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    Review: Matteo Garrone's Lightweight & Lifeless 'Reality' Is A Disappointment

    The relationship between audiences and reality television has shifted to some degree over the past decade (or longer). Where early shows were once positioned as voyeuristic/documentary style looks at Real People, it quickly became clear to those in front of the camera, behind it and at home watching...

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    SXSW Review: 'I Give It A Year' Is A Woefully Inept Deconstruction Of Romantic Comedies

    There's a certain amount of winky irreverence built into "I Give It A Year," based on its title alone, which is something that people snarl, usually at the weddings of people who they feel are fundamentally incompatible. The title suggests that, while it might appear to be a bouncy romantic comedy, ...

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    Review: 'My Amityville Horror' Is A Disturbing Mixture Of The Paranormal And The Psychological

    In 1975, George and Kathy Lutz (along with Kathy's three children from a previous marriage), moved into a huge house in Amityville, a tony Long Island suburb. In less than a month, the family would abandon their possessions and leave the house, later claiming it had been the source of a number of su...

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    Review: Stylish, Atmospheric War Vet Action Drama 'The Kill Hole' Anchored By Gripping Performances

    Kill Hole opens theatrically in New York tomorrow, March 15th, courtesy of RBC Film Group and Alternate Ending Studios. It'll expand to LA and Portland in successive weeks.

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    SXSW Review: 'Euphonia' Makes You Hear the World a Different Way

    In the grand tradition of "The Conversation" and "Blow Out" -- but produced with far more modest means -- "euphonia" uses sound to heighten the sense of its characters and audience alike. Danny Madden's microbudget tale of a curious teenager (Will Madden) who grows obsessed with a recording device r...

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    Review: Harmony Korine's 'Spring Breakers' Is A Semi-Conventional Genre Flick & Future Cult Favorite

    This will make you feel old: it has been 18 years since Harmony Korine wrote “Kids” at the age of 21, with the Larry Clark-directed film proving to be something of a firecracker in the midst of mid-'90s indie cinema, by turns controversial, seedy, and honest. Korine made his own directorial debut wi...

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    Timeliest DVD: Nanni Moretti's 'We Have A Pope'

    Why is this pope hiding in the bushes? The first comic conceit in Nanni Moretti's delightful and touching 2011 film We Have A Pope (Habemus Papam) is that no one wants to be pope, especially the guy who is elected, Cardinal Melville -- played by the extraordinary Michel Piccoli. There is no ti...

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    SXSW Review UPDATE: Christopher Abbott of 'Girls' and Gaby Hoffmann Lead Jury Award-Winning Ensemble Cast in 'Burma'

    “Burma,” made by first-time feature filmmaker Carlos Puga and winner of the Grand Jury Award for Ensemble Cast at SXSW, looks at a family in crisis. They aren't falling apart, but instead put together, suddenly, awkwardly, and the building blocks hurt. What starts as a generic and even patience-test...

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    SXSW Review: In Lovely and Devastating Narrative Spotlight Entry 'Good Night,' No One Goes Gently

    One of the best films I’ve seen at SXSW is “Good Night" by Sean H.A. Gallagher, a striking ensemble piece that looks at one night in the lives of a group of thirtysomethings as they unwittingly assemble for an announcement from their friend Leigh (Adriene Mischler): Her leukemia, which has been i...

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    Review: Intimate & Devastating ‘Ginger & Rosa’ Features A Transformative Elle Fanning Performance

    Lovely and devastating, challenging yet worthwhile, Sally Potter's "Ginger & Rosa" may be the English filmmaker's best since "Orlando," and perhaps her most accessible to date. The intimate and sensual picture also features yet another terrific performance by 14-year-old Elle Fanning, who is quickly...

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