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    Review: Spanish Oscar Contender 'Black Bread' A Melodramatic, Yet Compelling Story Of Post-Spanish Civil War Life

    Somewhere in the mouth of a vast, dreary weald, a merchant trucks along with his wares. He stops briefly to check his wagon but is startled by some rustling nearby. At this point, even the most novice movie-goer can figure out that this man won't make it out of these woods alive. In a sequence t...

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    Review: ‘Paradise Lost 3’ Is Utterly Compelling, But Occasionally Still Ethically Messy

    Few movies have a conclusion as out-of-nowhere, compelling and yet strange as the one featured in "Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory." What makes this finale even more exceptional is the fact that the film is a documentary and that this unexpected coda wasn't dreamed up inside the head of an imaginative sc...

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    Review: Lynne Ramsay's 'We Need To Talk About Kevin' Is Bleak, But Haunting

    "We Need to Talk About Kevin" is one of the most beautifully bleak psychological fake-outs the cinema's given us in years, as Lynne Ramsay ("Ratcatcher," "Morvern Callar") directs an adaptation of Lionel Shriver's 2003 novel. At first blush, Ramsay's film would appear to be a look into the genesis a...

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    Review: 'Don't Go In The Woods' A Horror/Musical That Hits A Sour Note

    Sometimes your headlines write themselves. When a film features a warning right in the title, that’s playing with fire. In the case of Vincent D’Onofrio's woeful directorial debut, the warning is more than prophetic. Based on a script by Sam Bisbee and Joe Vinciguerra and a story by ...

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    Review: 'Fake It So Real' An Intimate Look At An Independent Wrestling Federation

    “People say jazz is the great American art form. Jazz is dead. I think wrestling is the great American art form." - PITT

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

    Who said January has nothing to offer in the new releases category? If you’re looking for a film about gospel singing goodness, a film where Giovanni Ribisi and Ben Foster continue their slow morph into becoming the same person, or a film that will destroy any nostalgic love that you had towards Fru...

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    Perverts, Cannibals and Female Empowerment Make 'The Divide' Better Than You Think

    Apocalyptic cinema has the potential to be trite or poignant, but rarely both at once. For every "Dr. Strangelove," "Planet of the Apes" or "Night of the Living Dead," there are countless retreads of the same barren landscape littered with grisly showdowns and mutant as...

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    Contraband—movie review

    If ever there were a typical January movie, it’s Contraband, a film so dreary (and downright distasteful) that no studio would think of releasing it in December, when all eyes are focused on quality. I never saw the 2008 Icelandic film on which it’s based, but I presume it must have...

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    Joyful Noise—movie review

    It takes the combined personalities of Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton to wring entertainment value out of Joyful Noise, which they do to some degree, but it’s the lively choral music performances that partially salvage this kettle of corn. As longtime rivals in a small Georgia church choir, La...

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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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