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    Review: Taika Waititi's 'Boy' A Whimsical & Unique Coming-Of-Age Tale From New Zealand

    Taika Waititi’s whimsical, sophomore effort “Boy” is a coming-of age tale that drops us into 1984, and follows the titular Boy (James Rolleston), named after his absentee father, Alamein (Waititi). He lives with his grandmother, younger brother Rocky (Te Aho Aho Eketone-Whitu)...

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    Project X—movie review

    So, is this merely an extreme teenage version of The Hangover, or is it another sign of the end of civilization as we know it? How you feel about Project X will have a lot to do with your age and gender. If I were a hormonally charged 16-year-old boy, I might think it was...

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    Is 'The River' Proof That Found Footage Shows Can't Work?

    While I wouldn't describe "The River," which airs Tuesdays at 9pm on ABC, as a particularly good show -- and its wan ratings indicate that most people feel the same way -- it's a great guilty pleasure thanks to the strange contortions it has to go through to keep up its found-...

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    Review: Hal Hartley’s ‘Meanwhile’ Continues Dogmatic Pursuit Of Philosophical Truths With A Familiar DIY Aesethetic

    ‘90s indie filmmaker Hal Hartley has made 12 feature-length films, but even ask certain-aged cinephiles and they'll only have a limited grasp of who he is and what his peculiar, chatty and philosophically arch lo-fi serio-comedies are actually about. Normally, one could attribute this...

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    What to See, What to Skip: New Reviews this Week

    The biggest new release this week is surely the animated adaption of the the Dr. Seuss environmental allegory "The Lorax." If you're looking for something graphically different, there's the release of the true Australian serial killer story "The Snowtown Murders"; what sounds like Robert De Niro's ...

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    Criticwire Pick: It's a B-/C+ Kind of Weekend

    Every week, we try to highlight a film or two that has been widely praised by members of our Criticwire network. But sometimes there’s just no clear pick. Despite the different releases and production schedules of the films released in theaters this weekend, the consensus from our Criticwire members...

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    Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax—movie review

    Have you noticed that (as often as not) when Hollywood moviemakers stray from their source material they insist on putting the author’s name above the title? To me, this only compounds the offense. No author has suffered more at the hands of Hollywood in recent years than Theodore Geisel, better kno...

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    Review - South African Drama Centered On Poet Ingrid Jonker "Black Butterflies" (Opens This Weekend)

    Dateline: Cape Town, South Africa, under Apartheid, the 1960s. Racial segregation enforced by the National Party government of South Africa, under which the rights of the majority 'non-white' inhabitants of South Africa were curtailed, while minority “white” rule was maintai...

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    Undefeated—movie review

    This year’s Oscar winner for Best Documentary Feature seems almost too good to be true…but that’s what makes it so effective. Directed, photographed and edited by Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin, it profiles a most unusual fellow: a volunteer football coach for a Memphis high school that most people ...

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    Review: 'Being Flynn' With Paul Dano & Robert De Niro Is A Checklist Of Narrative Shortcuts

    What's in a title? There's something both extremely specific and entirely universal about the one for "Another Bullshit Night In Suck City," an autobiographical book from Nick Flynn, suggesting everyday life becoming a Moebius strip of inevitability in the futile search for truth. ...

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