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    Berlin Review: A Sex Surrogate Finds Love, Kinda, In Anja Marquardt's Fascinating Debut 'She's Lost Control'

    From the opening minutes of "She's Lost Control," it's clear that Anja Marquardt's portrait of a sex surrogate in New York City will take its subject matter dead seriously.

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    Berlin Review: Why the Shorter Version of 'Nymphomaniac Volume I' Is Better Than Lars Von Trier's Director's Cut

    The edition version of "Nymphomaniac" (at least the first half) seems to have more to do with the streamlining of an unwieldy corpus than any attempt by the distributor to deprive the public of some additional graphic money shots.

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    Berlin Review: Lars von Trier's Director's Cut Of 'Nymphomaniac Part 1'

    Lars von Trier is going to Hell. The devil, after all, has all the best tunes, and on the evidence of "Nymphomaniac Part 1," which has its world premiere in its unexpurgated, director-preferred 145-minute version at the Berlin Film Festival, von Trier is a maestro at his zenith, conducting what may ...

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    Berlin Review: 'Yves Saint Laurent' An Inert, Precious Biopic Dressed In Fancy Clothes

    Suffering from the same handsome-but-uninspired treatment that sinks so many Hollywood biopics, the French-language "Yves Saint Laurent" from director Jalil Lespert, which traces the life of the pioneering fashion designer through its most turbulent decades, had its premiere recently at the Berlin F...

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    Reviews of Bong Joon-ho's Uncut 'Snowpiercer' Hail a Masterpiece, Or Part of One

    Bong Joon-ho's embattled English-language debut finally meets the English-speaking press, who find that even its uncut version feels incomplete.

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    Review: Was 'Snowpiercer' Worth the Battle For the Director's Cut?

    Bong Joon-ho's wild "Snowpiercer" finally arrives after a feud between the director and Harvey Weinstein put 20 minutes of the film in jeopardy.

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    Review: Amateur Action Thriller 'The Outsider' Starring Craig Fairbrass, James Caan And Jason Patric

    If you stick around in Hollywood long enough, keep in shape, log a solid amount of credits and act the part of a good soldier, maybe you, too, will receive your own starring vehicle. Of course, there’s no guarantee that vehicle will be in any way interesting, but consider it the show-business versio...

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    Berlin Review: Forest Whitaker Impresses As Paroled Criminal In Uneven 'Two Men In Town,' A Remake At War With Itself

    French-Algerian director Rachid Bouchareb has lately alternated between sweeping historical dramas (the WWII drama "Days of Glory," the Algerian War portrait "Outside the Law") and sentimental two-handers with quieter approaches ("London River," "Just Like a Woman"). In all cases, however, Bouchareb...

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    Review: Art World Comedy 'Art Machine' Starring Joseph Cross And Jessica Szohr

    How do movies feel about the art world again? It seems to always be adversarial, to a point at which the bougie industry of pastels and fancy grants is never less than alien to a filmgoers’ worldview. But if that were entirely the case, why would they make so many movies about it—movies where art al...

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