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    Sundance: 'It Felt Like Love' Review and Roundup

    One of the much-vaunted Sundance slate of movies directed by women, "It Felt Like Love" marks yet another micro-budget hand-held look at an adolescent's coming of age. This one is well-shot in HD by director Eliza Hittman, a Cal Arts grad making her feature debut after screening her short "Untitled"...

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    Oscar Watch: West Bank Man with '5 Broken Cameras' UPDATED

    "I film to heal," says Emad Burnat, a Palestinian filmmaker and activist living in the West Bank, towards the end of "5 Broken Cameras," the disturbing and intricately layered documentary composed predominantly of Burnat's footage, which he crafted into a film along with Israeli director Guy Davidi....

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    'Side Effects': Soderbergh Q & A and Review Roundup [VIDEO]

    As "Side Effects" co-stars Channing Tatum and Catherine Zeta-Jones were no-shows at Wednesday night’s group Q & A for the twisty new Steven Soderbergh thriller "Side Effects" (February 7), the filmmaker himself was the star of the night. Soderbergh charmed his post-screening audience at Lincoln Cent...

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    Review: Walter Hill's Sylvester Stallone-Starrer 'Bullet To The Head' Is A Blast From The Past

    About as unreconstructed as it's possible to get, Walter Hill's first feature in 10 years, "Bullet to the Head," finds the veteran action director utterly mired in the tropes of the '80s R-rated action film. And we enjoyed the hell out of it. With nothing but the Himalayan crags of Sylvester Stallon...

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    Immersed in Movies: Talking Disney Animated Short Oscar Nominee 'Paperman,' See Full Video

    Is Disney's hand-drawn animated legacy dead? Let's hope not. The new "Paperman" short may provide the answer for its survival. (See trailer below.) "Paperman," which just premiered at the Annecy Film Festival and debuts locally this week at the Los Angeles Film Fest (in 3-D), will play in theater...

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    Sundance: 'Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes' Review and Interview (VIDEO)

    Unfortunately, the characters in Francesca Gregorini's handsome but uninvolving "Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes" don't talk or behave like real people.

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    Critical Consensus: Peter Knegt and Eric Kohn On Oscar Momentum For 'Argo' and Awards Candidates From Sundance 2013

    In this edition of Critical Consensus, Indiewire’s chief film critic and resident Oscar prognosticator trade insights on what "Argo's" new momentum means for the Oscar race and which Sundance Film Festival movies might be part of the discussion next year.

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    'The Gatekeepers,' An Unexpectedly Fascinating Doc About the Middle East

    After you retire, “You become a bit of a leftist,” says Yaakov Peri – a startling comment considering the job he retired from: head of the Israeli security agency, Shin Bet. 'The Gatekeepers' the Oscar-nominated documentary in which Israeli filmmaker Dror Moreh talks...

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    Review: 'Warm Bodies' Exhumes A Zombie Romance Without Much Of A Pulse

    Credit where credit is due, “Warm Bodies” does at the very least bring a zombie to the big screen that we’ve never seen before: one seemingly caught in the grip of an existential crisis. When we first meet the undead R (Nicholas Hoult) he’s literally and figuratively shuffling through life. His deca...

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    Now and Then: The Soul of Netflix's New Series? The BBC's 'House of Cards'

    "Lilyhammer," Netflix's first foray into original programming, failed to generate sustained attention when it premiered last year. One suspects this won't be true of its star-studded second attempt, "House of Cards," debuting Friday. Except Netflix's latest isn't so novel after all: its animating fo...

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