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    Review: Suicide And Sexual Abuse Abound In Claire Denis' Muddled 'Bastards'

    Claire Denis' films are typically intimate dramas weighted with emotion, which makes it particularly dispiriting that "Bastards," her eleventh feature, contains all of those ingredients without sufficiently making them gel. A muddled revenge drama about family ties and traumatic experiences, the mov...

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    Review: Personality & Buoyant Child Performances Sustain Flawed 'The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete'

    “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete” opens with a compression of plight so packed it might set a record. When we first meet Mister (Skylan Brooks), a 14-year-old boy living with his drug-addled mother (Jennifer Hudson) in a squalid apartment, he's flunked out of eight grade, been denied grocer...

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    FNC '13 Review: Unpredictable Embarrassment Is Both Subject & Style In Eccentric & Wildly Off Centred 'R100'

    Hitoshi Matsumoto has a big reputation among his fellow Japanese peers, and he's considered to be a very, very funny guy. He made his name on television and the country's popular form of comedy known as owarai, playing the boke half of the duo known as “Downtown” with his friend Masatoshi Hamada. No...

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    Review: The Feel-Good 'CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story' Gets An 'A-'

    I definitely listen to more Pebbles than TLC in 2013. The beloved girl group took over my developing years, oversaturated the radio, and wore me the hell out. Plus, I really only love their first two albums, Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip and CrazySexyCool. Still, I was super hype to see VH1 and the ...

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    Review: Marvel's 'Thor: The Dark World,' With Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman & Tom Hiddleston

    The first "Thor" movie was something of a risk for Marvel. Wisecracking Robert Downey Jr. in a (relatively) grounded real world setting was one thing, but a Viking god from space, played by a complete unknown and directed by a man best known for Shakespeare adaptations was quite another. But the 201...

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    'The Last of the Unjust' and 'The Missing Picture' Reconstruct Genocide's History

    A victim of the Khmer Rouge and a Holocaust historian bring the past into the present.

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    New On VOD Review: Sudz Sutherland's 'Home Again' Makes Advocates Out Of Its Audience

    Home Again follows the loosely intersecting stories of three young people deported “home” to Jamaica after having spent most of their lives growing up in other countries. Directed and produced by the husband-and-wife team of Sudz Sutherland and Jennifer Holness, the well-done action drama highligh...

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    Is Portuguese Cinema in Danger?

    With Portuguese films circulating in the world's greatest festivals, Vanessa Erazo wonders if it's the nation's cinema is in danger, or the nation itself.

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    Review: Music-Making Eco-Doc 'Musicwood' (EXCLUSIVE CLIP)

    Sometimes it seems that inside every successful filmmaker there’s an embryonic rock star -- Johnny Depp, David Lynch and producer Thomas Tull (who was behind “It Might Get Loud”) are among Hollywood’s bigger guitar freaks and unlike a lot of guitar freaks elsewhere they can actually afford the merch...

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    Why John Carpenter Is the Most Underrated Filmmaker Of Our Time

    About a decade ago while I was attending the Vancouver International Film Festival, I ended the screening day over beers with a small group of critics. By the end of the evening, we came around to proclaiming John Carpenter the most underrated American filmmaker of our time.

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