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    SXSW 2012 Review - "The Raid: Redemption" (Indonesian Actioner Delivers Relentless Bloody Brutality)

    A film that's already developing a cult following, even though it's only commercial exhibits have been on the film festival circuit, starting with a 2011 Toronto Film Festival debut (it's now a Sony Pictures property, scheduled for a US and Indonesia release in March of this ye...

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    SXSW '12 Review: 'The Raid: Redemption' Is A Triumph Of Kicks, Punches & Unrelenting Thrills

    If you ever wanted a feature-length version of the scene from Tony Jaa’s “The Protector” where in one shot he literally fights his way up to the roof of a building filled with baddies, then “The Raid” is the movie for you. Although his two previous films failed to make an impression outside of Indon...

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    Now and Then: All About Almodóvar

    The problem with Pedro Almodóvar's "The Skin I Live In" is one of expectation. What we have come to want from him are hues of tomato, fire engine, blood. What he gives us are shades of cream, eggshell, off-white.

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    From Renoir To Ellington: Scanning Recent DVDs

    I haven’t been able to keep up with Twilight Time’s limited-edition DVD and Blu-ray releases since the company launched last year, so it’s ironic that the first disc I’ve spent real time with—Jean Renoir’s 'Swamp Water' (1941)—benefits least from the label’s innovative offering of isolated music tra...

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    SXSW '12 Review: 'See Girl Run' Has A Slightly Too Leisurely Stride

    There's a fine line between delicacy and fragility, between a gentle unfolding and a stubbornly slow series of revelations. That line is what keeps Nate Meyer's "See Girl Run," a midlife romantic drama, from succeeding as well as the great cinematography and talented cast would hav...

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    SXSW '12 Review: "Gimme The Loot" Charismatic Duo Goes For Mischievous Ride, But It Runs Out Of Steam

    Gimme The Loot Premiered at the SXSW Film Festival last night, when I was able to catch the screening.

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    SXSW '12 Review: Reverence Outweighs Insight In Kevin Macdonald's 2 1/2 Hour 'Marley' Documentary

    A long film detailing a tragically short life, on paper, Kevin Macdonald's Bob Marley documentary "Marley" has more than enough of a pedigree to justify its 2 1/2 hour running time. After all, it's a biopic of one of the most influential and evergreen musical pioneers of all time, being brought to u...

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    SXSW REVIEW: 'King Kelly' Is an Intense Found-Footage Indictment of Generation Me

    The found-footage approach to cinematic narrative is no longer epitomized by "The Blair Witch Project." Amateur-quality camerawork has become a part of the vernacular, with the first-person perspective providing an intimate window into human behavior, particularly among the youth culture m...

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    SXSW '12 Review: 'Small Apartments' Is An Awkward, Entirely Unsatisfying Mixture Of Sweetness And Filth

    Swedish filmmaker Jonas Åkerlund used to be the kind of director whose every move was worth following. He started out building buzz for his career by making controversial music videos, helming the sensational, barely-seen "Smack My Bitch Up" clip for Prodigy and, way more successfully, the "Ray of L...

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    Review: Adorable 'Gimme the Loot' Makes Graffiti Artists Look like 'The Little Rascals'

    Editor's note: A version of this review originally ran during the 2012 SXSW Film Festival.

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