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    Art Doc 'Convento' is Hallucinogenic, No Drugs Required

    Jarred Alterman's "Convento" is a documentary about art, but it's also an art object. Profiling a trio of creatively inclined relatives holed up in a centuries-old monastery in southeastern Portugal, Alterman showcases their ominous, mystifying and hugely innovative work by reflect...

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    'Attenberg' Is the Death Drama That 'The Descendants' Haters Will Love

    It might seem unfair to compare Greek director Athina Rachel Tsangari's innovative sophomore feature "Attenberg" to Alexander Payne's "The Descendants." The latter is a polished Hollywood excursion starring one of the most famous actors in the world, while "Attenberg...

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    Now and Then: From 'Ferris' to 'Sleepover,' Teens, and Times, Have Changed

    "The Myth of the American Sleepover," David Robert Mitchell's independent film about a group of suburban Detroit teens messing around, and messing up, on a single night near the end of summer, is a quiet reminder of the power, and price, of looking.

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    'The Walking Dead' Episode 4 Review: 'Judge, Jury, Executioner'

    Perhaps it's because it originally set its own bar too high: “The Walking Dead” was so good out of the gate, such a great mixture of genre and sophistication, that its current episodes feel like a come-down.

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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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