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    Little Woman, "Big Men": Rachel Boynton Gets Oil Barons and Audiences to Drop Their Guard

    The story of global capitalists plundering African resources gives its subjects room to breathe, and rope to hang themselves.

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    Review: Jason Bateman's 'Bad Words' Puts a Vulgar Twist on Spelling Bees, Invites 'Bad Santa' Comparisons

    Jason Bateman has described his directorial debut, "Bad Words," as "'Bad Santa' with spelling bees," a comparison so evident in the material that it's practically a remake. The actor's step behind the camera, in which he plays a bitter 40-year-old who crashes a national children's spelling bee by am...

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    "Frozen": A Study in Over-Interpretation

    The people who attack, or praise, "Frozen" for its pro-gay message reveal much more about themselves than about the Oscar-winning animated musical.

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    Review: How 'Teenage' Reveals the History of Youth Culture In Its Own Terms

    With "Teenage," documentarian Matt Wolf has assembled an impressive array of footage, facts, and photos to nimbly tell the pre-history of teenagers.

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    The Indiewire 2014 SXSW Bible: Your Guide to All of Our Coverage

    Indiewire is on the scene at the 2014 SXSW Festival. Because we'll be posting so much throughout the run of the festival, we've compiled this SXSW master list to help you keep track of all our coverage. Keep checking back daily until the festival wraps on March 15 for all the latest reviews, feature...

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    The Two Jakes (Or Are They?). Gyllenhaal in 'Enemy'

    If you saw someone who looked exactly like you, how freaked out would you actually be? Enough so that music recalling Hitchcock films plays in the background? Would you leap to some wildly sinister conclusion or would you take a minute, calm down, and do something commonsensical, like have a serious...

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    SXSW Review: Swedish House Mafia Documentary 'Leave The World Behind'

    The electronic dance movement is now. Between French electronic outfit Daft Punk winning the Album of the Year Grammy while dressed as ice cream-colored robots, the Internet-dominating Beyonce surprise release, and earlier this week the release of a new album by 26-year-old dance music maven (and "S...

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    This Weekend, Drive Past 'Need for Speed' and Head for the Indies

    This weekend, your best bet is to steer clear of "Need for Speed" and seek out a few indies instead. The critics have spoken, and "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul's first mainstream theatrical vehicle, based on the wildly popular video game racing franchise, has no wheels. So instead, why not catch no...

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    Review: Jason Bateman's 'Bad Words' Has Lots Of Them, But Few Are Actually Funny

    The past few years have seen the R-rated comedy rise in popularity with audiences, in acclaim with critics and, most importantly, in dollars at the box office. But while successes like "The Hangover" (the first one only) and "Bridesmaids" are pinnacle examples of using the adults-only rating to raun...

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