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    Critical Consensus: "The Interrupters" and "Attack The Block" Top Very Busy Week of Indie Releases

    In a remarkably busy week for new specialty releases, a tight race for the top rated film on criticWIRE saw both Steve James' "The Interrupters" and Joe Cornish's "Attack The Block" receive exceptionally warm notices. While "The Interrupters" technically was the top pick, both had "A-" level averages and are among the best reviewed films on criticWIRE so far this year. Oddly enough, both films revolve around street gangs, but in vasty different ways. "Block" follows a London street gang who have to defend themselves from rowdy alien invaders, while "The Interrupters" is a documentary about three Violence Interrupters who try to protect their...

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    REVIEW | How "Life in a Day " Reflects User-Generated Expression

    When YouTube launched six years ago, it opened the door to a new era of self-expression. It also became the de facto archive for adorable cats and newsroom goofs, among countless other viral memes now accepted as commonplace. (Just last week, an enthusiastic man made a fortune writing messages on hi...

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    REVIEW | "The Devil's Double" Portrays Uday Hussein as Evil, But Otherwise Fails

    It's hard to believe that "The Devil's Double" doesn't intend to be a put-on. Despite a real-life basis of its plot, Lee Tamahori's fierce depiction of hedonistic Saddaam Hussein spawn Uday Hussein relegates the character to a farcical cartoon. Looking like a macabre Groucho Marx, Dominic Cooper por...

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    Captain America: The First Avenger

    I’m a bit late coming to this film—blame Comic-Con—but having heard good buzz I went to see it this morning with high hopes. For starters, a comic book story set during World War Two offers a perfect opportunity to banish irony, make use of Nazis as bad guys, and cheer on a...

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    What to Buy, What to Rent & What to Watch on DVD/Blu-ray This Week

    This week on the small screen, Todd Solondz revisits the characters from "Happiness," Canadian up-and-comer Xavier Dolan gets his heart broken and much more.

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    Small Screens: indieWIRE's Picks for VOD and DVD/Blu-ray This Week

    This week on Small Screens the director of "Moon" rackets up the suspense, eight French Christian monks stay put, Takashi Miike goes back in time and much more.

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    REVIEW | "Crazy, Stupid, Love." Is Inspired, But Suffers From a Very Specific Hollywood Problem

    Years after gaining fame for writing the modern subversive holiday classic "Bad Santa," Hollywood has finally made room for John Requa and Glenn Ficarra. Having directed the wry gay comedy "I Love You, Phillip Morris" last year, Requa and Ficarra have brought their unique combination of gleeful vulg...

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    REVIEW | "Point Blank" Has Plenty of Speed, But Could Use a Few Ideas

    Every action movie requires momentum and Fred Cavayé's "Point Blank" has plenty to spare. The French director's second feature after "Anything for Her," Cavayé only sporadically pauses to recharge and enlivens individual scenes with the spastic energy of a theme park ride. An impressive feat that re...

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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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