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    "Fake It So Real" Observes the Truth and False Fronts of Pro Wrestling and Macho Men

    Robert Greene's new vérité wrestling film, "Fake It So Real," kind of has a catchphrase, which is fascinating because I can't recall the last documentary I saw that has one. Unfortunately, this phrase is possibly alienating to homosexuals. It's complicated because the offense stems from the world being observed, and to an extent it's probably intended as a kind of innocent self-satire to begin with, but it still rubbed me the wrong way. Not the film, which is simply a window through which we witness the unsurprisingly homophobic indie pro wrestling scene in North Carolina, at least not at first. Wh...

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    DVD review: Forget The Film, Watch The Titles!

    I’ve always loved ingenious title sequences. Saul Bass, who created some of the greatest movie openings of all time (Vertigo, Psycho, North by Northwest, Walk on the Wild Side, That’s Entertainment, Part II and a handful of Martin Scorsese films, to name just a few), remains one of my heroes, along with Maurice Binder (who did those unforgettable James Bond titles) and Pablo Ferro (who once sent me a hand-inked note in the exact typeface he used for Dr. Strangelove!). In recent years such talented conceptualists as Kyle Cooper and the team at yU & Co. have generated graphic ideas as innovative as any of their predecess...

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    REVIEW | Vulgar Brendan Gleeson Sustains Uneven Gun Play in "The Guard"

    Brendan Gleeson soars in "The Guard," playing a foul-mouthed Irish cop destined to offend everyone in his path, but the depth of the character overwhelms the quality of the movie about him. As the rambunctious Sergeant Gerry Boyle, Gleeson moves through each scene with a stunning duality, making his...

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    REVIEW | An Age-Old Conundrum in Miranda July's "The Future"

    Miranda July returns to her playfully off-beat universe with her second feature, "The Future," the writer-director-video artist's long-awaited follow-up to 2005's "Me and You and Everyone We Know." Like that playful study of human behavior, the new work deals with people feeling isolated by the worl...

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    REVIEW | Fighting Gang Violence in Steve James's "The Interrupters"

    Steve James's "The Interrupters" runs long, but earns its heft. Nearly two decades after "Hoop Dreams," the director returns to Chicago's lower-class strife with a broader canvas. In this frequently alarming project, he trains his camera on the efforts of CeaseFire, an organization predominantly com...

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    Sarah's Key

    If there is any justice this summer that’s not being meted out by a comic-book superhero, discerning moviegoers will find their way to Sarah’s Key, the moving adaptation of Tatiana De Rosnay’s international best-seller. It’s one of the year’s best films. Kristin Scott Thomas plays an American-born journalist who lives in France with her husband and daughter. While researching an article about the fate of French Jews during World War Two, she stumbles onto an incredible story involving a little girl named Sarah (played by newcomer Mélusine Mayance) who is separated from her family. An unexpected c...

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    The Polish Bros. and Joe Swanberg: Can Streaming Sustain Anything More Than Small Success Stories?

    A little over 18 years ago, when video on demand meant you were driving to Blockbuster and no red envelopes carried DVDs to millions of mailboxes around the country, the first movie arrived on the internet.

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

    While "Captain America" is set to duke it out with "Harry Potter" this weekend in the multiplexes, the high-profile Sundance sensation "Another Earth" (starring buzzed about newcomer Brit Marling), the SXSW winner "The Myth of the American Sleepover," and...

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    REVIEW | Why "Sarah's Key" Is Just Another Holocaust Movie

    Life is not always shaped like drama, but history often lends itself to classical narratives. Just as often, however, events of great consequence can be pithy shortcuts. Hence the genre of the Holocaust Movie, which has become shorthand for films that lean too heavily on the historical icons of trag...

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    Critical Consensus: "Another Earth" Edges "American Sleepover" For Pick of The Week

    In a tight race for the top rated film on criticWIRE, Mike Cahill's "Another Earth" edged out David Robert Mitchell's "The Myth of the American Sleepover" as the "pick of the week." "Earth" - a sci-fi drama being released this Friday via Fox Searchlight - was written by Cahill and Brit Marling, who is also the film's star and generally regarded as one of 2011's big indie breakouts. Marling plays Rhoda, a twenty-something on the brink of getting accepted to MIT. Just as she overhears on her car radio that a new planet has appeared in the sky, she inadvertently crashes into a van and kills two-thirds of the family on board. Cut to four years ...

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