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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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    Oscar Watch on Coriolanus: Fiennes and Redgrave Stand Out, New Trailer, Early Reviews

    Rookie feature director Ralph Fiennes and veteran screenwriter John Logan (The Aviator) have crafted a strong modern adaptation of Shakespeare's bloody war tragedy Coriolanus (trailer below). Fiennes shines in the central role, which he played on the London stage in 2000 to raves. It plays to...

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    What to See, What to Skip: New Reviews This Week

    Talk about variety. This weekend's new releases include a heart-warming adaption of an Oprah approved best-seller, a hard-R comedy, a Sundance award-winning documentary, a gory horror sequel and more. Want to know what's worth your money? Check out the reviews published this week on ind...

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    LOCARNO REVIEW | The Real-Time "Best Intentions" is One Man's Anxiety, Many Points of View

    In "Best Intentions," a real-time family drama in which a young man continually worries about his mother's health, the tension fluctuates but never sits still. Following up his 2008 directorial debut "Hooked," Romanian filmmaker Adrian Sitaru constructs a temporally complex psychological thriller, m...

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    Why Julia Loktev's "The Loneliest Planet" Earns Its Leisurely Pace

    In "Day Night Day Night," Julia Loktev told the quietly experimental tale of a young would-be suicide bomber nervously wandering through the crowd of Times Square, impressing some critics if not much of an audience beyond that. Her long-awaited follow-up, "The Loneliest Planet,&q...

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