting the tragedy underneath its comedy, and the triumph underneath that.

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    BOOK REVIEW: "The Art of Mr. Peabody and Sherman"

    There’s no denying it - from the banquet of production art, concept sketches, backgrounds and other details that festoon this tome, Dreamworks' latest animated feature is sumptuous indeed. The Art of Mr. Peabody And Sherman explains what Lion King co-director Rob Minkoff saw in reviving these classi...

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    Berlin Review: 'The Dark Valley' Starring Sam Riley Is A Dour, Unoriginal German-Language Western

    A stranger rides into an isolated hardscrabble town, embarks on a personal quest for bloody revenge and along the way becomes the townspeople's champion: so far, so every Western ever made. But the big twist here is that everyone's speaking German, even Sam Riley who plays the film's hero, and the m...

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    Berlin Review: Alain Resnais' 'Life of Riley' Is Disappointingly Lackluster Filmed Theater From a French New Wave Master

    The filmmaker vanishes into the static nature of the stage play that provides the movie with its source material.

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