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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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    The Polish Bros. and Joe Swanberg: Can Streaming Sustain Anything More Than Small Success Stories?

    A little over 18 years ago, when video on demand meant you were driving to Blockbuster and no red envelopes carried DVDs to millions of mailboxes around the country, the first movie arrived on the internet.

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

    While "Captain America" is set to duke it out with "Harry Potter" this weekend in the multiplexes, the high-profile Sundance sensation "Another Earth" (starring buzzed about newcomer Brit Marling), the SXSW winner "The Myth of the American Sleepover," and...

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    REVIEW | Why "Sarah's Key" Is Just Another Holocaust Movie

    Life is not always shaped like drama, but history often lends itself to classical narratives. Just as often, however, events of great consequence can be pithy shortcuts. Hence the genre of the Holocaust Movie, which has become shorthand for films that lean too heavily on the historical icons of trag...

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    Critical Consensus: "Another Earth" Edges "American Sleepover" For Pick of The Week

    In a tight race for the top rated film on criticWIRE, Mike Cahill's "Another Earth" edged out David Robert Mitchell's "The Myth of the American Sleepover" as the "pick of the week." "Earth" - a sci-fi drama being released this Friday via Fox Searchlight - was written by Cahill and Brit Marling, who is also the film's star and generally regarded as one of 2011's big indie breakouts. Marling plays Rhoda, a twenty-something on the brink of getting accepted to MIT. Just as she overhears on her car radio that a new planet has appeared in the sky, she inadvertently crashes into a van and kills two-thirds of the family on board. Cut to four years ...

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

    This week hitting the small screen, Catherine Deneuve pairs up with Gerard Depardieu, Eva Green "Cracks," a new French classic gets remastered in high-def and much more.

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    REVIEW | "The Myth of the American Sleepover" Turns John Hughes Inside Out

    When delineating the quality of teen dramas, there's no handier reference than John Hughes. In the case of David Robert Mitchell's enjoyably peculiar ensemble piece, "The Myth of the American Sleepover," the Hughes comparison requires more complex modifiers. Entertainment Weekly's Grady Smith wrote ...

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    REVIEW | Metaphysical Sci-Fi "Another Earth" Offers Promising Debuts

    First-time director Mike Cahill's "Another Earth" suggests Andrei Tarkovsky's "Solaris" by way of Aaron Katz. That unlikely combination speaks to the movie's unconventional mix of heady conceits and intimate conversations. A visually inspired fantasy mainly revolving around the doomed romance of two...

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    Carmageddon It! Screw the LA Pileup with These Rough and Tumble Car Movies

    If you are lucky enough to live in Los Angeles this summer, the city of sun, insanity and soul-destroying traffic, what better way to celebrate the closure of the 405 freeway (a.k.a. Carmageddon) and the death of your Westside weekend social life than with a marathon of classic car-themed movies thi...

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