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    LFF Review: Stephen Graham & Mark Strong Impress In Generic But Powerful Cop Thriller 'Blood'

    The history of the British police movie is not a glorious one. Perhaps it's because (for the most part) UK coppers aren't allowed to carry firearms, which somewhat reduces the capacity for squib-happy action sequences. Or maybe it's the lack of glamorous locations for said shootouts, which can hardl...

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    Out This Week: From 'Brooklyn Castle' to 'Tai Chi,' 6 Reviews of New Releases

    This weekly column is intended to provide reviews of nearly every new indie release (and, in certain cases, studio films). Specific release dates and distributor information follow each review.

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    Tyler Perry's 'Alex Cross' Is Everything You Thought It Would Be (Reviews)

    I'm opting out of writing a review of this movie; I have little positive to say about it (well, maybe except for Giancarlo Esposito's few minutes on screen); so instead of doing the expected and beating it up in a critique (trust me, it's too easy), I decided to give you a balanced ...

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    Review: 'Holy Motors' Is Beautiful Madness, Rabid And Resplendent

    Limousine movie sets. Raging erections. The theme from “Godzilla.” Eva Mendes’ armpits. Cross-dressing. Motion-capture cunnilingus. Mystical garages. Monkey marriages. Accordions. Disappointed fathers. Kylie Minogue. Murderous dopplegangers. Comedy. Tragedy. “Holy Motors.”

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    Review: 'Tai Chi Zero' An Uneven, But Playful & Enjoyable Piece Of Kung Fu Pop Art

    Just as the nation as a whole sneaks up on surpassing the United States of America as the world’s foremost superpower (if it hasn’t already), China has become more and more important to the movie world in the last few years. Grosses for the relatively few American movies released there a...

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    Mill Valley Film Fest Highlights: 'Life of Pi,' 'Central Park Five,' 'In Another Country,' 'The Sessions,' 'Strutter,' "Rent-a-Cat,' 'Starlet,' 'Quartet'

    Despite the fact that it’s located less than an hour from my house in Berkeley, I have never actually attended the Mill Valley Film Festival in a serious fashion. But this year the Festival seemed unusually festive. Perhaps this was occasioned by its 35th anniversary. Perhaps because film festivals...

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    Review: Kids Are King In Winning Chess Doc 'Brooklyn Castle'

    It is often said that soccer is the world's game, because all you need is a ball, and anybody -- of any race or class or social standing -- can play. But if there was a close second, chess could arguably fill that slot. All you need is a board and someone to play with and you're good to go, and ther...

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    LFF Review: Strong Performances Carry An Otherwise Pedestrian 'Zaytoun'

    How affected you are by the closing scenes of "Zaytoun" may depend on your pre-existing knowledge of the Lebanese Civil War and the Israeli incursion in the country. Nothing’s spelled out in "Zaytoun" other than pointing out the date and location -- Beirut, 1982 -- but that...

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    Review: 'Brooklyn Castle' (Moving Look At Trials & Triumphs Of A Junior High School's Chess Team)

    Review: 'Brooklyn Castle' (Moving Look At Trials & Triumphs Of A Junior High School's Chess Team)

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    LFF Review: 'My Brother The Devil' A Fresh & Exciting Take On The Familiar Urban Crime Drama

    British urban drama is fast becoming a crowded genre. It seems that every couple of months there’s a movie released depicting issues of drug abuse, violence and poverty in the council estates of one of London’s many recession hit suburbs. Well, in UK cinemas that is. Not many make it out...

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