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    New York Asian Film Fest Reviews: 'Vulgaria,' 'The King Of Pigs' & 'Dead Bite'

    Usually the New York Asian Film Festival opens with a film that carries name recognition in the West, either by those involved, or by a familiar genre or trope. In the case of this year’s opener, “Vulgaria,” it’s an increasingly familiar genre, that being the hyper-indulgent, semi-improvisational, l...

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    Review: 'Collaborator' Milks That Old New York-Intellectual-In-LA-Suburb Conflict

    Playwright Robert Longfellow, the lead character in “Collaborator,” is a familiar New York intellectual struggling to produce honest work. Despite notably lucrative side gigs as a Hollywood screenwriter for hire, he hasn’t lived up to what the (fake) Times loudly boasted as a once-hypothetical “the ...

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    Weekend Preview: 'Amazing Spider-Man,' 'Savages,' 'Do-Deca,' 'Collaborator' & More

    In case you haven't seen "Beasts of the Southern Wild" yet, that's still your best bet for an exciting cinematic experience. This holiday weekend's offerings feel tired and uninspired...

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    Review: 'Katy Perry: Part Of Me' Pulls You Into The Performer's DayGlo World

    Katy Perry is a pop sensation like few others in the cultural landscape of 2012 – less arty and pretentious than Lady Gaga, more wholesome and sweet than Rihanna – she is the wayward daughter of a pair of Pentecostal preachers, one who has succeeded with a sugar-sexy shtick that teases just enough t...

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    Criticwire Picks: 'The Do-Deca Pentathlon' Outlasts the Competition

    In early March, when the Olympics were still months away, a different kind of athletic prowess made its debut at the South by Southwest Film Festival. “The Do-Deca Pentathlon,” a film by Jay and Mark Duplass, follows two brothers who attempt to create a definitive, 25-discipline event. A...

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    Critical Consensus: Anthony Kaufman and Peter Rainer on Steven Soderbergh, Oliver Stone and Today's Auteur Theory

    Editor’s note: Critical Consensus is a biweekly feature in which two critics from Indiewire’s Criticwire network discuss new releases with Indiewire’s chief film critic, Eric Kohn. Here, Indiewire contributor and ReelPolitik blogger Anthony Kaufman joins Christian Science Monito...

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    The Amazing Spider-Man—movie review

    There’s nothing inherently wrong with 'The Amazing Spider-Man', but in the immortal words of Yogi Berra, it’s déjà vu all over again. By retelling the origin story of Peter Parker so soon after Sam Raimi’s 2002 smash hit, starring Tobey Maguire, the new filmmaking team, led by director Marc Webb, no...

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    Review: Oliver Stone's Hard-Boiled Crime Saga 'Savages' A Muddled & Messy Disappointment

    It’s always unfortunate to watch a filmmaker slip further away from his better work with age – but even more so when it’s one who exhibited the sort of storytelling craft that could both frustrate and engage his audience all at once. Director Oliver Stone has always been one to challenge his viewers...

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    With 'Savages,' Oliver Stone Turns a Pulpy Novel About the Drug War Into… A Pulpy Movie About the Drug War

    Stone tackles this sun-soaked California tale of young marijuana growers tussling with the territorial Mexican cartel by borrowing the book's breathless forward motion and wily tone.

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