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    FNC '13 Review: Cannes Winner 'La Jaula De Oro' An Authentic & Unflinching Portrait Of Migration

    A young girl walks into a derelict public bathroom marked “Damas” in someone's handwriting. She looks to herself in the mirror for courage and begins to cut her hair, tape over her breasts and put a baseball cap on. A young boy leaves his aluminum shack of a home with nothing but a backpack. He goes...

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    Review: Genre-Bending 'Forgetting The Girl' Falls Prey To Typical Indie Pop Psychology

    The tyranny of genre is the result of movies falling prey to ad blitzes, where modern day audiences have to be inundated by clear, concise premises in order to be convinced that a movie is worth watching. It seems as if films are being crafted specifically not for the audience, but for the bots at N...

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    Bryan Singer Donates $5 Million For USC's Bryan Singer Division of Critical Studies

    Bryan Singer has donated $5 million to USC's Critical Studies division. What course would he teach? The director has one idea.

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    Review: 'Gravity' Is The Next Best Thing To Actually Being There - The Final Frontier

    In 1977, the underbelly of a huge star destroyer engulfed the screen.

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    Review: In Steve McQueen's '12 Years A Slave' Black Pain Is Hard, Torturous & Visceral

    Review: In Steve McQueen's '12 Years A Slave' Black Pain Is Hard, Torturous & Visceral

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    ANIME REVIEW: "Colorful"

    At a time when sometimes heated discussions rage over the sameness in tone, content and look in American CG features, Colorful serves as a welcome reminder that animation has a unique power to touch deeply felt emotions and tackle serious social problems.

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    Review: Robert Redford's Strangest Role Of His Career, In J.C. Chandor's 'All Is Lost,' Might Be His Best

    Redford's performance defines the movie to an almost shockingly experimental degree.

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    Must-See: German Oscar Entry 'Barbara,' Starring Nina Hoss, One of 2012's Best, Hits DVD and Blu-Ray

    "Barbara," Germany's haunting 2012 Oscar entry, is Christian Petzold's fifth collaboration with luminous actress Nina Hoss. She plays an intrepid East Berlin doctor in 1980 who has been sent to the boonies as punishment for wanting to leave the country. I put the film on my ten best list; so did bot...

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    NYFF Review: Agnieszka Holland's 3-Part HBO Mini-Series 'Burning Bush'

    Political thriller, procedural, emotional drama and rousing cry for basic human rights and values, “Burning Bush” is a deep investigative look at gross abuses of power in late ‘60s communist Czechoslovakia and those that fought against it. A three-part miniseries for HBO Europe (no word yet on a U.S...

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    Review: Juliette Binoche Delivers Commanding Performance In Bruno Dumont's Powerful Crisis of Faith Drama 'Camille Claudel 1915'

    As its name implies, Bruno Dumont's "Camille Claudel 1915" captures a moment in time for the woman in question with tremendous precision. In a incredibly contained performance that ranks among the best of her career, Juliette Binoche portrays a woman trapped by mental and physical constraints alike....

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