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    Introducing criticWIRE: Sokurov's "The Sun" Tops This Week

    Alexander Sokurov's "The Sun," from the 2005 Berlinale, is currently atop indieWIRE's new criticWIRE among films opening in theaters this week. The new section of indieWIRE, being officially unveiled today, features hundreds of grades for new and recent films from dozens of film critics and bloggers...

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    REVIEW | Oddly Coarse and Compellingly Offbeat: Werner Herzog's "Bad Lieutenant"

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This review was originally published as part of indieWIRE's coverage of the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. "The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans" opens this Friday in theaters.

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    REVIEW | Distant Voices, Shrill Lives: Lukas Moodysson's "Mammoth"

    Much can be said about the concept and implications of globalization. That it's good for corporations, indifferent to local economies and cultures, rough on the working class. Here's another: globalization inspires very bad art. Besides Jia Zhangke and Olivier Assayas, who understand commercial exch...

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    REVIEW | After Words: Oren Moverman's "The Messenger"

    With so many films about the Iraq war come and gone, the arrival of "The Messenger," a becalmed, observant drama about Casualty Notification Officers (those whose work it is to stoically inform next of kin of their loss) seems oddly appropriate, especially as it's released at that moment when the public's attention is being wrenched towards Afghanistan and the ongoing situation in Iraq drifts ever further from consciousness. Oren Moverman's directorial debut is structured around absences -- those who've died, actions taken elsewhere. His protagonists are largely obsessed with aftermaths, even as they works towards becoming actors in their own...

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    REVIEW | All Fall Down: Chris Smith's "Collapse"

    At the turns of decades and centuries, it's fairly common for sky-is-falling prognostication to spike wildly. This angst often finds expression in popular entertainments, such as the appearance, as if on cue, of the clunky misfire "Knowing" and the upcoming sure-to-be tedious "2012." What these kinds of spectacles provide is something like diversionary exorcism--the world outside may seem bad, but there's some comfort in recognizing that visual effects artists can always imagine even worse. These films are about as easy to dismiss as History Channel specials on Nostradamus, and probably less fun, so Chris Smith's often unnerving documentary...

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    REVIEW | Authenticity Takes on Absurdity - and the "Goats" Lose

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This review was originally published as part of indieWIRE's coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival.

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    REVIEW | Bold Strokes: Lee Daniels' "Precious"

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This review was originally published as part of indieWIRE's coverage of the Sundance Film Festival.

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    REVIEW | A Day in the Life: Katherine Dieckmann's "Motherhood"

    "What Does Motherhood Mean to Me?" wonders Eliza, Uma Thurman's harried West Village mother of two, as she works her way through a day of tough city living in Katherine Dieckmann's "Motherhood." Somewhat sadly, this existential pondering doesn't spring organically from the material at hand: an episodic catalogue of indignities visited by the evil urban environment upon those who choose to procreate therein. Instead, our heroine, a creative sort left at wit's end by the mundane distractions of her life, fresh from finishing a quickie post to her mom-blog "The Bjorn Identity," is sparked to answer this rather large question by a crude pop-up in...

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    REVIEW | Plain Ride: Mira Nair's "Amelia"

    [An indieWIRE review from Reverse Shot.]

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    REVIEW | Off The Edge: The Primal Power of Von Trier's "Antichrist"

    With "Antichrist," Lars Von Trier fully lives up to his reputation as an outrageous provocateur and master image-maker. Love it or hate it, boo it or applaud it-as audiences did both simultaneously after the world premiere here in Cannes-the film is the most shocking of the festival so far, with cri...

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