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    Guillermo del Toro's 'Pacific Rim': Smarter Blockbuster or a Different Kind of Dumb?

    There's not much more to "Pacific Rim" than its principle reference points, which Del Toro clashes together with a chaotic fervor on par with the battles at the movie's center.

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    Karlovy Vary Review: Sophie Huber's Documentary 'Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction'

    An enigmatic and perhaps occasionally overly deferential documentary about one of the all-time great character actors, Sophie Huber’s “Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction,” is slow out of the gate, but gently, ever so gently, builds to a thoughtful portrait of a thoughtful man. Stanton, while never l...

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    Karlovy Vary Review: Felix Van Groeningen's Tribeca & Berlin Favorite 'The Broken Circle Breakdown'

    An immaculately observed, desperately moving story of love, loss, and bluegrass music, it's easy to see why Belgian film "The Broken Circle Breakdown" came to the Karlovy Vary Film Festival trailing awards: Best Actress and Best Screenplay from Tribeca and the Audience Award and the Europa Cinemas A...

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    Karlovy Vary Review: Berlin Golden Bear Winner 'Child's Pose'

    One of the great pleasures of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, aside from its generally friendly atmosphere, and awesome local tipple Becherovka, is that its timing and the breadth of its selection gives us the chance to catch up with films we, for one reason or another, missed at festivals previousl...

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    Karlovy Vary Review: Michel Gondry's 'Mood Indigo'

    So if we were to CHROME CARROTS attempt to replicate the PERSPEX LIMO omnipresent inventiveness of TINY MOUSE IN A TINY HOUSE Michel Gondry’s latest film throughout the PIANO THAT MAKES COCKTAILS course of this review, it would SUNLIGHT IS STRING get pretty old, pretty damn RUBIK’S CUBE ORGANISER qu...

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    Ways of Seeing: A Guide to Jem Cohen's 'Museum Hours'

    Jem Cohen's Museum Hours, which just joined the ranks of Criticwire's highest-ranked 2013 films, gets its first theatrical run outside of New York this weekend, and will be expanding across the country through August and September. While transparency requires I divulge that my own review of the film...

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    Why The Lone Ranger's Anachronisms Make Its History Lessons Hard to Swallow

    There's an old joke, apparently drawn from a 1958 issue of MAD magazine, that goes something like this: The Lone Ranger and Tonto are riding across the plains when they see a group of Indians in full warpaint galloping toward them, tomahawks at the ready. The Lone Ranger digs in his heels and says t...

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    Review: 'Life's Too Short' Gives A Bittersweet Ending To An Overlooked Series

    After Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's groundbreaking "The Office," followed by the equally well received "Extras," it seemed that audiences began to cool on that particular brand of comedy. Rooted in vain, unlikeable, ambitious and curiously sympathetic characters, it's not clear where public o...

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    The Lone Ranger's Lonely Champions

    The reviews for The Lone Ranger are in, and by and large they're pretty dire: Criticwire's C average is the only place the movie musters a passing grade. But a small handful of prominent critics have made a strong case for the movie's virtues, going so far as to suggest that those who pounced on the...

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    Karlovy Vary Review: Clio Barnard’s ’The Selfish Giant’

    We meet Arbor, the troubled young protagonist of Clio Barnard’s second feature “The Selfish Giant" in claustrophobic close-up as he hammers his fists in incoherent rage against the underside of the bed beneath which, we gather, he tends to retreat in times of stress. The violence subsides suddenly t...

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