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    Marrakech Review: The Thoughtful, Artful, Award-Winning 'Ida,' From Director Pawel Pawlikowski

    From the opening moments of “Ida,” the Polish film from director Pawel Pawlikowski—that plays in competition at the Marrakech Film Festival, but is already trailing awards from TIFF (FIPRESCI critics award) and Warsaw (Grand Prix), having also elicited a rave from our own Oli Lyttelton when he saw i...

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    Review: Old-Fashioned, Deeply Unadventurous 'Night Train To Lisbon' Starring Jeremy Irons, Melanie Laurent & More

    In the very finest tradition of Euro-pudding, director Bille August's "Night Train To Lisbon" adapts an international bestselling book, takes place against the picturesque backdrop of a European capital, is half-told in flashback through a turbulent and dramatic period of history, and stacks the cas...

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    First Reviews for 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' Hail a Big Improvement

    Initial notices for the sequel to 'An Unexpected Journey' say it's far superior to its little-loved predecessor.

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    Review: Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’ Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen & More

    If the “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” was a bloated 2 hour and 49 minute slog, replete with dull merriment, songs and a distended prologue that threatened to put you to sleep, then in contrast, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is a brisk, engagingly paced 2 hours and 41 minutes which goes ...

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    Review: Thy Womb (Sinapupunan)

    Note: 'Thy Womb' is the Philippines' hopefully entry for the Golden Globe Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. U.S. : None Yet. International Sales Agent: Solar Entertainment Corporation

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    Critic's Picks: The Top 10 Undistributed Films of 2013 According to Indiewire's Film Critic

    Even the most passionate moviegoer is a slave to the marketplace. These 10 titles that arrived at festivals this year do not have U.S. distribution, but should.

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    'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' a Thrilling Middle Episode of Middle-Earth (REVIEW AND ROUNDUP)

    Peter Jackson continues his lighter, more swashbuckling tone with the second Hobbit movie, "The Desolation of Smaug," which serves as a bridge to the much darker and apocalyptic "The Lord of the Rings."

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    Review: Aussie Thriller 'Swerve' Starring Jason Clarke Shift Gears, But Never Excites

    "10 minutes won't change my life," Colin (David Lyons) quips at a juncture during "Swerve," and of course, those words are soon prophetic. The Aussie thriller written and directed by Craig Lahiff is set in a small outback town called Neverest (get it?) for a reason: over the next 86 minutes, there w...

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