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    Between Poetry and Identity Trouble: How 'A Floresta de Jonathas' is Queering the Amazon

    Last week, I took a mesmerising trip into the jungle. I was in in the Northern Amazon region of Brazil and lost control over time and space, watching a film that I can only describe as a beautiful and poetic meditation: “A Floresta de Jonathas”. I marvelled, I relaxed completely, then I hallucinated...

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    REVIEW: "Mr. Peabody and Sherman"

    Bringing Jay Ward's Mr. Peabody - a TV cartoon classic - to the big screen had to have been daunting. How do you get the most out of big-budget CG but retain the charm, coy humor and character integrity of the original? Somehow they pulled it off - with a healthy respect for the past as well as the ...

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    SXSW Review: Junkie Lovers Struggle to Survive In Tender Drama 'Animals,' Starring David Dastmalchian & Kim Shaw

    The initial scenes featuring young couple Bobbie (Kim Shaw) and Jude (David Dastmalchian, also the screenwriter) in Colin Schiffli's "Animals" are so precious that it comes as a shock to discover that they're both heroin addicts.

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    Recap: Hannah Tries 'Role-Play' In Season 3, Episode 10

    "I don't want you to spend your whole life socializing him like he's a stray dog, making the world a friendlier place for him," Hannah's (Lena Dunham) mother warned her in last week's "Flo." At the time it seemed like a cruel remark, but in "Role-Play," the observation has turned out to be prescient...

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    SXSW Review: Abortion Doc Provides Heroic Aid at Sea In 'Vessel,' But Is the Movie About Her a Missed Opportunity?

    The movie largely plays like an advertisement for her efforts rather than an accomplishment in its own right.

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    Mark Duplass & Jason Blum Talk 'Creep,' SXSW Review and Roundup (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

    Jason Blum and producer-writer-star Mark Duplass talk indie found footage SXSW thriller 'Creep.'

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    SXSW Review: How the Murder Mystery 'Wild Canaries' Transcends the Clichés of NYC Hipster Comedies

    The struggles of young New Yorkers have provided fodder for countless middle-of-the-road portraits of urban angst that vainly strive to reach for the tropes of Woody Allen angst. "Wild Canaries" has all the markings of this formula but makes some admirable attempts to shake it up by stuffing the usu...

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    SXSW: Fan-Fueled Phenom 'Veronica Mars' Recaptures the Magic of the Original Kristen Bell Series

    Can you ever go back to the past after you've closed the book on it, and would you want to? Will you like what you find there?

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    SXSW Review: Scary Haunted Mirror Horror 'Oculus'

    If there's one certainty in the horror genre, it's that trends will come and go. Some strain of horror will be popular for a few years, then disappear just as quickly, waiting for its moment of reinvention or cultural relevance. The genre's recent past has been dominated by two forces: the torture-p...

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