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    Marrakech Fest Review: Dark, Stylised 'The Gambler' From New Director Ignas Jonynas

    A feature debut (we’re not counting the portmanteau “Yolki,” co-directed with Timur Bekmambetov, among others) so self-assured as to really only ever be marred by show-offiness, Latvian/Lithuanian co-production "The Gambler," which plays in competition at the Marrakech Film Festival, marks director ...

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    Review: 'The Punk Singer' A Passionate Portrait Of Bikini Kill Singer & Riot Grrrl Founder Kathleen Hanna

    1991 was the year punk broke, hurtling Sonic Youth, Nirvana and their contemporaries into the mainstream, but unless you were plugged into the still-vibrant underground—going to house shows, basement gigs or concerts in unlikely venues like bowling alleys—you likely didn't know about Bikini Kill. Th...

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    Review: ‘Cousin Jules’ A Beautifully Restored, Innovative Portrait Of Country Life

    Taking five years to shoot and forty years to get across the Atlantic, Dominique Benicheti’s “Cousin Jules” is a stunning living portrait of the director’s country cousin Jules and his wife Felicie. Having originally premiered in 1972, spending some time on the festival circuit (picking up a few awa...

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    ADIFF 2013 Review: 'Alice Walker, ‘Beauty In Truth’ (Gala Screening TONIGHT - NY Premiere)

    ADIFF 2013 Review: 'Alice Walker, ‘Beauty In Truth’ (Gala Screening TONIGHT - NY Premiere)

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    Review: Chen Kaige's Internet Drama 'Caught In The Web'

    There have been scads of books and movies and essays written about truly knowing and understanding people in the modern world, walking a mile in their shoes, etc. Chen Kaige, the critically acclaimed director of "Farewell My Concubine," weighs in on this topic in the gaudy melodrama "Caught In The W...

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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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