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    What to Buy, What to Rent & What to Watch on DVD/Blu-ray This Week

    This week on the small screen, Todd Solondz revisits the characters from "Happiness," Canadian up-and-comer Xavier Dolan gets his heart broken and much more.

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    Small Screens: indieWIRE's Picks for VOD and DVD/Blu-ray This Week

    This week on Small Screens the director of "Moon" rackets up the suspense, eight French Christian monks stay put, Takashi Miike goes back in time and much more.

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    REVIEW | "Crazy, Stupid, Love." Is Inspired, But Suffers From a Very Specific Hollywood Problem

    Years after gaining fame for writing the modern subversive holiday classic "Bad Santa," Hollywood has finally made room for John Requa and Glenn Ficarra. Having directed the wry gay comedy "I Love You, Phillip Morris" last year, Requa and Ficarra have brought their unique combination of gleeful vulg...

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    REVIEW | "Point Blank" Has Plenty of Speed, But Could Use a Few Ideas

    Every action movie requires momentum and Fred Cavayé's "Point Blank" has plenty to spare. The French director's second feature after "Anything for Her," Cavayé only sporadically pauses to recharge and enlivens individual scenes with the spastic energy of a theme park ride. An impressive feat that re...

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    "Fake It So Real" Observes the Truth and False Fronts of Pro Wrestling and Macho Men

    Robert Greene's new vérité wrestling film, "Fake It So Real," kind of has a catchphrase, which is fascinating because I can't recall the last documentary I saw that has one. Unfortunately, this phrase is possibly alienating to homosexuals. It's complicated because the offense stems from the world being observed, and to an extent it's probably intended as a kind of innocent self-satire to begin with, but it still rubbed me the wrong way. Not the film, which is simply a window through which we witness the unsurprisingly homophobic indie pro wrestling scene in North Carolina, at least not at first. Wh...

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    DVD review: Forget The Film, Watch The Titles!

    I’ve always loved ingenious title sequences. Saul Bass, who created some of the greatest movie openings of all time (Vertigo, Psycho, North by Northwest, Walk on the Wild Side, That’s Entertainment, Part II and a handful of Martin Scorsese films, to name just a few), remains one of my heroes, along with Maurice Binder (who did those unforgettable James Bond titles) and Pablo Ferro (who once sent me a hand-inked note in the exact typeface he used for Dr. Strangelove!). In recent years such talented conceptualists as Kyle Cooper and the team at yU & Co. have generated graphic ideas as innovative as any of their predecess...

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    REVIEW | Vulgar Brendan Gleeson Sustains Uneven Gun Play in "The Guard"

    Brendan Gleeson soars in "The Guard," playing a foul-mouthed Irish cop destined to offend everyone in his path, but the depth of the character overwhelms the quality of the movie about him. As the rambunctious Sergeant Gerry Boyle, Gleeson moves through each scene with a stunning duality, making his...

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    REVIEW | An Age-Old Conundrum in Miranda July's "The Future"

    Miranda July returns to her playfully off-beat universe with her second feature, "The Future," the writer-director-video artist's long-awaited follow-up to 2005's "Me and You and Everyone We Know." Like that playful study of human behavior, the new work deals with people feeling isolated by the worl...

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    REVIEW | Fighting Gang Violence in Steve James's "The Interrupters"

    Steve James's "The Interrupters" runs long, but earns its heft. Nearly two decades after "Hoop Dreams," the director returns to Chicago's lower-class strife with a broader canvas. In this frequently alarming project, he trains his camera on the efforts of CeaseFire, an organization predominantly com...

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    Sarah's Key

    If there is any justice this summer that’s not being meted out by a comic-book superhero, discerning moviegoers will find their way to Sarah’s Key, the moving adaptation of Tatiana De Rosnay’s international best-seller. It’s one of the year’s best films. Kristin Scott Thomas plays an American-born journalist who lives in France with her husband and daughter. While researching an article about the fate of French Jews during World War Two, she stumbles onto an incredible story involving a little girl named Sarah (played by newcomer Mélusine Mayance) who is separated from her family. An unexpected c...

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