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    Forget 'Lincoln' and the Civil War: The Dominant Conflict In This Fall's Movies Is the Israeli-Palestinian One

    While deeply reverential toward the dead, "Lincoln" is defined by the celebration of the capacity for salvation from wartime strife. Meanwhile, movies grappling with the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict signal a far more dire situation by analyzing it in real time.

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    Review: 'La Rafle' A Somber, Flat, Occasionally Moving Reminder Of One Of France's Darkest Moments

    If we accept that Holocaust films have become a genre onto themselves, espousing survival against impossible odds or perhaps bravery in the face of organized genocide, a chance to hold on to a shred of humanity when up against deplorable conditions, then it's fair game to discuss the cliches many le...

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    Clunky Title, Terrific Film: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence in 'Silver Linings Playbook'

    David O. Russell is the master of messed-up families, from the incestuous mother-son duo in Spanking the Monkey through the loving fraternal rivalry of The Fighter and even the band-of-brothers military guys in Three Kings. But he has never had a family so superbly cast and played as the one&nb...

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    Criticwire Picks: "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Anna Karenina" Mark Great Week for Literary Adaptations, Plus: Top Fan Grades

    Although their source novels were released thirteen decades apart, both films have fared well with pre-release reviews and festival runs. Also this week: a look at a few documentaries in theaters and on Netflix plus what film has the Criticwire Fan Seal of Approval.

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    Breaking Dawn Part 2 (The Twilight Saga)

    I thought the first 'Twilight' movie was fresh and entertaining, but I haven’t cared about the series since then. The best I can say about this closing chapter, based on the latter part of Stephenie Meyer’s novel, is that it offers “more of the same.” To the series’ fervent fans, that will come as ...

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    Anna Karenina

    I suppose that scholars might dismiss the 1935 MGM production of 'Anna Karenina' starring Greta Garbo as superficial, yet that film lingers in my memory, even though I haven’t seen it in years…whereas I couldn't wait for this new version to end.

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    Review: Heightened Melodrama Carries Overheated 'Festival Of Lights'

    The afterschool special is alive and well in immigration drama “Festival Of Lights,” an amateurish independent film tracking the evolution of one family in their path from Guyana to America, and the roots they leave behind. Forgive a generation of filmmakers, well-intentioned, but unawar...

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    VOD Review: The Paradoxes Of Charlie Sheen Vehicle 'A Glimpse Into the Mind of Charles Swan III'

    The second feature directed by Roman Coppola, "A Glimpse Into the Mind of Charles Swan III" is technically well made, but suffers from the absence of any forceful ideas.

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    Rome Review: Johnnie To's 'Drug War' Is A Gritty, Talky Procedural That Amps Up To A Bruising Climax

    Johnnie To is a prime example of a director whose name means one thing to overseas audiences, and quite another to those in his native Hong Kong. While his home fans know him as a prolific genre-hopping polyglot whose production company Milkyway Image is a force to be reckoned with on the national f...

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    Review: Big-Hearted & Hilarious 'Silver Linings Playbook' A Touchdown From David O. Russell

    Life hasn't been too kind lately for Pat Solitano. He's just been released from a court ordered stint in a mental hospital after severly beating the man he caught cheating with his wife. Diagnosed as bipolar with mood swings, Pat has a difficult journey ahead of him but he's optimistic. With a rally...

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