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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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    The Secret Conservatism of Sundance's Most Controversial Film

    With its focus on a young woman's orifices, 'Wetlands' got critics' attention, but its tidy wrap-up is oddly comforting.

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    Penn & Teller Conjure 'Tim's Vermeer'

    Did Vermeer paint by numbers? Tim Jenison, a software innovator with lots of time, imagination and money to throw around, has an idea that comes close to that. In Tim's Vermeer, the delightful new documentary narrated by Penn and directed by Teller, we watch as Jenison tries out his theory.

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    Göteborg Review: Iceland’s ‘Of Horses And Men’ An Appealing, Droll Comedy Of Human-Equine Manners

    While we’re leery of the kind of cultural stereotyping that might lead us to infer that Iceland’s greatest natural resource is quirk, hand drilled by Bjork and Jonsi from the country’s plentiful quirkmines, it’s a reputation that their submission for the Foreign Language Film Oscar doesn’t contradic...

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    Sundance Review: ‘The Babadook’ Is A Terrific Look At The Horrors Of Having Children

    In a small, tucked-away and unnamed Australian suburb, the already ill-behaved Samuel is getting worse. A seven-year-old with an unchecked imagination, unruly hair and teeth, and an untamed nature, Samuel is running wild. Consequently, his widowed, single and stressed-out mother Amelia is having a h...

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