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    Critical Consensus: "Last Circus" Tops Weak Week on criticWIRE

    Spanish director Álex de la Iglesia's "The Last Circus" hits theaters this weekend via the Magnolia Pictures, and it's the pick of the week, according to the folks polled on criticWIRE.

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    REVIEW | Anne Hathaway's Fake Accent Isn't the Only Thing Wrong With "One Day"

    Anne Hathaway's faux British accent might be the first obvious conceit in "One Day," but not its most cumbersome. That distinction belongs to the eponymous structure, a claustrophobic device that follows a pair of best friends over the course of a 22-year period, but only on many versions of July 15...

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    REVIEW | Why "Amigo" is a Blueprint for the Work of John Sayles

    From the structure of his screenplays to the fluidity of his working-class themes, the cinema of John Sayles is always clean. Unfortunately, that assessment doesn't always apply to the quality of his work. Over some 30 years as writer-director-editor, his insistence on creative autonomy on most proj...

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    Small Screens: Talking With Pick of the Week Director Harry Shearer and More DVD/VOD Goodness

    Pick of the Week: Harry Shearer's first documentary, "The Big Uneasy," on VOD

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    REVIEW | "Mozart's Sister" Fills in a Historical Gap With a Sad Saga

    The subject of much historical curiosity, Maria Anna "Nannerl" Mozart is also an ideal tragic hero. The older sister to Wolfgang Amadeus, she traveled Europe in the mid-18th century alongside her brother and their supportive parents, playing the harpsichord to back up Wolfgang's violin. Evidence suggests she harbored ambitions of composing her own works, but society held her down: Once Nannerl reached marrying age, she was forced to abandon her musical heritage and promptly dropped off the map. An inspiration to her younger brother, Nannerl may deserve more credit for Wolfgang's existing legacy than conventional accounts provide her, but the ...

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    Locarno Round-Up: Reviews and Interviews From Last Week's Festival in Switzerland

    indieWIRE was on the scene at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland last week, covering a number of world and international premieres throughout the 68th edition as well as interviewing some of the bigger names in attendance. The following are links to all of our coverage. The list of award winne...

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    Film History On A Platter—DVD reviews

    If you believe major studio spokespeople, the DVD business is dying, to be replaced by downloading and cloud storage of films and TV shows. But the business-related news stories that repeatedly state these facts don’t take account of smaller companies like Criterion, Flicker Alley, a...

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    LOCARNO REVIEW | Jia Zhang-ke Producing Credit Can't Salvage Offbeat "Mr. Tree"

    The role of Chinese filmmaking giant Jia Zhang-ke as producer of first-time writer-director Han Jie's "Hello! Shu Xian Sheng" ("Mr. Tree") doesn't properly convey its offbeat vibe. While loaded with considerably interesting ideas, it lacks the requisite energy to link them together. The story follow...

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    The Help—movie review

    Any time a book strikes a chord with a vast number of people, as Kathryn Stockett’s The Help did, there is a mixture of anticipation and trepidation about its transition to the screen. Overall, I think writer-director Tate Taylor has done a good job bringing the book and its characte...

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    30 Minutes Or Less—movie review

    What can I say about a movie that made me want to take a shower and cleanse myself afterward? 30 Minutes or Less is so shallow, self-satisfied, and downright repulsive that I hesitate to discuss it at all. It has none of the qualities of director Ruben Fleischer’s debut feature, Zombie...

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