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    REVIEW | Living in the Present: "The Imperialists are Still Alive"

    Records of post-9/11 Middle Eastern life have been virtually absent in Western cinema for obvious, if deplorable, reasons. Zeina Durra mercifully comes to the rescue with a sharp contemporary yarn sporting an appropriately alarming title: "The Imperialists Are Still Alive!" The first-time director's...

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    REVIEW | "The Double Hour" and the Twist Ending Twitter Can't Kill

    Movies have always played with audience expectations. Louis Lumiére's 1895 short "Tables Turned on the Gardener" concludes its one-minute length with a timeless sight gag. A few decades later, "The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari" pioneered the movie twist by revealing that the majority of its narrative ...

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    Review: The 'Little White Lies' That Bind Are Explored In This Leisurely Gallic Dramedy

    The nature of what keeps a long-term friendship together over the years is somewhat ephemeral. There is the trust and confidence that comes with knowing someone intimately, seeing them at their best and worst, and being there for them without judgment. But it's also built on shared values, small moments and significant times shared, building a collective history that binds dates and places with deep emotional resonance. But, everyone also has their secrets, and even the best of friends will often keep their own fears or secret desires to themselves, not only for the sake of a friendship but for their own private reasons as well. Now...

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    Critical Consensus: Danish Doc "Armadillo" Tops criticWIRE This Week

    Opening in limited release this week is an eclectic batch: Janus Metz's Afghanistan war doc "Armadillo," Robert Redford's Lincoln assassination take "The Conspirator," 2010 Cannes Jury Prize winner "A Screaming Man," Bertrand Tavernier’s "The Princess of Montpensier," another Cannes 2010 alum, Zeina...

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    REVIEW | Cannes Jury Prize-Winner "A Screaming Man" is Divine

    "A Screaming Man," Mahamat-Saleh Haroun's tale of an aging father at war with his son, also invokes the political realities of Chad, a country overrun by civil war. However, the movie delivers its strongest impact when it keeps things simple.

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    Small Screens: indieWIRE's 5 Top Releases This Week

    indieWIRE's Small Screen is now Small Screens, revamped to include new VOD releases. Have suggestions? Email us at editors@indiewire.com.

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    REVIEW | Redford's "The Conspirator" Can't Do the Lincoln Legacy Proud

    Why does the dramatic power of Abraham Lincoln's assassination elude so many filmmakers? No less than D.W. Griffith tried it twice: Both "Birth of a Nation" and "Abraham Lincoln" portrayed the event with decent build-up but very little payoff. A long-gestating adaptation of James L. Swanson's "Manhu...

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    REVIEW | Greta Gerwig Is a Mumblecore Prop in "Arthur"

    Four years ago, Greta Gerwig was everywhere, but only visible to those paying attention. In 2007, Gerwig was the precious lead in Joe Swanberg's microbudgeted comedy "Hannah Takes the Stairs," a film released when Swanberg and several other directors were lumped together into a shakily defined "mumb...

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    movie review: Hanna

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    movie review: Arthur

    How you react to Arthur will largely depend on your expectations. If you’ve never seen, or heard of, the 1981 movie Arthur you might find the new movie of the same name fairly entertaining. But if you have fond memories of the original, written and directed by Steve Gordon, you’ll kno...

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