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    From 'Trance' to 'Spring Breakers,' Is This the Golden Age of Film Noir?

    Technically speaking, film noir's heyday ended when fedoras and chain smoking were still chic without irony. However, the qualities that made noir distinctive suggest that its spirit is more alive in new movies than ever before.

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    'Trance' Director Danny Boyle Channels Evil Side with Naked Femme Fatale: Exclusive Interview, Early Reviews

    "Trance" is stylish escapist fun that makes excellent use of reflective surfaces including the iPad, among other visual tricks--when it isn't pummeling you into submission. Boyle isn't one to sit back and let you feel calm and relaxed. Early reviews by trade critics claim that style trumps substance...

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    THE SAPPHIRES

    I can’t imagine anyone concocting a movie about four Aboriginal girls entertaining American troops in Vietnam in the late 1960s unless it were based on a true story.

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    Weekend Preview: Bright, Exuberant 'Sapphires' and Stylish 'Gimme the Loot' Best Bets, 'Admission' Not Making the Grade

    The Weinsteins' ebullient backstage musical "The Sapphires," which chronicles the success of an all-girl Aboriginal band out of Australia in the 1960s and boasts a break-out performance from Irish star-on-the-rise Chris O'Dowd, and Adam Leon's SXSW and Cannes entry "Gimme the Loot," a well-shot love...

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    Review: 'Dorfman In Love' A Painful Comedy Not Worth Falling For

    Though it seems unlikely, someone this weekend is going to be dragged to see “Dorfman In Love.” Forget about the film for a second: who is this person, and what have they done to deserve this? Is he or she bad? Isn’t there a cheaper way to dole out punishment then paying arthouse ticket prices for a...

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    Review: Chris O'Dowd Shines In The Otherwise Uneven 'The Sapphires'

    Among the The Weinstein Company's acquisitions prior to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival was the largely unknown (until it was bought) Aussie musical/drama/comedy effort "The Sapphires." It's certainly easy to see why this easy-to-digest, feel-good movie earned their attention. With a slate last year t...

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    Admission Gives Us Some Real Feminism On Screen

    Comedies today seem to always go for the broadest, raunchiest laughs. The audience is not trusted to get the comedic nuances in everyday life. That is not the case with the new film Admission written by Karen Croner, directed by Paul Weitz and based on the book by Jean Hanff Korelitz.

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    Review: 'My Brother The Devil' A Fresh & Exciting Take On The Familiar Urban Crime Drama

    British urban drama is fast becoming a crowded genre. It seems that every couple of months there’s a movie released depicting issues of drug abuse, violence and poverty in the council estates of one of London’s many recession hit suburbs. Well, in UK cinemas that is. Not many make it out of the coun...

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    Review: At Its Best, Harmless 'Hunky Dory' Is Just That

    It’s the summer of 1976, and between a conservative school administration and an unrelenting drought, things are beyond dry for Wales’ scrappier teens. It’s little wonder that they flock to the more permissive Miss Mae (Minnie Driver) and her glam-rock interpretation of Shakespeare’s "The Tempest" f...

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    Review: 'Eden' Is A Gripping Sex Slavery Drama That Isn't As Dour As It Sounds

    Often the problem when making an 'issue' movie, wherein you tackle some far-reaching social, systemic, or religious injustice, is that scope often becomes too burdensome, with the given topic often begging for thoughtful, intimate conversation and not the broad strokes that cinema offers. The best i...

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