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    REVIEW | "Beautiful Darling" Recalls the Distinct Allure of a Warhol Superstar

    Candy Darling, the transexual bombshell featured in several Andy Warhol movies, two Velvet Underground songs and one Tennessee Williams play, inhabited the precise fantasy she created for herself. That's argument put forth by director James Rasin in "Beautiful Darling," a straightforward biographical survey of the Warhol superstar's unique appeal, which only faded with her premature death from lymphoma at the age of 29. With a mixture of talking heads and diary entries, Rasin tracks Darling from her early childhood as James Slattery in Queens to her presence at the center of New York counterculture in the late sixties and early seventies. Amo...

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    REVIEW | Why "Hobo with a Shotgun" Is Such Wacky Fun

    The selling point of "Hobo with a Shotgun" is its primal appeal. No less than D.W. Griffith allegedly deemed a girl and a gun as the minimum requirements for any engrossing movie formula. "Hobo" has both, plus ample doses of exagerrated gore, a faded eighties action star, and the giddy, unfocused en...

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    Hot Docs Debuts A Beautiful Epic with "National Parks Project"

    Among the many Canadian docs making their debuts at Hot Docs this week is "The National Parks Project." With an assembly of 13 filmmakers and 39 musicians, project creators Joel McConvey, Geoff Morrison and Ryan J. Noth put together something distinctively epic.

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    REVIEW | Megan Fox, Mickey Rourke and Bill Murray Lose Direction in Awful "Passion Play"

    When "Passion Play" premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, it became the object of instant derision. Variety pointed out the "near-painful hipness," while Screen deemed it "little more than a whimsical curio." The bad buzz snowballed into the imminent release of "Passion ...

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    Small Screens: indieWIRE's Top 5 Releases This Week

    DVD/Blu-ray Top Pick:Title: "Fat Girl"Director: Catherine Breillat

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    REVIEW | Despite A Loony Mel Gibson, "The Beaver" Is a Tame Dramatic Affair

    Despite a ludicrous set-up based around one of the most outlandish performances of Mel Gibson's career, "The Beaver" is a tame, leisurely drama that neither provides the beleaguered actor with decisive comeback material nor further muddies his tarnished image. As directed by Jodie Foster from the sc...

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    VERTIGOED: NIGHT MOVES

    VERTIGOED - Night Moves (1975) from La Belle Aurore Films on Vimeo.

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    TRIBECA REVIEW | What Edward Burns' "Newlyweds" Says About the Future of Cheap Movies

    An ultralight excursion into the urban neuroses of the Woody Allen canon, Edward Burns' 10th feature, "Newlyweds," is a slight relationship comedy that constitutes more of a doodle than a full-fledged movie. Following a small ensemble of characters through a variety of conversations about the ups an...

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    TRIBECA REVIEW | Festival Winner "She Monkeys" Puts Sexual Competition in Closeup

    Swedish director Lisa Aschan's "She Monkeys" is a patient study of young female desire. The plot has a simple trajectory: Two teen girls shift from friends to competitors while vying for the top spot of an equestrian acrobatics team. The subtext runs deeper, however, as the coming-of-age story adopts a bleak Darwinian perspective. While her views on developing femininity break no new ground, Aschan maintains a solid grasp on the material. Her script (co-written by Josefine Adolfsson) mainly takes the perspective of Emma (Mathilda Paradeiser), a new addition to the team who's initially encouraged by the seductive Cassandra (Linda Molin) to enj...

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    REVIEW | A Natural Museum In 3-D: Werner Herzog's "Cave of Forgotten Dreams"

    In recent years, Werner Herzog's sly observations on the ways the universe in wondrously strange documentaries such as "Grizzly Man" and "Encounters at the End of the World" have taken on cult status apart from his existing place in the history of German cinema. Viral videos contain uncanny imitatio...

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