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    Weekend Preview: 'Side by Side' & 'The Awakening' Best Bets Over Divisive 'Sparkle,' 'Cosmopolis' and 'Robot & Frank'

    There's no shortage of films opening this weekend, but many will be disappointments if you go in with high expectations. The safest bet is Chris Kenneally's doc "Side by Side," which is both a treat for film buffs and a primer for anyone looking to get behind a camera in today'...

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    Review: Disappointing 'Robot & Frank' Is High Concept Sci-Fi That's Low On Ideas

    In recent years, Sundance has been hit with a handful of smart science fiction films tackling large themes within an extremely limited scope. From the $7,000 “Primer” to the $5 million “Moon,” their respective filmmakers managed to put forth some interesting ideas without being hindered creatively b...

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    Criticwire Picks: 'Side by Side' Keeps Digital vs. Film at the Top

    Two of the best-reviewed films of 2012's first half make their way to theaters this weekend, but it's the industry-centric documentary that takes this week's top spot.

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    Review: 'Painted Skin: The Resurrection' Spotlights Imaginative Special Effects In Derivative Story

    Today’s generation of filmgoers and filmmakers forget that at the very heart of the first cinematic techniques known as “special effects,” there was a shade of mystery and mysticism as well. This otherworldliness made visual sleight of hand seem like an extra-sensory experience, allowing films to tr...

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    Critical Consensus: The Locarno Critics Academy Breaks Down the 2012 Festival

    Critical Consensus is a biweekly column in which critics discuss new releases or events in the film world. In this special edition, Indiewire critic Eric Kohn moderates a discussion with the eight participants in the 2012 Locarno Critics Academy, a workshop for college-age film critics that took ...

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    Review: Rebecca Hall Chiller 'The Awakening' Is Flawed, But Also Kind Of A Blast

    All too often, the horror genre is at the less respectable end of the critical spectrum, with cheap, gory exploitation fare designed to bring in hordes of teenagers on opening weekend, and not do much beyond that. But there have been exceptions over the years, in the form of a classier kind of scare...

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  • Caryn James
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    Ghostbuster at Downton Abbey: 'The Awakening' (Review)

    If you approach 'The Awakening' as I did, a fan of Dominic West from 'The Wire' (gritty West) and 'The Hour' (dashing West)  -- well, we’ll always have 'The Wire' and 'The Hour.' He is is so underused that he barely gets to raise an eyebrow in ...

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    The Odd Life Of Timothy Green—movie review

    When I was a kid I was always drawn to stories with fantasy elements, like 'Harvey', 'Here Comes Mr. Jordan', 'On Borrowed Time' and 'Death Takes a Holiday'. Introducing unexplainable or mystical elements into a real-world setting is hard to resist, when it’s done right.

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    Combative New York Premiere of 'Compliance' Latest Victim of the Most Provocative Film of the Year

    The best movies encourage audience reaction. "Compliance" forces it on them. Some find the experience enlightening; others are wildly infuriated by the human behavior it presents. However, there's always one constant: The crowd speaks up.

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