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    Review: David Cronenberg's 'Cosmopolis' Is Both An Excellent Adaptation & A Rich, Complex Character Study

    "Cosmopolis," an adaptation of Don DeLillo’s typically provocative novel of the same name, is the first feature film since 1999's "eXistenZ" that filmmaker David Cronenberg has directed and scripted. This in part explains why "Cosmopolis" is such a triumph: it...

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    Review: 'Breathless' Wastes A Standout Turn By Gina Gershon With Half-Baked Sub-Coen Plotting

    It’s absolutely no surprise that writer-director Jesse Baget, of this week’s “Breathless,” is a massive fan of the Coen Brothers. His characters are articulate without being too bright, magnanimous despite moments of cruelty, and loyal in spite of overwhelming greed. Earlier this year, he was respon...

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    Now and Then: Waiting for Julie Delpy

    Full disclosure: I'm a little bit in love with Julie Delpy, sometimes unaccountably so. She's neurotic, fretful, and sharp-tongued, a femme fatale with a French accent and Woody Allen specs. Her first film as a director was a mess. And yet she keeps growing on me, a habit I just can't seem to break....

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    Better Than 'Ted': Why 'Robot and Frank' Is The Summer's Best Buddy Movie

    If box office returns were the sole measurement of quality, then Seth McFarlane's foul-mouthed stuffed bear in "Ted" is the summer's reigning mascot. Truth be told, however, "Ted" suffers from the same loose comedic randomness that has restricted McFarlane's televisio...

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    Review: Jean-Claude Van Damme Shines In The Moronically Irresistible Entertainment Of ‘Expendables 2’

    “The Expendables 2” is one of the very few films that gets better as it gets dumber. Serviceably directed, horribly written and barely acted at all except for a standout performance by (of all people) Jean-Claude Van Damme, it mostly delivers in the way that the original failed to, which...

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    Review: 'Almayer's Folly' Another Brilliant, Mesmerizing Film From Chantal Akerman

    At this point, the filmmaker responsible for the much adored "Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles" can do whatever the hell she wants and still retain an immense amount of respect. Thankfully Chantal Akerman is still firing on all cylinders; "Almayer's Folly" (a loose adaptation of J...

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    Review: 'Why Stop Now?' A Compelling, But Not Always Fulfilling Comedy

    There’s not a whole lot of forward momentum in “Why Stop Now?” which is a surprise considering the immediacy-baiting title. Though the film takes place within the span of one day, the narrative feels truncated, allowing for connections to form, and then sever, over the course of twenty-four hours. I...

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

    The indie action drama The Kill Hole, a film we’ve been covering since it made its premiere at the Santa Barbara Film Fest back in January (it won the best feature film award at the New Jersey Film Fest last month) is written and directed by Mischa Webley, his writing/directing debut.

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    Locarno Review: Markus Imhoof's Insightful "More Than Honey" Concerns a Lot More Than Bees in Crisis

    Markus Imhoof's "More Than Honey" makes a convincing argument for the role of bees sustaining both organic and industrial concerns, not to mention their own complex set of behaviors. Facing crises that threaten to impact their existence as well as various marketplaces that rely on thei...

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    Locarno Review: Joao Pedro Rodrigues and Joao Rui Geurrea da Mata Probe Post-Colonial History With 'The Last Time I Saw Macao'

    A provocative cinematic poem in the tradition of the late Chris Marker, "The Last Time I Saw Macao" valiantly attempts to dissect an entire metropolitan history. Perhaps because it aims so big, not every fragment connects, but Portuguese co-directors Joao Pedro Rodrigues and Joao Rui Guerr...

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