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    J. Hoberman's First New York Times DVD Column Takes a Shot at... The New York Times

    Lest anyone fear the longtime 'Voice' critic has lost his alt-weekly edge, he uses his review of Tarkovsky's 'Nostalghia' to shoot an arrow at his new employer.

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    Sundance Review: 'Mr. leos caraX' Is a Slick DVD Bonus Feature About the Elusive Filmmaker

    Tessa Louise-Salomé’s “Mr. leos caraX” doesn’t evade the self-congratulatory aspect of exploring an artist at work, but it remains a mesmerizing experience thanks to the appeal of modern cinema's most enigmatic auteur.

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    Sundance Review: Racial Satire Rarely Gets Better Than Justin Simien's Smart, Hilarious 'Dear White People'

    A bonafide satire of the Obama age, writer-director Justin Simien's persistently funny "Dear White People" perceptively skewers virtually every facet of racial confusion in modern American society.

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    Review: Raoul Peck's 'Moloch Tropical' (Filmmaker's Return To Haiti Is Familiar, But Fresh & Captivating)

    Review: Raoul Peck's 'Moloch Tropical' (Filmmaker's Return To Haiti Is Familiar, But Fresh & Captivating)

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    Review: Affecting Drama 'Run And Jump' Starring Will Forte

    There’s acting and then there’s “acting.” The first requires building credible characters and relationships, developing organic conflicts within the framework of a concrete story. The second involves loading up a story with excessive clutter that it drowns out any work of which the actors are capabl...

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    Rewatching the Queer Canon, Part 2: "Summer Storm"

    Some gay coming-of-age films introduce their romantic plot line in subtle ways - a sudden flowering of feeling between old friends, say. Not so the 2004 German film “Summer Storm”

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    Review: 'Enemies Closer' Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme

    Why are action movies ashamed to be action movies? It’s as if one day, Hollywood figured they could teach actors how to kick better than they could teach martial artists how to act, turning a legion of would-be dramatic leading men into shit-kickers. The era of Schwarzenegger, Stallone and Willis is...

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    Sundance Review: Nick Cave Docudrama '20,000 Days On Earth'

    Though he’s never been a superstar, after four decades of making music there is no question that Nick Cave is a legend. Singer, songwriter and occasional composer, Cave has been playing in bands since he was in his teens, from his post-punk group The Birthday Party, to his back-to-basics side projec...

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    Sundance Review: Jerry Sandusky Went to Jail. Then What? Penn State's Future Is Focus of Amir Bar-Lev's 'Happy Valley'

    "Happy Valley" magnifies the impact of Sandusky's downfall on the various members of the Penn State community, aiming less to extend the public narrative than to deepen it.

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