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    Review: 'Like Father, Like Son'

    It's no wonder that director Hirokazu Kore-eda's trenchant and humane domestic drama "Like Father, Like Son" picked up the Jury Prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and that jury president Steven Spielberg promptly bought the rights to a US remake.

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    Review: In Oscar Nominated 'The Hunt,' Mikkelsen Plays a Man Wrongly Accused of Society's Worst Crime

    Certain charges can never be lived down, but will return to haunt you again and again. This is a central theme of Danish director Thomas Vinterberg’s brilliantly disturbing “The Hunt,” which has been nominated for the Best Foreign-Language Oscar.

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    The Trouble With Representing HIV/AIDS In The Very Troublesome 'Dallas Buyers Club'

    I'll admit that I walked into "Dallas Buyers Club" looking for trouble. How couldn't I? One of a small handful of American cinematic representations about the onset of the AIDS in the 1980s, any film that tries to tackle a controversially neglected, remarkably devastating chapter in history is set t...

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    REVIEW: "The Nut Job"

    Anyone who doubts the truth of the bromide that January is the time studios trot out films that would otherwise be unreleasable should take a look at The Nut Job, a CG feature that has all the originality and individuality of a Dixie Cup.

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    'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' Is Enjoyable Action, But Fault Lies in the Script -- Not the Stars (REVIEW AND ROUNDUP)

    Reviews have arrived for Kenneth Branagh's Tom Clancy adaptation "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," starring Chris Pine as the eponymous CIA-analyst hero. The verdict thus far is that Pine makes for an appealing (and attractive) lead, stepping into the same shoes that Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben A...

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    How Steven Soderbergh’s ’sex, lies and videotape’ Still Influences Sundance After 25 Years

    Did the Sundance Film Festival make "sex, lies and videotape" or did "sex, lies and videotape" put Sundance on the festival map?

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    Review: 'Summer In February' A Picturesque & Dreary Love Triangle Romance

    There is no doubt that setting can inform character, with the surroundings and mood of a time and place, coming to bear on those living and interacting with those elements. But there needs to be some dimension to the characters on the page first, as no amount of costume design, set decoration or bea...

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    Palm Springs Picks: These Foreign Films Aren't On Your Radar, But They Should Be

    As the festivities in the desert come to a close, here are a few titles to look out for in the months to come.

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    Review- The High Seas of Injustice: A Sailor's Resistance in 'Diego Star'

    “A sailor’s life is like that. We don’t see our sons grow up. When we come back on land, we find a woman who’s remade, rearranged her life in her own way, and sons who’ve become men.”

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