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    Review: 'If You Build It' Celebrates Creativity Under Constraint & The Power Of Community

    "Constraint builds ingenuity," declares Matthew Miller in the documentary "If You Build It," with his life and business partner Emily Pilloton quickly quipping, "We're masochists a little bit." And that little exchange perfectly encapsulates the determined spirit of the pair as they bring their fled...

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    This Weekend, Skip Machismo Spectacle 'Hercules' and Head to Indies Galore; 'Her' and 'Lone Survivor' Go Wide

    Academy ballots have been signed, sealed and delivered. What to see over the next few days to quell your anticipation for the Oscar nominations on Wednesday? Indies galore, two robust expansions and a big-budget bomb await your eyeballs in theaters this weekend.

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    The Reel Deal: How 'Los Angeles Plays Itself' and 'The Act of Killing' Find the Truth Through Movies

    Two documentaries explore how we find ourselves through watching movies, and making them.

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    Review: Noir 'Cold Comes The Night,' Starring Alice Eve & Bryan Cranston, Freezes Under A Blizzard Of Self-Seriousness

    Alice Eve is one of those classically trained British actresses (she went to Westminster and Oxford) who, when she showed up in Hollywood, was quickly (and erroneously) labeled the "next big thing" and forced to perform in a series of middling movies where the biggest demand placed upon her was to l...

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    Review: Alexandre Rockwell’s 'Little Feet' Is the First Great Movie of 2014

    Barely an hour long and blatantly made on the cheap, Alexandre Rockwell's "Little Feet" conveys greater emotion and poignancy than most movies released last year; it's also a terrific start to this one.

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    Review: International Cut of Bong Joon-ho's 'Snowpiercer' a Visually Poetic and Badass Sci-Fi Thriller

    I was in Paris for a few days over the winter holidays and made a point of seeking out Bong Joon-ho’s “Snowpiercer,” still playing in a few theaters around the city (read: this is the non-Weinstein cut of the film). The short story is that I’m glad I did: It’s fantastic. But here are some more detai...

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    Visceral, Tough, Apolitical: Mark Wahlberg in 'Lone Survivor'

    With its solid but conventional filmmaking, Lone Survivor looks like one more popcorn–action movie, this time about Navy SEALS on a mission. But as it puts viewers in the center of a fatal fight in Afghanistan, Peter Berg's fact-based story becomes something timely and deeply important.

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    Review: 'The Legend Of Hercules' Is Director Renny Harlin At His Dullest And Most Derivative

    Last year, a pair of movies involving the White House being taken over by terrorists was released into theaters nationwide; one was a fairly cheap B-movie while the other was a sturdier, mainstream affair. This year, we're getting two movies about Hercules, the mythological strongman who was the son...

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    Review: Clichés & Frustration Fill 'The Truth About Emanuel' Starring Jessica Biel & Kaya Scodelario

    There is a widely held stereotype that the Sundance Film Festival is just dour, depressing films—dramas about addiction and family dysfunction and infidelity and incest and on and on—and outside of the occasional “Little Miss Sunshine”-type breakout, the festival wouldn’t really hold much interest f...

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