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    L.A. Film Fest Review: 'Sister' Is A Beautifully Bleak Coming Of Age Story

    A young child is dressing in a bathroom stall. We can’t tell what he looks like, as he layers on shapeless winter clothing and a neoprene mask hides all discernible features save for a pair of bright, knowing eyes. He goes through the pre-ski ritual, bundling up before braving the windy, snowy lands...

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    Review: 'Kumaré' A Morally Questionable Docu-Comedy About Expensive Yoga Gurus

    Sick of spiritualists charging an arm and a leg just to spout incredibly vague musings designed to help you? Think they're all a bunch of scammers taking advantage of those who actually need real assistance? If so, you're in luck, because Vikram Gandhi is on your wavelength. This filmmaker has made ...

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    Review: Controversial & Upsetting 'Compliance' Is Still Affecting & Real

    If there’s a thin line between presenting unpleasant material to an audience and openly antagonizing them with it, there are going to be a lot of people accusing “Compliance” of the latter, when really what it’s doing is the former. Craig Zobel, the promising writer-director who made “Great World of...

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    OBIT: Pioneer Film Critic Andrew Sarris is Dead at 83; He Changed How We See Movies

    The great critic Andrew Sarris, who wrote for The Village Voice and more recently, The New York Observer, is dead at age 83. According to his wife Molly Haskell in The NYTimes, he died from an infection after a fall. My best wishes go to Haskell ("From Reverence to Rape"), who was as erudite and pas...

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    L.A. Film Fest Review: 'Girls' Star Alex Karpovsky's 'Red Flag' Is A Hilarious Meta Dark Comedy That Showcases Some Promising Talent

    Watching “Red Flag” at a film festival is a delightfully meta affair. In fact, the whole film is delightfully meta, a darkly funny autobiographical road movie from "Girls" and "Tiny Furniture" star Alex Karpovsky. Yes, he's not just one of Dunham's boys on the hit HBO show, he's also a promising fil...

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    L.A. Film Fest Review: 'Juan Of The Dead' Is A Uniquely Cuban Take On The Zom Com & A Hell Of A Good Time

    “Juan of the Dead,” Cuba’s first zombie movie, has garnered attention just for its mere existence -- a zom-com shot on location in Havana! What a new and exciting cinematic oddity! Despite, and because of its exotic origins, “Juan of the Dead” lives up to the hype, more than delivering the goods as ...

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    Early Review Roundup: 'The Amazing Spider-Man' Soars on Teenage Emotion, Aimed at Women?

    The Guardian and the Telegraph published first reviews for "The Amazing Spider Man" today, both generally positive and citing the film's unusual amount of emotional appeal, largely due to the the cute-hot chemistry between leads Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. Excerpts and links below.

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    5 Must-See Films at BAMcinemaFest 2012

    Now in its fourth year, the Brooklyn Academy of Music's BAMcinemaFest stands out as one of the few growing festivals not held down by a need to program world premieres. Like fellow New York summer screening series Rooftop Films, BAMcinemaFest mainly programs recent American indies that were already ...

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    LAFF Mid-Fest Report: Reviews, Exclusive Clips and Ursula Meier Talks Oscar-Worthy 'Sister' (VIDEO)

    Halfway through Film Independent's LA Film Fest, we've sampled a spectrum of films, among them a gala premiere ("Seeking a Friend for the End of the World"), an indie debut ("Pincus"), indie gems ("Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Gimme the Loot"), a foreign stunner ("Sister") and powerful docs ("The ...

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    Immersed in Movies: Turbulent Behind-the-Scenes Yields Pixar's 'Brave' New Scottish World

    "Brave" is far from the disappointment expressed in some early reviews. It's not only the much ballyhooed breakthrough as Pixar's first female-centric movie but also the most lush-looking work yet from the animation powerhouse. It's a powerful mother-daughter crucible set in medieval Scotland but wi...

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