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    REVIEW | Pedro Almodóvar's "The Skin I Live In" Is a Messy Medical Thriller

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This review was originally published during the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. "The Skin I Live In" opens in limited release this weekend.

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    REVIEW | "Texas Killing Fields" Is Directed By Michael Mann's Daughter, and Looks Like It

    It might be unfair to read an artist's work on the basis of her lineage, but Ami Canaan Mann is asking for it. Her sophomore effort, "Texas Killing Fields," lives and breathes the hard-crime oxygen of the movies commonly associated with her father, Michael Mann. The younger Mann goes through the mot...

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    Critical Consensus: Pedro Almodovar's "The Skin I Live In" Tops Weak Week On criticWIRE

    Despite finding a mixed response since debuting at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, Pedro Almodovar's latest, "The Skin I Live In" is the pick of a rather weak week for opening specialty films according to the folks polled on criticWIRE.

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    REVIEW | "Bombay Beach" Explores Dreams and Isolation By the Sea

    The beautiful desolation of "Bombay Beach" makes it difficult to describe as a documentary. Alma Har'el's directorial debut takes a nonfiction setting and displays its haunting qualities in poetic terms. The small, impoverished community where the movie is set - buried in the heat of the Colorado de...

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    NYFF '11 | Unfinished, Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" is a 3-D Lesson in Film History

    It wasn't quite a secret screening by the time Martin Scorsese took the stage at Lincoln Center's Avery Fischer Hall Monday night, but the sneak peek of the director's 3-D fantasy "Hugo" -- shown as part of the New York Film Festival -- still generated palpable anticipation as the packed house got t...

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    REVIEW | "The Woman" Earns Its Sundance Controversy, But Fails To Reach That Potential

    Loaded with torture, rape, and other explicit abuses enacted on a variety of female characters by a single oppressive male, Lucky McKee's grim parable "The Woman" earns its status as the most controversial movie from January's Sundance Film Festival. However, because that reputation has no mind of i...

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    NYFF DISPATCH | Ken Jacobs, George Kuchar and Digital 3-D Kick Off Views from the Avant Garde

    "There are some situations that leave you utterly speechless," says one of the committed performers in Wim Wenders' fine 3-D dance movie "Pina," screening this week at the New York Film Festival. But that assertion could just as easily apply to the other 3-D event at this year's festival, the transc...

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    NYFF REVIEW | Long-Lost Sara Driver Debut "You Are Not I" Comes Home to New York Film Festival

    Not quite a short or a feature, Sara Driver's long-lost 1981 production "You Are Not I" exists on some alternate plane that renders the distinction irrelevant. It's more like a haunting cinematic journey that leads directly into its mentally disturbed protagonist's head. "You Are Not I" adapts the P...

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    Real Steel—movie review

    From the billboards you might think thisis another Transformers movie—heaven help us—when in fact, Real Steel is a cross between Rocky and The Champ. It’s formulaic and unashamedly manipulative, but it’s played with sincerity…and it w...

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