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    PAFF 2013 Review: Unconventional Dark Romance 'Apartment 4E' Anchored By Challenging, Compelling Performances

    Screening at the ongoing Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, now in the latter half of this year's run, is Russell Sharman’s micro-budget indie Apartment 4E (previously titled Small Of Her Back) - a two-character dark romance about Piper (Nicole Beh...

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    Review: 'Saving Lincoln' A Shoddily Assembled Biopic With Special Effects That Distract Instead Of Enhance

    Sports fans are familiar with that common, irrational howl: the too-invested fan who screams towards the field or at the screen, veins bulging in their forehead prompted by too much lubrication. How could you call that play? Why are you substituting the righthander from the bullpen? Do you not under...

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    Review: ‘The Jeffrey Dahmer Files’ Is An Uneasy, Largely Unsuccessful Mixture of Fact And Fiction

    The title of the new true crime documentary “The Jeffrey Dahmer Files” is evocative and provocative. It suggests a couple of things, too. One, the word ‘Files’ insinuates that this is going to be a probing documentary, something that reaches into the storied history of one of America’s most infamous...

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    Now and Then: The Dardenne Brothers' Lost Boys

    From the first minutes of "The Kid with a Bike," marked by an energetic shot of its young protagonist, Cyril, careening through a field and climbing over a fence, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's latest is an exercise in kinesis. It's not just that Cyril's always running: he's running away.

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    Berlin Review: Giuseppe Tornatore's 'The Best Offer' Is A Campy, Overcooked Mess

    If director Giuseppe Tornatore has had an up-and-down time of it since his breakthrough, 1988's almost universally adored, Oscar-winning "Cinema Paradiso," it has to be said that his most recent film, "The Best Offer," marks a definite low point, even as one of the downs. But that's probably what's ...

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    Mitchell Block Direct: Academy Nominated Live Action Shorts Reviewed

    The Academy has done its job and with more entries than ever, it wasn’t easy. Some fine films didn’t make it.

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    'Beautiful Creatures': Smarter, Wittier, Better Than 'Twilight'

    Beautiful Creatures, the story of high-school students in love – only one of them with supernatural powers – is bound to be compared to the Twilight movies, but that’s just wrong. Richard LaGravanese’s sumptuous-looking film is crisply directed, wonderfully cast and far ...

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    Berlin Review: Danis Tanovic's Neorealist 'An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker' Is a Cry For Help From the Bosnian Lower Class

    Danis Tanovic's "An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker" has plenty to say, but as tragic observations go it's curiously dry. A dramatically compelling social realist parable about the underprivileged Bosnian and Herzegovinian lower class, it's closer to conventional cinema v...

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    Review: It's Ad Men vs. Bad Men In Pablo Larrain's Exciting, Funny, Moving 'No' Starring Gael Garcia Bernal

    "No" is exactly the kind of film you hope to stumble across -- a film that hadn't been on your radar until buzz from too many quarters too diverse to be ignored made you seek it out, discovering a film that's extraordinarily well-made, superbly acted, funny, human, warm, principled and, yes, as enth...

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    Review: Korean Action Flick 'The Berlin File' is Mostly Fun, Always Silly & Rather Inconsequential

    To paraphrase Mugatu from "Zoolander," Berlin, the setting for the enjoyable sub-“Bourne” Korean action flick “The Berlin File,” is so hot right now. No less than David Bowie has returned to the city in his seemingly dropped-from-the-sky comeback single, “Where Are We Now?” Shortly thereafter came t...

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