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    What to See, What to Skip: New Reviews This Week

    While the last installment in the "Harry Potter" film franchise is poised to break box-office records this weekend, a slew of indie releases also drop today to keep you away from the millions of Potter Heads lining up to see the boy wizard take on Lord Voldemort. To get an idea of wha...

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    REVIEW | "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" Is Pretty, But Not Wayne Wang's Finest Moment

    These days, Wayne Wang works in two different modes as a filmmaker and they rarely intersect.

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    Critic's Notebook | "Harry Potter" Is Dead, but Its Corporate Overlords Live On

    In "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2," Daniel Radcliffe's young wizard receives advice from the ghost of his mentor, Albus Dumbledore: "Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living."

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    indieWIRE Does Hulu: We Pick Our Favorite Docs About the American Dream (or the lack thereof)

    For this edition of indieWIRE at Hulu Docs - iW's regular curation of Hulu's Documentaries page - we're very loosely tying into this month's connection with patriotism and national celebration by looking at a selection of films addressing the American Dream… or its flipside.

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    REVIEW | "Life, Above All" Suffers from a Conventional Plot, But Newcomer Khomotso Manyaka Saves It

    Although loaded with dramatic consequence, "Life, Above All" is slight. Set in the outskirts of Johannesburg, the movie follows a young girl faced with a broken family and communal rejection. Her transition from pariah to fierce young adult energizes the story with emotional resonance, but director ...

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    REVIEW | Why "Daylight" Does the Home Invasion Genre Proud

    The home invasion thriller is a genre that typically engages with issues of class and human instinct. In first-rate examples like "Funny Games" and the recent Spanish entry "Kidnapped," a small group of captives face off against their oppressors under exceedingly frightening circumstances, and the s...

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    What to Buy, What to Rent & What to Watch on DVD/Blu-ray This Week

    This week, a Palme d'Or-winning oddity drops, Mike Leigh gets kinky, the makers of "Saw" go paranormal and much more.

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    REVIEW | Weird, Familiar and Out of Control: Errol Morris's "Tabloid"

    The enjoyably wacky scenario of Errol Morris's "Tabloid" is cookie-cutter material for the documentarian, but Morris wields his cookie cutter like a pro. Doing penance for the grim, sterile polemics of "Standard Operating Procedure," Morris bounces back with the sort of phenomenally surreal weird-bu...

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    REVIEW | How "The Undefeated" Makes the Case for President Palin, and Why It Fails

    In "The Undefeated," Stephen K. Bannon's hagiographic clip show about Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and vice president candidate assumes a larger-than-life presence.

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    movie review: Project Nim

    If movies about talking cars or warlike robots don’t interest you, Project Nim is the latest documentary (following Buck) to offer a satisfying, adult alternative. It tells a story that is both stranger and more thought-provoking than most Hollywood fare.

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