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    Telluride Film Festival Review: Donald Rumsfeld Stumbles Through Half-Truths In Errol Morris' 'The Unknown Known,' And So Does the Doc

    Donald Rumsfeld stares straight at the camera and smiles a lot in "The Unknown Known," the latest single-interview documentary from Errol Morris, but his cheery demeanor never manages to convince. Revisiting turf he last explored with another portrait of a disgraced former defense secretary, the Osc...

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    Venice Review: Philip Gröning’s Three-Hour Domestic Violence Drama ‘The Police Officer’s Wife’

    To a certain audience, the return of Philip Gröning is big news. The German director has been working for twenty years or so, but his last film, 2005’s “Into Great Silence,” a documentary about the Carthesian monks of the French Alps, really saw him win recognition, becoming a favorite on the festiv...

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    Review and Interview: Lynn Shelton's 'Touchy Feely' with Rosemarie DeWitt, Now on VOD (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

    With "Touchy Feely," Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton returns with her second Sundance competition film, and her most personal since her 2006 debut "we go way back." (Video interview with Shelton and DeWitt below.)

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    'Our Nixon' Review: Forty Years Later, An Intimate Portrait of Nixon, and Ourselves (TRAILER)

    Songwriter Kirsty MacColl's "They Don't Know (About Us)" makes a fitting title track for "Our Nixon." The found-footage documentary, woven from 500 hours of Super 8 shot by Watergate convicts H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, and Dwight Chapin, isn't just a portrait of the Nixon's peculiar boys club. ...

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    Venice Review: Sono Sion's Bonkers Midnight Movie 'Why Don't You Play In Hell?'

    "Crowd-pleasing" is not an adjective typically associated with Japanese director Sono Sion. For a decade or so, he's been celebrated among cinephiles for his abrasive, challenging films like the four-hour long "Love Exposure" and the post-2011-tsunami "Himizu," which was something of a favourite her...

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    ‘To Be Or Not To Be’ Is Better Than Ever

    When Ernst Lubitsch’s "To Be Or Not To Be" opened in the spring of 1942, just months after America went to war, it was repudiated and even reviled by many critics who thought it was in poor taste to juxtapose comedy against the backdrop of Poland’s invasion by the Nazis.

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    Telluride Review: Jason Reitman Shifts Gears With Melodramatic Quasi-Crime Story 'Labor Day' Starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin

    A significant departure for the director, "Labor Day" is a classical, melodramatic tearjerker that's also a sincere coming-of-age story.

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    Telluride Review: Jason Reitman's 'Labor Day' Starring Josh Brolin & Kate Winslet

    Short of helming a "Smurfs" sequel, it's tough to imagine writer-director Jason Reitman going for a greater change of pace than he has with "Labor Day," a full-immersion exercise in the old-fashioned women's weepie that skews far closer to Nicholas Sparks' brand of contrivance than Diablo Cody terri...

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    Review: Illuminating & Hilarious Documentary 'Our Nixon'

    The documentary "Our Nixon" by Penny Lane serves as a bit of a complication to the popular narrative of Richard Nixon as our most scandalized and scheming of Presidents. While it doesn't seek to alter this narrative, it does attempt to add another layer to the story, a perspective offered by those c...

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    Review: Sundance Best Director Winner 'Afternoon Delight' Starring Kathryn Hahn & Juno Temple

    The premise of “Afternoon Delight,” admittedly, does not sound terribly appealing: to spice up their sex life, a Silverlake couple goes for a night out at a gentleman’s club and subsequently take in a stripper in need of help. From that logline alone you can glean that their relatively buttoned-up s...

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