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    How 'The Purge,' Opening the Stanley Film Festival, Reminds Us Why We Love Horror Movies

    The Stanley Hotel might not harbor ghosts in the traditional sense, but the empty hallways and surrounding desolation of this remote chunk of wooden real estate adjacent to Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, Colorado suggest the sort of phantom presence that active imaginations tend to crea...

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    Review: Olivier Assayas’ ‘Something In The Air’ A Gorgeous Autobiography Marred By Underdeveloped Characters

    He’s been something of a critical favorite for a while now, but after making the hugely acclaimed “Summer Hours” and the TV miniseries/theatrical marathon “Carlos” within a few years of each other, French filmmaker Olivier Assayas has firmly cemented himself as one of the more exciting directors in ...

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    Well-Forged: Iron Man 3

    Sequels are a tricky business. I thought "Iron Man 2" squandered much of the good will the original 2008 film, and its oddly inspired casting of Robert Downey, Jr., engendered.

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    Sugar And Spice: Love Is All You Need

    I’m a huge fan of Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier, who has given us "Brothers," "After the Wedding," and the Oscar-winning "In A Better World."

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    Netflix Picks: 'Black Butterfly' Deals w/ Rape of Aspiring Olympic Swimmer

    Netflix Picks: 'Black Butterfly' Deals w/ Rape of Aspiring Olympic Swimmer

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    Tribeca Review: ‘Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia’ Is A Forgettable Film About An Unforgettable Figure

    Gore Vidal is fascinating. Whether you agree with his politics or you enjoy is witty brand of snark or neither, he led an incredible and prolific life – one that could encompass multiple documentaries and this ultimately becomes the pitfall of “Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia” as it tries t...

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    Review: 'Dead Man's Burden' Is A Stunningly Shot, Slow Burner Of A Classic, Yet Modern Western

    One of the most cinematically gorgeous independent films in a long time, “Dead Man’s Burden” (along with fellow 2012 indie “Beasts of the Southern Wild," shot on Super 16) truly makes the case for celluloid. While watching this meditative Western, one simply wants to drink in the beauty of the image...

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    Review: 'What Maisie Knew' Is Deeply Affecting, Hard To Watch

    It’s often an easy way to handicap your film, by centering it on a child character and demanding a great deal from the young actor. By definition, children are not fully-formed people, but a character in a film must be either fully-formed to yield proper dramatic results, or so uniquely authentic th...

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    Critical Consensus: Wesley Morris and Dana Stevens Debate Why We Should Care About 'Iron Man 3'

    Critical Consensus is a biweekly feature in which two critics from Indiewire’s Criticwire Network discuss new releases with Indiewire’s chief film critic, Eric Kohn. In this edition, Grantland's Wesley Morris and Slate's Dana Stevens grapple with "Iron Man 3" and its relevance in film culture.

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    Review: 'Kiss Of The Damned' Is An Intoxicatingly Lusty Homage To Old School Horror

    Xan Cassavetes, the daughter of John Cassavetes and the director of the wonderful film world documentary "Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession," wrote and directed "Kiss of the Damned" with a wink and a nod so overt that, from the opening credit sequence, which closely mimics the similarly-titled Hamm...

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