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    Tribeca Review: Grisly 'Raze' Wastes The Surprising Presence Of Zoe Bell

    The women-in-prison genre gets a contemporary reworking in the grisly slugfest “Raze.” There’s no sex or nudity in this film, which pairs off a large ensemble of actresses in a series of increasingly violent fistfights to the death, and some audiences might find this a cause for celebration -- Bechd...

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    Louisiana International Film Festival Continues with Industry Expo, Strong Documentaries, 'I Am Divine' (TRAILER)

    The days' screenings: it's doc day! "Life According to Sam" showed at Sundance and is to be broadcast on HBO in the fall . The second doc is Jeff Kaufman's lively, densely-populated "The Savoy King," which debuted at the New York Film Festival. The third is "I Am Divine," by accomplished documentari...

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    Now and Then: Olivier and the Bard

    "I can smile, and murder while I smile," confides that notorious noble, Richard, Duke of Gloucester (Laurence Olivier), "and frame my face to all occasions." For Olivier, pronouncing "frame" like "feign," it's an auspicious beginning. In Shakespeare's words, he finds his performer's credo.

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    Tribeca Film: Wadjda - Written and Directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour

    What Wadjda (Waad Mohammed) wants to do is simple - ride a bike. That shouldn't be so difficult, but when you live in Saudia Arabia, a place where women can't drive, a girl riding a bike in the street is not allowed

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    Tribeca Review: Anti-Biodoc Delves into the Austere World of Michael Haneke: "true beauty is accuracy" (TRAILER)

    You'll get only small fragments of Michael Haneke's biography in "Michael H., Profession Director." Yet you will see how Haneke works. And you'll get a strong dose of how actors feel about the man who forces them to force audiences to confront terrifying emotions.

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    Criticwire Picks: 'Sun Don't Shine' Appeals to All of Critics' Five Senses

    Can you feel a movie? Not really, but critics explain why Amy Seimetz' debut film brings you about as close as you can get.

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    Keanu Reeves Gives His Weirdest and Most Distinctive Performance In Years In 'Generation Um...'

    Few actors carry over their onscreen persona from one project to another like Keanu Reeves. In recent years, however, his subdued demeanor has been virtually absent from American cinema, save for a handful of supporting roles and one vaguely interesting change of pace in the heist movie "Henry's Cri...

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    Review: 'Pain & Gain' Is Sour Candy (In Theaters Today, 4/26)

    Review: 'Pain & Gain' Is Sour Candy (In Theaters Today, 4/26)

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    "At Any Price": Zac Efron and The Decline of America's Heartland

    Is the most politically thought-provoking film of the season a drama starring Zac Efron as an aspiring racecar driver? Seems so. Directed by Ramin Bahrani, "At Any Price" stars Efron as a young farmer's son from the Heartland with big dreams of escaping his small-town life. On the surface, it could ...

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    Review: Ulrich Seidl’s ‘Paradise: Love’ A Difficult But Provocative Watch With An Astounding Central Performance

    Black/white, rich/poor, fat/thin, female/male, old/young -- these are just a few of the dichotomies explored in the first of the 'Paradise' trilogy from Austrian director Ulrich Seidl. Our chronology is a bit messed up, since we already reviewed (very favorably) the second entry “Paradise: Faith” ou...

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