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    Critical Consensus: What Worked and Didn't at the Cannes Film Festival This Year?

    "Every year at one festival or another there's something to shake up the troops. But this year at Cannes, the shocks did indeed seem greater."

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    Review: 'After Earth' Provides Father-Son Counseling Within Generic Sci-Fi Trappings

    In regards to summer blockbusters, there’s a sense that we should grade on a curve. So count a couple of wins in M. Night Shyamalan’s column: “After Earth” is not one of those movies where you have to keep track of a million characters, each one having some sort of individual, arcane plot significan...

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    Review: 'La Camioneta' Provides An Intimate And Hopeful Look At Modern Migration

    The Guatemalan documentary “La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus,” from American director Mark Kendall, sheds light on a little known connection between the United States and Central America. After discovering that most of Guatemala’s public transportation buses – known as camionetas...

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    Now and Then: Remarkable New Doc 'La Camioneta,' a Masterful Miniature (TRAILER)

    Spotsylvania County, Virginia and Queztal City, Guatemala are separated by nearly 3,000 miles of road, and by what would seem, at first, an unbridgeable cultural distance. But in Mark Kendall's remarkable documentary "La Camioneta" -- a brilliant microhistory of our globalized world -- you're hard p...

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    Book Review: 'Rainer on Film'

    If “Rainer on Film” were simply a compendium of the movie reviews Peter Rainer has written over the last three decades, it would be no more or less worth reading than any film critic that you admire or dislike. There are a lot of reviews in the book, but there are also quirky overviews on the career...

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    Review: Documentary 'Hey Bartender' Blends One Part Character Study, Two Parts Style

    BOOZE! It may not be quite as good a come-on as SEX! but there’s also a double shot of sexiness in “Hey Bartender,” which despite its shot-and-beer title is about the fine art of mixology, a.k.a. the alchemical mixing of alcoholic beverages (with names like Weep No More, the Minnehaha and the always...

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    Review: James Marsh's 'Shadow Dancer' Starring Clive Owen & Andrea Riseborough

    If “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” represented the height of Cold War paranoia within the British intelligence community, then “Shadow Dancer” is the next chapter, replacing the ominous Russian government with a more localized threat: The Troubles in Northern Ireland.

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    Here Are All of Indiewire's Reviews From the 2013 Cannes Film Festival

    From the Palme d'Or winning coming of age epic "Blue is the Warmest Color" to Steven Soderbergh's star-studded Liberace biopic "Behind the Candelabra" to James Franco's most ambitious directorial effort to date, Indiewire was on the scene at the 66th Festival de Cannes to review the bulk of the most...

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    Cannes: While American Films Flatlined, Here Are the Highlights From Un Certain Regard

    It was a big year for American films in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, but in the neighboring Un Certain Regard section, they came and went with a whimper. Perhaps that's because they simply played it too safe in a section filled with daring creativity. Literally translated as "Of a Certa...

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    Review: Margarethe von Trotta's 'Hannah Arendt' an Alluring Portrait of Mass Guilt and One Woman Who Wouldn't Back Down

    Margarethe von Trotta’s captivating “Hannah Arendt” is a slice of a biopic; it covers a ferociously controversial two years in the life of the 20th century philosopher who, during that time, would coin the term “the banality of evil.” Through Arendt’s story, the film looks at uneasy manifestations o...

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