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    All Tomorrow's Parties: "The Great Gatsby" Meet "Spring Breakers"

    Within the span of a couple months, audiences and media have witnessed the debauched excess of the American Dream gone sour, of attractive young men and women imbibing themselves to delirium, violence and self-destruction. If there ever were a comment on the failed hopes and ideals of our curren...

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    Recap: Christopher Guest's 'Family Tree' Gets Off To A Promising Start & Shows He Hasn't Lost His Touch

    It's been seven far-too-long years since the last feature effort from Christopher Guest, and besides a failed pilot for the U.S. adaptation of the U.K. hit "The Thick Of It" and appearing alongside his regular roster players in a sketch for the 2012 Oscars, not much as been heard from him. But the w...

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    Here Are Indiewire's Top 10 Articles of the Week: Criticizing 'Gatsby,' Lee Daniels' Latest, BAM's Booed At Cannes Series and More

    Even with last week's major release becoming the second highest opening weekend gross of all time and Cannes just a week away, much of this week's focus seemed to lie squarely on today's major release: Baz Luhrmann's heavily anticipated/derided "Great Gatsby" 3D extravaganza. Throughout the week, we...

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    Review: 'Aftershock,' Starring a Nebbish Eli Roth, Plays with Religious Cliches While the Blood Spurts

    When he hasn’t been writing directing or producing some of the more notorious entries in the horror/torture porn catalogue (like “Cabin Fever,” “Hostel,” and the two “Last Exorcisms”) Eli Roth has worked on his parallel career as screen star -- perhaps most notably as the Bear Jew, the baseball bat-...

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    Weekend Preview: Sarah Polley's Must-See Doc 'Stories We Tell,' Baz Luhrmann's Showy but Sagging 'Great Gatsby'

    Canadian writer-director-actress Sarah Polley's brilliant documentary on her enigmatic family history, "Stories We Tell," leads the pack of a slew of top-reviewed limited releases this weekend. Ben Wheatley's "Sightseers," the follow-up to frightfest "Kill List," also hits theaters and VOD, along wi...

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    Review: ‘Aftershock’ Is Like ‘Piranha 3D’ Meets ‘The Impossible’

    Eli Roth was hailed by none other than genre demigod Quentin Tarantino as “the future of horror” following his debut feature “Cabin Fever,” a grotesquely inventive chiller about a flesh-eating virus that has its way with a group of youngsters out camping in the woods. But since then, Roth hasn’t rea...

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    Review: 'Peeples' is a Charming Farce with Black Family Ties (Opens Today)

    The thing to really appreciate about Peeples is its rich and genuine portrayal of the black family at its center. This isn't the hackneyed, artificial blackness we're used to seeing on screen. There's no Gospel proselytizing, no Kevin Hart-like shenanigans, no men in drag. But everything - from the ...

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    A Sexy, Wild Romp You Have to See to Believe: Josephine Decker's 'Butter on the Latch'

    For a lot of the singular voices in the American independent film scene -- several of whom attended the affable Maryland Film Festival this week, where short films and discoveries take center stage -- things are rough. In conversations with a few attendees, I heard candid admissions about the challe...

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    Review - 'Venus And Serena' Is An Entertaining & Revealing Look At A Year In The Lives Of The Tennis Superstars

    Magnolia Pictures is opening Venus And Serena (the feature documentary directed and produced by Maiken Baird and Michelle Major) in theaters today, May 10.

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    Review: 'Peeples' Is Essentially A Predictable Sitcom, But The Cast Makes It An Amusing One

    Is this Craig Robinson’s first step toward becoming the black Kevin James, at least in terms of leading “play-it-safe” mainstream comedies? It could be, but the other career choices he’s made lead me to believe his destination will prove decidedly more interesting. Being a part of the Apatow crew ha...

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