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    REVIEW | "Elevate," A Sincere Portrait of African NBA Aspirants, Amounts to "Hoop Dreams"-Lite

    "The rest of the world views us as lazy," says a coach to teen basketball aspirants at the SEEDS Academy, a boarding school in Dakar, Senegal. "You have to be our ambassadors." The pressure is on, but none of the young subjects followed by first-time documentarian Anne Buford in "Elevate" know if th...

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    REVIEW | Todd Rohal Takes a Goofy Priest to the Woods in "The Catechism Cataclysm"

    "The Catechism Cataclysm" marks the sophomore feature of writer-director Todd Rohal, whose peculiar ensemble piece "The Guatemalan Handshake" made the festival rounds in 2006. Whereas "Guatemalan" took a wide view of Americana through Rohal's cast of offbeat characters, "Catechism" plays like a sing...

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    Critical Consensus: "Martha Marcy May Marlene" Is The Pick of the Week

    One of the most anticipated American indie releases of the year, Sean Durkin's "Martha Marcy May Marlene" is the pick of the week for opening specialty films, according to the folks polled on criticWIRE.

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    Under The Radar No More: Nora’s Will—dvd review

    Last year I became an advocate for a Mexican import called Nora’s Will that, I’m happy to say, is now available on DVD. It first came to my attention because I put considerable stock in Menemsha Films, the small, dedicated distributor that acquired it for U.S. release. Company fo...

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    Charlie Bucket and Veruca Salt! The "Willy Wonka" Stars Talk for the Film's 40th Anniversary

    This year marks the 40th anniversary of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” possibly the finest children's film of the 20th century. Based on the children's book by Roald Dahl and directed by Mel Stuart, it's the story of a young boy named Charlie (Peter Ostrum) who...

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    REVIEW | Post-Cult Trauma Explored in Haunting "Martha Marcy May Marlene"

    Appearing fragile and terrified from her first scene until her last, Elizabeth Olsen brings an alarming quality to writer-director Sean Durkin's quietly unsettling "Martha Marcy May Marlene." Durkin focuses on alienated young Martha during the immediate aftermath of her decision to escape a cult in...

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    Adventures of Tintin Early Reviews are Mixed: Delightful, Dazzling, CG Wizardry, Vidgame Action

    Despite his stellar review, TOH! London critic Matt Mueller says there are a few drawbacks to Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson's The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. An "almost bombastically annoying" John Williams score, for one, creepy close-ups of Tintin are thankf...

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    REVIEW | Aki Kaurismaki's "Le Havre" Is a Deadpan Delight

    With its bouncy soundtrack, deadpan humor and good-natured disposition, Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki's "Le Havre" is an endearing affair. Combining his clownish storytelling with a life-affirming plot, Kaurismaki churns a fundamental scenario through his own unique narrative tendencies, yielding ...

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    REVIEW | "Being Elmo" Studies Master of Puppets Kevin Clash

    As the simplest member of the "Sesame Street" legacy, Elmo also has the greatest lasting appeal. His childlike naivete and untroubled worldview catapulted the furry red muppet to instant fame in the 1980s, when upstart puppeteer Kevin Clash gave the character his defining traits. The subject of "Bei...

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