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    Review: 'Brasslands' Captures The Lively & Infectious Spirit Of The Music Of Serbia

    Anyone familiar with Emir Kusturica's 1995 film "Underground" has had a taste of the signature Balkan brass music unique to Serbia, a wild, lively, and heart-pumping blend of trumpets, drums and other brass instruments that gives the film its distinctive tone and cultural stamp. "Brasslands," a docu...

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    Review: 'Pawn Shop Chronicles' Starring Paul Walker, Elijah Wood, Brendan Fraser, Thomas Jane, Matt Dillon, Lukas Haas & More

    There’s an alternate reality somewhere, wherein “Pawn Shop Chronicles” is not released in theaters on July 12th, but instead is projected on the wall of a small, narrow hallway in Comic-Con, never to be heard from again. Somehow, a cast of capable, popular actors show up in what seems like the very ...

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    Rinko Kikuchi: Actress on Fire in 'Pacific Rim'

    The one element of Guillermo del Toro's gargantuan "Pacific Rim" that does not seem to be dividing audiences into warring camps is the fierce and charismatic performance of Rinko Kikuchi as the gifted giant robot pilot Mako Mori, whose emotions cut through the visual clutter of every scene she's in...

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    'Pacific Rim' Review: Del Toro's Monster-Scale Epic Needs You!

    Guillermo del Toro is the latest director to enter the summer 2013 tentpole sweepstakes, and the advance tracking on his gigantic monster spectacle "Pacific Rim" doesn't bode well for an opening boffo enough to justify its $180 million cost. Del Toro is a gifted film artist applying his skills in se...

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    DVD REVIEW: Robot Chicken - DC Comics Special

    Adult Swim's bawdy puppet animation series takes on the DC Superheroes in this new DVD release. The show is not for everyone, but for those who know the comics this is a hilarious must-have.

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    Now and Then: Mizoguchi's Bitter Masterpiece 'The Life of Oharu' Now on Criterion

    Director Kenji Mizoguchi's "The Life of Oharu" (1952), newly available in a high-def digital restoration from the Criterion Collection, teems with contradictions. It's epic yet delicate, set in feudal Japan but animated by modern anxieties, at once a traditional picaresque and a bold feminist classi...

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    Indiewire Selects Nine College-Age Film Critics to Participate in the 2013 Locarno Critics Academy

    Our participants hail from eight different countries and educational backgrounds. Their interests range from classic Hollywood cinema to recent hits from the film festival circuit and bigger releases, ensuring that readers can expect an incredibly varied take on this year's Locarno program.

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    10 Things You Should Know About Indian Cinema

    Bollywood movies have been cracking the top 10 on U.S. box office charts a lot lately. That means now's a perfect time for a brief primer on Indian cinema in general. To get an idea of the basics, read on.

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    Rex Reed Still World's Worst Film Critic

    The movie reviews of Rex Reed inspire fierce debate: Questions like, Is he the worst critic alive, or the worst critic in history? Is he a terrible writer, or a terrible person who happens to write? Is he a a greater waste of column inches or oxygen?

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    Review: Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Pacific Rim’

    Lines are being drawn in the sand as we speak and people are taking sides. And if the chatter it so be believed, the entire fate of the movie industry rest in the hands of one very big, wet, hulking mass of a high-concept movie. It’s distracting, but one can’t really discuss Guillermo del Toro’s upc...

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