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    Review: 'This Ain't California' An Energetic Trip Into '80s German Skateboarding Culture & History

    The title really says it all. Far from Dogtown and Z-boys, the burgeoning west coast punk scene and the empty swimming pools that provided endless possibility, in Germany kids were bolting wheels to pieces of wood and seeing what would happen. And with a wall up separating East from West, a governme...

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    Review - Refreshing, Observational Ugandan Drama 'Imani'

    Review - Refreshing, Observational Ugandan Drama 'Imani'

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    DVD/VOD Review: 'Wonderful World' (Matthew Broderick's Redemption, Courtesy Of Sanaa Lathan)

    DVD/VOD Review: 'Wonderful World' (Matthew Broderick's Redemption, Courtesy Of Sanaa Lathan)

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    Who Is Ben Affleck in Terrence Malick's 'To the Wonder'?

    Like all Terrence Malick's films, To the Wonder is art at its purest. This impressionistic take on a man (Ben Affleck) as he goes through a major relationship with Maria (Olga Kurylenko) and a lesser fling with Jane ( Rachel McAdams), is told almost entirely in voiceover, which blends with poeti...

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    NEW AND NOTABLE FILM BOOKS

    As always, there are more new film books than I have time to digest, but it’s been a while since I posted a survey, so here we go.

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    Review: Terrence Malick's 'To The Wonder' Is A Raw & Heartfelt Film Of Loss And Longing

    For a man not known for being prolific, an eighteen-month gap between Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” (the filmmaker’s first film in five years) and his latest “To the Wonder” (which premiered at the Venice Film Festival last summer) isn’t just unprecedented, it’s positively mind-boggling, espe...

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    DVD/VOD Review - Mahamat Saleh Haroun’s 'Un Homme Qui Crie' ('A Screaming Man')

    As you’re probably aware if you were anywhere near this site earlier in 2010, Mahamat Saleh Haroun’s Un Homme Qui Crie (A Screaming Man) won the Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival that year.

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    Review: Tom Cruise Vehicle 'Oblivion' Is A Mostly Involving, Visually Spectacular Sci-Fi Epic

    Only a few years ago, big sci-fi action spectacles were confined pretty much to the summer months. But now, the season has crept out to the extent that it essentially lasts from the middle of February (see the release of "A Good Day To Die Hard" this year) to... pretty much the rest of the year, wit...

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    Review: Malick Stumbles with 'To The Wonder'

    There are no dinosaurs in Terrence Malick's sixth feature, but there are bison, sea turtles, prairies, toxic sludge, sun-dappled water, more prairies, a conflicted priest (Javier Bardem) and enough pirouetting by Olga Kurylenko to make you imagine that she probably felt dizzy at the end of each day'...

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    Review: '42' Admirably & Carefully Weaves Together The History Of Baseball & Civil Rights

    Destiny swings a big stick in Brian Helgeland's "42." It underlines every pivotal moment of Jackie Robinson's career captured in the two hour film, often working as baggage keeping the film earthbound, at times making it unnecessarily weighty. It's also probably the major reason why a number of main...

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