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    Berlin Fest Reviews: From Period Opener 'Farewell My Queen' to Demented Nazis on the Moon

    The Berlin Film Festival got off to a more than respectable start with “Farewell My Queen,” Benoit Jacquot’s smart, elegantly mounted costume drama about the court of Versailles as it’s about to be swept away by the French revolution.

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    Berlinale 2012 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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    Now and Then: Dunham's 'Tiny Furniture' Bodes Well for HBO's 'Girls'

    Midway through "Tiny Furniture," writer-director-star Lena Dunham launches into a monologue — a tantrum, really — that smacks of a tin ear. The plaintive wails seem ginned up for "dramatic effect," though the real effect is to undercut the film's poignant understanding of how scary "coming-of-age" s...

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    BERLIN REVIEW: Masterful Black Comedy 'Everybody in Our Family' Demonstrates the Best Qualities of Modern Romanian Cinema

    A masterwork of black comedy and suspense, director Radu Jude's "Everybody In Our Family" typifies the best qualities of contemporary Romanian cinema.

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    'Walking Dead' Review: Second Season Starter 'Nebraska'

    The new mini-season of "Walking Dead' picks up right where the last left off – with Rick (Andrew Lincoln) having just killed the zombified Sophia (Madison Lintz).

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    BERLIN REVIEW: 'Captive,' Brillante Mendoza's Awful Kidnapping Movie, Makes the Case for a Dumber Version of Itself

    Brillante Mendoza's "Captive" is that rare cinematic creature: A movie that might be better if it were dumber.

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    BERLIN REVIEW: Italian Prisoners Do Shakespeare in High-Concept Doc 'Caesar Must Die'

    The prospects of criminals performing Shakespeare has been explored in conventional terms by the 2005 documentary "Shakespeare Behind Bars;" sibling directors Paolo and Vittorio Taviani's "Caesar Must Die" takes a far more provocative approach. Following a beautifully shot in...

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    Review: 'Perfect Sense' An Uneven Mix Of Romance & Apocalypse

    If you thought the fast spreading virus in "Contagion" was bad, Steven Soderbergh's film has got nothing on David Mackenzie's "Perfect Sense." A romance, sci-fi tale and apocalyptic vision of the breakdown of humanity all rolled into one, there is no source for the virus ...

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    At 2.5 Hours, Does Kevin MacDonald's Doc 'Marley' Add Really Anything New to the Rastafarian's Tale?

    The best sequence in "Marley," Kevin Macdonald's sprawling, two-and-a-half-hour chronicle of Bob Marley's legacy, arrives at the very end. While the credits roll, Macdonald shows Marley fans around the world singing his greatest hits. The diverse cultures and appearances, united by...

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    BERLIN REVIEW: Immaculate Conception and Rock Music Are a Surprisingly Effective Combo in 'Electrick Children'

    There's nothing fresh about a teenage Mormon growing frustrated with her repressed community, but writer-director Rebecca Thomas turns that outline into an unlikely crowdpleaser with her feature-length debut, "Electrick Children." Impressive newcomer Julia Garner stars as soul-searchin...

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