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    Why British Film Is in the Middle of an Indie Renaissance

    What leaps to mind when you think "British film"? Is it all tea and crumpets, Jane Austen costume dramas, and genteel swearing by the King? With maybe some Cockney gangsters thrown in for spice?

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    Review: Paul W.S. Anderson's 'Pompeii' Starring Kit Harington & Emily Browning

    With a reported budget somewhere in the neighborhood of $80 to $100 million dollars, there is no doubt where the money went in "Pompeii," the ancient Italian city laid to no uncertain waste in Paul W.S. Anderson's film. When you plunk down your $12, you will get the destruction you promised. But it'...

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    Review: Hayao Miyazaki's Fascinating And Beguiling 'The Wind Rises'

    Last year's Venice Film Festival saw a number of filmmakers push outside their comfort zone. Alfonso Cuarón made a 3D blockbuster set entirely in zero gravity. Kelly Reichardt made a thriller. Stephen Frears made a good movie. But no departure has been greater from a filmmaker than the one that Haya...

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    Review: Dutch Crime Thriller 'Black Out' For People Who Liked 'The Hangover III' But Wish It Had More Ultraviolence

    Are we destined to keep making copies of copies of copies? And is this always going to make us all feel old? The knee-jerk temptation is to react to Arne Toonen’s “Black Out” in much the same way naysayers treated Guy Ritchie’s crime pictures of the late nineties for jacking an aesthetic (specifical...

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    Review: 2014 Best Foreign Film Oscar Nominee 'Omar'

    The title character of Hany Abu-Assad’s “Omar” is played by Adam Bakri. Fair-skinned, with a slight overbite and an easy smile spread over a skinny face, he’s a likable onscreen presence, and when he makes doe eyes at coquettish Nadja (Leem Lubany), you see the blossoming of true love. It’s the sort...

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    2014 PAFF Review: Patrik-Ian Polk's 'Blackbird'

    With past films like The Skinny and Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom, writer-director Patrik-Ian Polk has become known for steamy ensemble dramedies about the lives and romantic woes of black gay men. His latest, Blackbird, while focused on a younger set of characters with tamer sexual history, has Pol...

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    How One of Sundance's Best Documentaries Got Lost in the Crowd

    The Arab Spring documentary 'We Are the Giant' was one of the best films at Sundance. Too bad almost no one saw it.

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    Why Greek Cinema Is Invading Ireland

    It's not just for their positions at opposite corners of the continent that Greece and Ireland might make for the most unlikely nations to see eye-to-eye.

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