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    Review: Xavier Gens' 'The Divide' Is Silly, Clichéd Apocalyptic Trash

    It seemed, to us at least, that there was a strangely apocalyptic cloud that was cast over many of the SXSW film festival selections in 2011 – things like "Bellflower" all the way up to "Attack the Block" had a definite "end of days" feel. "The Divide" m...

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    Review: Don't Let The Awkward & Clumsy 'Loosies' Pick Your Pocket

    The poster for “Loosies,” a new film written, produced, and starring Peter Facinelli, best known for his role as the big daddy vampire in the “Twilight” movies, makes it look incredibly dangerous and edgy despite the fact that its name suggests some son-of-“Porky’s” sex comedy (it’s a reference to b...

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    Brit Drama Critiquing Institutionalized Racism In The UK ("SUS") Makes TV Debut This Month (Trailer + Review)

    Brit actor/writer/producer Clint Dyer's devastating critique of institutional racism, also known as the feature length film titled SUS - a film I praised often in 2010 as it made its film festival circuit run - will be making its TV debut on BBC1 (for our UK readers who still haven't se...

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    Review: The Choir Of 'Joyful Noise' Preaches To Itself

    Your friend and mine Roger Ebert has often said that the matter isn’t what a movie is about, but rather how it is about it. "Joyful Noise" is ostensibly about a small-town Georgia church choir competing against others in a nationwide gospel competition. It’s about a dying town ...

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    Ewan McGregor In Perfect Sense

    Perfect Sense is one of those clever, minor, almost-good films saved by Ewan McGregor. (It’s kind of shocking how many there are: how about Rogue Trader, Stay and I Love You Phillip Morris for starters?) This one is a too self-consciously poetic yet more ambitious variation on Contagion, with ...

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    Review: In 'Contraband' The Humans Aren't Nearly As Compelling As The Bullet Holes

    Chris Farraday, the protagonist of “Contraband,” is a popular movie construct. Handsome, wide-shouldered, and with a movie-star smile, he’s tough enough to have done some Very Bad Things, but also principled enough to be retired by the time we meet him. Chris is an ex-drug smuggler, and the life doe...

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    Eric Rohmer Meets 'Harold and Maude' in Patric Chiha's "Domain'

    If "Domain," the first feature of Viennese director Patric Chiha, were boiled down to pure formula, it would go something like this: Imagine "Harold and Maude" directed by Eric Rohmer with shades of film noir and doused in philosophical chatter enhanced by ample white wine. But &...

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    Review: ‘Albatross’ Is A By-The-Numbers Coming Of Age Tale, But 'Downton Abbey' Star Jessica Brown Findlay Is One To Watch

    Featuring “Like Crazy” up-and-comer Felicity Jones alongside Julia Ormond and German actor Sebastian Koch ("The Lives of Others"), the British indie film "Albatross" possesses a pretty impressive cast, especially considering the director Niall MacCormick (U.K. TV and ...

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    Meet the 2012 Sundance Filmmakers #27: David France, 'How To Survive A Plague'

    David France, a contributing editor to New York magazine, has had three of his published pieces of work (they've appeared everywhere from GQ and Vanity to Rolling Stone and Glamour, where he served as national affairs editor) turned into films for Showtime Network ("Thanks for a Grateful Na...

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    Now and Then: In 'Contagion' and 'Children of Men,' Disaster Runs Cold and Hot

    The opening minutes of "Contagion" are all surface, literally. A bowl of peanuts on the bartop, a swiped credit card, an elevator button, the human hand: each is a vector of death itself, a pandemic already in motion. With the rasp of a cough, a title card tells us we're in "Day 2." It's terrifying....

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