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    REVIEW | Ed Helms is A Blue-Collar Hero in "Cedar Rapids"

    Director Miguel Arteta does penance for his uneven adaptation of "Youth in Revolt" with the serviceable business comedy "Cedar Rapids," but the real star of the show is Ed Helms. Helms plays angelic insurance agent Tim Lippe with gentle nobility and hilarious naivete.

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    Small Screen (DVD/Blu-ray): "Tamara Drewe," "Thelma & Louise" Reunite & More

    This week on DVD and Blu-ray Stephen Frears turns in one of his sexy romps, a crop of the some of the finest working actresses band together and an Italian classic comes back to life.

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    Big Screen | From Berlin to Bieber: The Top Five Film Events This Week

    Each week indieWIRE offers five recommendations for theatrical viewing, tackling new releases, film festivals, curated series and events. This week, the Berlinale, Oscar's shorts on screen and the theatrical rising of Mr. Justin Bieber.

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    The Portman Principle: How “The Other Woman” Represents the Darker Side of VOD

    Currently, there are many opportunities to watch Natalie Portman flex her acting chops, but only one simultaneously brings her to a theater near you and an even nearer living room. “Black Swan” continues its successful theatrical release; sex comedy “No Strings Attached” earned $20 million and the top box-office spot on its opening weekend. And then there's “The Other Woman,” which hits theaters this weekend a month after its premiere on cable platforms around the country. Despite being the most readily available member of this Portman triple-assault, it’s also the weakest, although that much should be obvious from its castaway status on VOD....

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    REVIEW | With "Into Eternity," Michael Madsen Ponders the Future of Nuclear Waste

    A haunting nonfiction elegy about the threat of the apocalypse, Michael Madsen’s “Into Eternity” explores the horrors of anticipating an unpredictable future. Madsen delves into the perilous crevices of Onkalo (which translates as “hiding place”), an ominous cave in Finland tasked with the permanent storage of nuclear waste. Since Onkalo must last 100,000 years, so too must the warnings that its contents are left undisturbed. Madsen focuses on the challenges of the latter task by continually addressing an imaginary audience watching the movie several centuries from now. He delivers the threatening dispatch in an unlikely hybrid of science-fic...

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    Small Screen (DVD/Blu-ray): "Monsters," "Tillman," "Rileys" and More

    This week on DVD and Blu-ray an indie monster picture slays the competition, Kristen Stewart comes of age and a Kazuo Ishiguro gets the screen treatment.

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    Sundance Wrap | A Good Year and a Commercial One

    This was considered a good year for the Sundance Film Festival, both artistically and commercially. Program aspects that received a positive response also found distribution, and hopefully will continue to make headlines when they hit theaters. If Sundance provides a window into the near future, thi...

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    Critics Notebook | At Slamdance, "Superheroes" and "Silver Tongues" Impress

    "The more the merrier," Robert Redford told a roomful of journalists at the beginning of the Sundance Film Festival this year. He was responding to a question about the Slamdance Film Festival, as he often must. Started in 1995 in response to Sundance's ultra-competitive submission pile, Slamdance i...

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    Sundance 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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    Sundance Review | "Son of No One" Marks a Career Low for Director Dito Montiel

    It's strange to think that just a few years ago, Dito Montiel was a Sundance darling whose sharp 2006 debut "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints" announced his transition from former punk rocker to refined filmmaker. Instead of following up that deeply personal adaptation of his ow...

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