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    Book Review: Graphic Novel 'Snowpiercer Volume 1: The Escape' Sets The Stage With A Chilly Futuristic Vision

    A train with 1001 carriages circles the earth, carrying the last remaining survivors of an event that has made the planet essentially uninhabitable. And you thought the polar vortex was bad. In this tale, the entire globe is encased in ice and snow, and temperatures are so low that death comes nearl...

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    Göteborg Review: Venice Winner ‘Class Enemy’ A Lean, Absorbing Parable Of Authoritarianism & Rebellion

    While we could wish it had a less punny title, “Class Enemy,” the debut feature film from Slovenian shorts filmmaker Rok Bicek is in almost every other way exemplary. Unashamedly cerebral, the film’s cool intelligence shows most in its control and formal rigor that encourage the audience—whose sympa...

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    This Weekend, See Oscar Shut-Outs 'Labor Day' and 'Tim's Vermeer'

    The steady stream of Oscar prestige movies has finally cooled, so with the end of an era come two last-minute Academy shut-outs, "Labor Day" and "Tim's Vermeer," as well as a romantic comedy for the guys, "That Awkward Moment."

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    Sundance Review: Documentary 'Cesar's Last Fast' Has All The Right Intentions, But Lacks The Execution

    Being critical of a documentary that has such innocent and beautiful intentions is like giving your honest opinion to a smitten young couple about their ugly baby; one of those "Seinfeld" moments of brutal awkwardness. The baby in question here is Richard Perez's documentary "Cesar's Last Fast," whi...

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    Review: Documentary '12 O'Clock Boys' Is A Beautifully Shot Look At Baltimore's Dirt Bike Riders

    This first film from Lotfy Nathan benefits from a pair of engaging subjects: teenage Pug and the city of Baltimore. In “12 O’Clock Boys,” Nathan captured Pug’s life for three years, following him as he moved from childhood to adolescence across several rough Baltimore neighborhoods.

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    'Charlie Victor Romeo' and the Poetry of Plane Crashes

    Watching the movie whose dialogue come from the black boxes of downed planes is like confronting your own death, but in a good way.

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    New York Times Takes On Film Society of Lincoln Center And Gets It Wrong. Here’s Why

    In this weekend's Sunday Arts & Leisure section of the New York Times, the paper's top film critics offer up some sharp words for one of the city's venerated film institutions under the guise of constructive criticism.

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    Sundance Review: Grand Jury Prize-Winning Doc 'Rich Hill' Is A Finely Observed Portrait Of Millenial American Boyhood

    In looking at two of the lauded Sundance 2014 documentaries, “The Overnighters” (a Special Jury prize winner; read our review) and “Rich Hill” (which won the Grand Jury Prize), a common theme makes itself apparent, with these two films running parallel to each other in their milieus, but in very dif...

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    Review: Slamdance Jury Prize Winner “Rezeta" Provides a Showcase for Newcomer Fernando Frias

    Taking home the Jury Award for Narrative Feature at Slamdance, "Rezeta" at times may seem as desultory as its titular character, but it steadily proves itself to be a deft and droll observation on the fleeting nature of relationships.

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    Review: An Inventor Learns to Paint, But Is It Art? Exploring 'Tim's Vermeer'

    A spirited look at the quest of an eccentric entrepreneur intent on uncovering the cryptic technique of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, "Tim's Vermeer" plays less like the sort of exposé of trickery one might expect of Penn & Teller and instead focuses on the nature of desiring answers to unsolvable...

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