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    Rooftop Films Review: Porn & Environmentalism Meet In Documentary 'Fuck For Forest'

    Leona and Tommy, a young Norwegian couple, were upset by the amount of war and destruction of the earth they saw on the news, so they decided to put their best talents to work in order to save the environment. Embodying the motto, "do the best you can with what you've got," Leona and Tommy set about...

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    Blurred Lines: Claire Simon's 'Gare du Nord' and 'Human Geography' Challenge the Boundaries Between Fiction and Doc

    How appropriate it is that Claire Simon's complementary pair of pictures, the narrative Gare du Nord and the documentary Human Geography, should take place at the train station that lends the former its name. Railways have occupied a pride of place in cinema since its birth: We all know, of course, ...

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    More Than 'Honey': Has the Swiss Documentary Renaissance Peaked?

    Imagine not only trying to do a documentary on beekeeping around the world, but also trying to fascinate audiences with that most uninviting of subject matters. The more cautious among us would surely walk away from such a daunting project. Yet in 2012, swiss director Marcus Imhoof bravely accepted ...

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    Review: 'Kick-Ass 2' Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jim Carrey, Christopher Mintz-Plasse & More

    The pressure of insurmountable expectations from established predecessors hangs over “Kick-Ass 2,” seen in the characters of Mindy Macready (Chloe Grace Moretz) and Chris D’Amico (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). Teenage Mindy trains to push herself as costumed crimefighter Hit-Girl, visibly seeking appro...

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    Locarno Film Festival Review: Stunning Documentary 'Manakamana' Is the Must-See Cinematic Experience of the Year

    The camera-wielding researchers at Harvard's Sensory Ethnography Lab, an eccentric team responsible for experimental documentaries like last year's groundbreaking fishing-boat portrait "Leviathan" and the shepherd-focused "Sweetgrass," typically refuse to identify as "filmmakers" in the traditional ...

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    Short Term, Longwave: Coming of Age in Locarno

    Destin Cretton's Short Term 12 and Lionel Baier's Les Grandes Ondes (a L'ouest) (English title: Longwave), screened on the same day at the 66th Locarno Film Festival, underway right now. First glances may imply that the two share little in common, with the former an unflinching American indie drama ...

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    Locarno Film Festival Review: Dracula Meets Casanova In Albert Serra's Bizarrely Fascinating 'The Story of My Death'

    The title of Spanish director Albert Serra's four feature, "The Story of My Death," presents a sardonic riff on 18th century Italian Renaissance man Giacomo Casanova. His memoir, "Story of My Life," recounts his lively travels across Europe and encounters with fellow luminaries of his era like Volta...

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    Corneliu's Comic Catharsis: 'When Evening Falls on Bucharest' Looks Back With Laughter

    "I've been formed by this limit." These words, spoken by the film director protagonist of Corneliu Porumboiu's When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism about his fondness for the time restrictions imposed by shooting on celluloid, could just as well describe the emergence in the last decade of ...

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    Why 'Elysium's World Is Flat

    The under-imagined world of Neil Blomkamp's sci-fi allegory kills any attempt at political commentary.

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    'The Patience Stone': An Afghan Woman With Global Impact

    The Patience Stone is an exceptional, eloquent film with a richly specific setting and global resonance. Directed by Atiq Rahimi, it is the story of an Afghan woman in a war-torn village, keeping watch over her once-belligerent, now comatose husband. The plot turns on a question that gets to the...

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