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    'The Patience Stone': An Afghan Woman With Global Impact

    The Patience Stone is an exceptional, eloquent film with a richly specific setting and global resonance. Directed by Atiq Rahimi, it is the story of an Afghan woman in a war-torn village, keeping watch over her once-belligerent, now comatose husband. The plot turns on a question that gets to the...

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    Locarno Film Festival Review: 'The Strange Color Your Body's Tears,' From the Directors of 'Amer,' Is An Uneasy Assault On the Senses

    A loud, visually assaultive assemblage of genre tropes as technically accomplished as it is difficult to watch, "The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears" has plenty to impress while simultaneously offering so little. The movie depicts the Kafkaesque experiences of a baffled man seemingly trapped in h...

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    'Breaking Bad' Premiere Review and Roundup: 'Blood Money' Kicks Off Fast-Paced Countdown to the End, Breaks Show Ratings Record

    With eight episodes left, "Blood Money," the final season premiere of AMC's "Breaking Bad," moves faster than entire seasons of this brilliant series. Some huge developments unfold along the way, including a scene fans have been waiting for since the first episode.

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    Review: 'Austenland' Starring Keri Russell, Bret McKenzie & Jennifer Coolidge

    Jane Austen has provided as fertile a ground for adaptation as nearly any author in the last century. From her most beloved works (“Pride & Prejudice” and “Sense and Sensibility") to more modern interpretations (“Clueless,” “Bridget Jones's Diary”), her work has inspired countless filmmakers to try ...

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    DVD: Julianne Moore, Steve Coogan in the Exquisite 'What Maisie Knew'

    If they hadn't kept the title, you might not guess that Scott McGehee and David Siegel's What Maisie Knew was based on Henry James' novel -- and that's high praise for this contemporary, Manhattan-set variation, with Julianne Moore as a rock singer and Steve Coogan as an art dealer. A lovely exa...

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    Review: 'Breaking Bad' Season Premiere Promises All Bad Things Must Come To An End

    Tonight "Breaking Bad" returned for the first of its final eight episodes which will bring the highly acclaimed series to its conclusion. Though the show has been on hiatus since last September, if you're like me, you've spent the last couple of weeks re-immersing yourself in the show, revisiting th...

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    'Breaking Bad' Watch: 'Blood Money'

    Tempers flare and bills come due in the first of the show's final eight-episode run.

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    Locarno Film Festival Review: Joanna Hogg's 'Exhibition' Suggests Michael Haneke By Way of Miranda July

    Joanna Hogg's "Exhibition" closes with a dedication to architect James Melvin, an appropriate coda whether or not viewers recognize the name. Hogg's third feature magnifies the relationship between people and the spaces they live in with a keen eye for the way the two tend to blend together. At its ...

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    Locarno Film Festival Review: Filled With Heavy Drinking and Soul-Searching, Hong Sang-soo's Bittersweet Dramedy 'Our Sunhi' Is an Ideal Entry Point to the Director's Work

    There are many variations on the Hong formula. In the past five years, he has completed eight features, including two that have premiered this year alone: Following the Berlin Film Festival entry "Nobody's Daughter Haewon," Hong has unveiled "Our Sunhi," his most enjoyable work since "In Another Cou...

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    Locarno Film Festival Review: Free Love Commune Chatter and Heavy Metal Define Ben Rivers and Ben Russell's Lyrically High-Minded 'A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness'

    There's nothing remotely like a story in "A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness," experimental directors Ben Rivers and Ben Russell's patient, lyrical three-act look at a quiet man's journey through three different phases in life, but it's littered with big ideas. Rivers and Russell have toured together ...

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