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    AFI Fest Review: Audacious 'Clip' Winds Up Overwhelmed By Its Own Despair

    Maja Miloš’s debut feature film “Clip” continues to tour the festival circuit, including stopovers at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, Buenos Aires International Fesitval of Independent Cinema, Montreal’s Festival Du Nouveau Cinema and, most recently, in AFI&...

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    Brody Morelia Diary Day 1: Discovering Mur Oti, Binoche and Ramirez's 'A Coeur Ouvert'

    Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride was calm compared to the one I took from the Berkeley Hills to Oakland – and thence to the San Francisco Airport – once I realized that the e-ticket itinerary I’d printed out that afternoon was not for the Sunday night redeye flight I’d requested, but Saturday night – i.e., thre...

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    AFI Fest Review: Joe Swanberg's 'All the Light in the Sky' Is a Minor Effort in a Minor Key

    Some filmmakers invest in each new movie with a robustness comparable to a band making a full-fledged musical album, but Joe Swanberg's lean, scrappy approach to each project often results in works resembling individual tracks. "All the Light in the Sky" is a B-side in the prolific you...

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    The Two Faces Of Wallander

    Guest column by Alice Maltin: I’ve been lost in the world of Henning Mankell’s 'Wallander' because I’m viewing the British adaptation on TV while simultaneously following the Swedish series on DVD. This is causing some confusion for me. Is that woman the killer or is it the handyman?

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    AFI Mid-Fest Report: On the Red Carpet with 'On the Road' and 'Silver Linings'; 'The Hunt,' 'Hitchcock,' 'Our Children' & 'War Witch' Reviews

    We're in the thick of AFI Fest, with too many films to see and not enough time. TOH's Anne Thompson reviews opening night film "Hitchcock" here, Matt Mueller reviews "Holy Motors," Beth Hanna tackles the devastating Belgian Oscar entry "Our Children," and I checked out "Silver Linings Playbook," "On...

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    Review: 'Miami Connection' Not A Rediscovered Schlock Classic, But Close

    To understand the hyperbole being tossed around when so-bad-it’s-good obsessives talk about “Miami Connection,” it’s vital to acknowledge that the best “bad” movies have a great making-of story. The current reigning champ of the lot remains Tommy Wiseau’s incomparable “The Room” (sorry “Birdemic” fa...

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    Review: 'The Central Park Five' Is An Informative, Infuriating Affirmation Of America's Racial Animus

    This is less of a traditional review, and more of a lament.

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    AFI FEST Review: 'Hitchcock' Sports a Fine Anthony Hopkins Performance, But Does It Downplay Hitch's Genius?

    "Hitchcock" takes place during the legendary production of "Psycho" in 1959, but it never shows a single frame of the movie itself.

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    VOD Review - '1/2 Revolution' (A Gripping Documentation Of The Egyptian Revolution)

    It's not been released on DVD or Blu-ray yet; but it's available on VOD platforms like iTunes, where I learned interested viewers can now both rent it ($4.99 in HD) or buy it ($19.99 also in HD).

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    Weekend Preview: Denzel Washington, Sean Penn, John C. Reilly, Tobey Maguire & More

    Check out the slate of films now in theaters, led by the Denzel Washington vehicle "Flight" from Robert Zemeckis. The crowd-pleaser and its beloved leading man will take you on quite a ride, while Sean Penn's strange Euroflick "This Must Be the Place," Disney's animated charmer "Wreck-It Ralph," RZA...

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