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    Criticwire Picks: "Attenberg" Highlights a Week of Fish, Cabins and Sonic Rebellions

    Fish diplomats, creepy cabin getaways and musical terrorists all figure into this week's new releases. Here's a look at some of the averages for new films rated by members of Indiewire's Criticwire Network.

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    Memoir of a Character Actor: Dark Visions of a Golden Age

    Rick Lenz's memoir "North of Hollywood" is full of "good drinkers." Jason Robards was one, shimmying up a flagpole one night; George C. Scott was another. Jackie Gleason, smashed through much of the shoot of a failed comedy called "How Do I Love Thee?" (1971), is not counted a "good drinker." He cou...

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    The Long Take In 'Silent House' Is Effective, But to What End?

    Forget that "Silent House" is shot in a single, continuous long take and what do you have? A persistently terrified Elizabeth Olsen embodying a young woman even less in touch with reality than her brainwashed character in "Martha Marcy May Marlene." A few well-timed jump scares. ...

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    So, Who's The Heroine of 'Smash'?

    When "Smash" (airing Mondays at 10pm) kicked off a few weeks ago, the backstage Broadway drama was described by many critics as "Glee" for grownups. Now that the show's a third of the way through its 15-episode season, that's starting to seem as much a cautionary note as ...

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    Review: 'Jiro Dreams Of Sushi' A Fascinating (If Sometimes Jarring) Profile Of A Master Chef

    There’s something weirdly off-putting about the music cues in "Jiro Dreams of Sushi," a documentary-cum-character study of an 85-year-old sushi “shokunin” or craftsman. Octogenarian Jiro Ono is the cheeriest of workaholics. He can’t imagine retiring, at least not un...

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    Why 'John Carter' Is a Fascinating Disaster, Early Reviews (Video)

    You could see Disney's "John Carter" (March 9) shaping up as a misfire from a long way off. No studio has projected "disaster" so loudly since Sony's misbegotten remake of "Godzilla" in 1998. For a $250 million movie to be tracking near a $25 million opening is ...

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    Review: 'Convento' Is An Intriguing & Moving Look At Art And Life

    The Zwanikken clan story is not your Daddy’s family tales. Back in 1980 Geraldine and Kees (ballerina and photographer respectively) needed a creative spark to their battery, and together with their two children (Christiaan and Louis) they abandoned Holland for a decrepit convent in a remote Portugu...

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    Review: 'Attenberg' Is A Strange And Unique Experience

    Thanks to the hard-working welcoming committee of Athina Rachel Tsangari's "Attenberg," we are at first introduced to a white wall, where cracks and stains abound. Two young women, Marina (Ariane Labed) and Bella (Evangelina Randou, "Kinetta") dip into the frame, briefly conversing before launching ...

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    Review: 'Silent House' Manages Some Surrealistic Thrills Inside Some Rigid Technical Restraints

    "Silent House" has a nifty hook – it's being billed as a "real time" (probably not) horror movie filled in a single, unified shot (again: there are eight separate shots, but that's still pretty impressive). In a way it's a stylish extension of the current found footage craze, as we're locked into a ...

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    Review: 'John Carter' Is One Long, Muddled, Uninvolving Flashback Made To Set Up A Sequel

    Arriving in theaters on a wave of press that has included much chatter about the film's budget, its reshoots and the expectations Disney has on the project, "John Carter" is not your ordinary tentpole in more ways than one. Rarely do films meet this kind of scrutiny on the way to the t...

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