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    Critic's Notebook: New Directors/New Films Shows Flawed Movies, For Good Reasons

    Most film festival programmers will admit that you can't please everyone. At festivals large and small, the people responsible for the movies in their lineups smile at the podium and vouch for their choices, readily aware that the program's quality is anything but impeccable. However, New Directors/...

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    REVIEW | Adrien Brody's Diminishing Returns Continue With "Wrecked"

    Here's a triple bill dying to be made: "Buried," in which Ryan Reynolds spends the entire running time in a coffin; "127 Hours," featuring James Franco, an immovable boulder and little else; and the newly released "Wrecked," a modest survival tale starring Adrian Brody as a car-crash victim trapped ...

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    Critical Consensus: Italian Fable "Le Quattro Volte" Is The Pick of the Week

    As indieWIRE's recent April preview makes clear, specialty filmgoers have lots to look forward to in the coming weeks and this week starts that off with a wide array of releases including Duncan Jones' SXSW opener "Source Code," David Schwimmer's directorial debut "Trust," Susanne Bier's Academy Award-winning Danish import "In a Better World," "Saw" director James Wan's horror flick "Insidious" (the inaugural film from distributor FilmDistrict), IFC's highly buzzed Toronto pickup "Super," Quentin Dupieux's deranged tire opus "Rubber," and "Rubber"'s 2010 Cannes Film Festival peer "Le Quattro Volte," which won the top prize in Cannes' Director...

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    REVIEW | Duncan Jones' "Source Code" Messes With Your Head and Your Heart

    Drawing on time-shifting concepts reminiscent of "Groundhog Day" and "Run Lola Run," Duncan Jones' "Source Code" inhabits the spirit of old-school sci-fi while effectively providing a measure of pathos. As he did in his prior film, "Moon," "Source Code" showcases Jones' ability to provide ample ente...

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    REVIEW | The "Crash" Effect: How "In a Better World" Won Its Oscar

    Anointed with the Best Foreign Film Oscar over a month before its U.S. release, Susanne Bier's "In a Better World" contains several troubled characters coping with profound life crises. That basic description, alongside the Danish filmmaker's track record with brooding tales of woe, sent the awards ...

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    REVIEW | Bad Ideas In Close Up: Quentin Dupieux's "Rubber"

    The selling point of "Rubber" sounds like the whole story: A tire comes to life and goes on a murderous rampage. But Quentin Dupieux's utterly zany slice of narrative subversion transcends that singularly goofy premise to create one of the more bizarre experiments with genre in quite some time. With...

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    REVIEW | Spirituality and Goats: "Le Quattro Volte"

    A story of anarchic goats, lively spiritual celebrations and reincarnation, Michaelangelo Frammartino's "Le Quattro Volte" (which won the Europa Cinemas Label in Cannes's Directors' Fortnight) has a heavy philosophical load. Nevertheless, this painstakingly constructed, quasi-documentary about a she...

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    REVIEW | A Geologist Finds Solace in "I Travel Because I Have To, I Come Back Because I Love You"

    There's something primal about the moving-image travelogue. One of the original genres of moviemaking, it made a comeback in the home-video footage now considered a hallmark of documentaries' montage sequences. "I Travel Because I Have To, I Come Back Because I Love You" personalizes the charm of o...

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    REVIEW | Catherine Deneuve Shines in Ozon's "Potiche"

    "Potiche" is Catherine Deneuve's show, and she knows it. Directed by François Ozon and adapted from the 1970s play, the story follows Suzanne Pujo (Deneauve) in the title role as the longtime stay-at-home arm candy of tyrannical factory owner Robert (Fabrice Luchini) given the chance to come out of ...

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    Small Screen (Blu-ray/DVD): "The Times of Harvey Milk," A Royal Double Feature & More

    This week on DVD and Blu-ray a groundbreaking documentary gets the Criterion treatment, a Queen gets a royal double billing, a pianist comes out of the closet and Buster Keaton lives on.

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