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    Review: Fernando Meirelles' International Love Story '360' May Leave His Fans Heartbroken

    In a photo studio in Vienna, a sleazy photographer (Johannes Krisch) is coaxing a young Slovakian woman, Mirkha (Lucia Siposová), into posing for her first nude pictures. We soon find out this man is also a pimp, and the pictures are for luring clients on the internet. Her younger sister Anna...

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    Review: 'Gerhard Richter Painting' An Uneven Portrait Of Process & Fame

    If one were to compare Corinna Belz's "Gerhard Richter Painting" to music documentaries, it would fall somewhere between Sam Jones' "I Am Trying To Break Your Heart" and Grant Gee's "Meeting People Is Easy." Eschewing the standard biographical framework, the film instead offers up a slice-of-life lo...

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    Review: Danny Boyle's Witty, Subversive & Spectacular Opening Ceremony For London 2012 Olympics Was A Triumph

    We're not known for our love of sporting events here at The Playlist, but ever since it was announced that Danny Boyle would be the man in charge of the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics (following in the footsteps of "Hero" director Zhang Yimou, who shepherded the Beijing events), we've ...

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    Dark Horse-movie review

    Todd Solondz is the master of suburban angst, but for me his films run hot and cold. When he’s hot, as in the recent 'Life During Wartime', he has an uncanny ability to find both absurdist comedy and poignant drama in the vicissitudes of everyday characters.

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    Weekly Wrap: Venice and Toronto Announcements, 'Dark Knight Rises' Aftermath, Best Foreign Films of All Time & More

    This week on TOH, we announced the much-anticipated lineups of the Toronto and Venice film festivals, looked at the opening weekend of "The Dark Knight Rises" and finally heard Michael Moore's take on the horrific Aurora shootings, conducted two Best Foreign Film polls and more.

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    Fantasia '12 Review: 'Toad Road' A Captivating Micro-Budget Horror Film

    Screwing with genre in a similar way that micro-budget relative Aaron Katz does, Jason Banker's "Toad Road" is an off-putting horror tale that abstains from the easy routes its kin generally take. We're first introduced to James (James Davidson) as he awakens in a niveous woodland, isolated and curi...

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    Step Up Revolution—movie review

    Skeptics beware: I’m about to recommend a musical not only for its energy and imagination but its use of 3-D. Like its little-seen predecessor ('Step Up 3-D'), 'Step Up Revolution' won’t win any screenwriting awards, but it’s a perfect summertime refresher.

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    The Watch—movie review

    'The Watch' is the cinematic equivalent of a bag of pork rinds: wholly unappealing to some people and catnip to others.

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    Review: 'Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry' Charts The Rise Of A Multimedia Artist

    If you were not familiar with the multimedia artist Ai Weiwei, the title of the new documentary “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” would almost seem like a countercultural taunt, perhaps with a hip-hop undercurrent. The reference is apt in regards to his art, which is at turns edgy agitprop and charmingly che...

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    Review: ‘The Watch’ Is A Lifeless Sci-Fi Comedy With Moments Of Spirited Improv

    From the outside, 20th Century Fox's comedy "The Watch" seems to have its cup runneth over with the talent at its disposal. The film stars the quartet of Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and celebrated British director/writer/comedian Richard Ayoade (director of “Submarine”). It's directed by A...

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