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    REVIEW | Better Than It Sounds: Javier Fuentes-León's "Undertow"

    The Peruvian drama "Undertow" -- not to be confused with David Gordon Green's 2004 thriller of the same name -- manages to work a whole lot better than it sounds on paper. With unabashed sentimentalism, first-time director Javier Fuentes-León assembles the quaint story of Miguel (Christian Mercado), a fisherman stuck between obligations to his pregnant wife Mariela (Tatiana Astengo) and his clandestine affair with a male lover, Santiago (Manolo Cardona). At times turning into a glorified Latin American soap opera, the movie nonetheless overcomes the boundaries of its hackneyed scenario with intense, believable performances and mounting circum...

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    "Love and Other Drugs," "Tiny Furniture," and Reasons to Nitpick

    "I’m knowingly full of shit," says Jamie Randall, the smarmy Viagra salesman played by Jake Gyllenhaal in Edward Zwick’s slick romantic comedy "Love and Other Drugs," which opens this week. Gyllenhaal doesn’t have to work hard to make the line credible, nor does the movie bend over backwards to avoi...

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    Big Screen | This Week's Top 5: From a "King's Speech" to Naked Jake to the Arrival of "Burlesque"

    Each week here at indieWIRE, five recommendations for theatrical viewing pleasure are being offered up, tackling everything from new releases, to film festivals, to curated series and events around North America. This week, "The King's Speech," an international festivals, naked Jake Gyllenhaal and A...

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    REVIEW | Truth in Advertising: Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech"

    "The King's Speech" fuses several genres into an unlikely blend. It's a lavish period piece about British rule in the years leading up to World War II, a buddy movie about two men of different social classes learning to get along, and a crowdpleasing tale of athletic triumph, complete with the requi...

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    film review: HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART ONE

    In the old days of Saturday matinee serials, audiences faced with cliffhanger endings took comfort in knowing that the story would be resumed one week later. The same can’t be said for the latest Harry Potter picture, which offers much incident but no resolution: for that, we all have to wait until next year. If you’re a dedicated Potter fan, you’ll have to take what you can from this one—mainly, the pleasure of spending time with its leading characters and the young actors who play them. Following J.K. Rowling’s narrative, there are no scenes at Hogwarts’ Academy. This denies us the opportunity to revel...

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    Big Screen | This Week's Top 5: IDFA, Claire Denis, "Made in Dagenham" and More

    Each week here at indieWIRE, five recommendations for theatrical viewing pleasure are being offered up, tackling everything from new releases, to film festivals, to curated series, and events around North America. This week, a doc fest giant, Claire Denis and "Harry Potter" are among those making up...

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    REVIEW | Root for the Cause, Not the Product: "Made in Dagenham"

    The best scenes of "Made in Dagenham" run alongside the end credits. After two hours of a fictionalized take on the 1968 Ford machinists strike, when British women lashed out at the company's unequal payment policies, the real survivors of the protest get a chance to speak up. Recalling their decisi...

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    Small Screen: "The Kids," The "Worst Movie," The Little Tramp, and More

    This week's top five on the small screen spans America's favorite lesbian couple, Annette Benning and Julianne Moore, a look at the making of "Troll 2," and more. TCM's "Moguls and Movie Stars" returns with a look at the years following the advent of sound films.

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    REVIEW | Running Scared: Claire Denis's "White Material"

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This review originally ran as part of indieWIRE's coverage of the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.

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    film review: Tiny Furniture

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