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    Review: French Thriller 'The Assault' Presents Propulsive Action, But Little Humanity

    Civic duty comes into play with Julien Leclercq's "The Assault", the new French actioner opening this week. Filmmaking is not a hobby, nor is it broad labor, and one has a responsibility to the truth, both superficially and subtextually. To damn "The Assault" with the accusat...

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    In the Oscar-Nominated 'God is the Bigger Elvis,' a Starlet Trades In Her Fame for a Habit

    Dolores Hart was an actress whose career was on the rise and who was engaged to marry an adoring fiance when she chose to enter the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Connecticut and begin an existence as a Benedictine nun. Directed by Rebecca Cammisa (of 2009's "Which Way Home"), th...

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    The Top 5 Criticwire Recommendations from ND/NF 2012

    If there’s one thing that New Directors/New Films had trouble doing this year, it was generating a consensus. Out of the films that screened as part of this year’s festival, 12 received both A's and F's from critics who attended screenings at the MoMA/Film Society of Lincoln Center series, which con...

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    Review: Guy Maddin's 'Keyhole' Beautiful And Brassy...But Frustratingly Sealed

    Let us pause, then, to contemplate the fate and fortunes of the director who does not have his or her eye set on the five-picture deal, the glossy franchise, the production wing in the bungalow offices of some major studio; what becomes of the director who only wants to make art and make it well? Ca...

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    Criticwire Picks: Stillman's 'Damsels in Distress' Mostly Worth the Wait

    Fourteen years after "The Last Days of Disco," Whit Stillman has a movie in theaters again. And critics generally like it. With a "B" average from Indiewire's Criticwire Network, "Damsels in Distress" is this week’s Criticwire Pick of the Week.

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    Review: The (Mostly) Delightful 'Damsels In Distress' A Welcome Return By Whit Stillman

    From the moment the Sony Pictures Classics logo pops up not in the usual blue -- but in cupcake frosting pink -- you know that Whit Stillman's first film in 13 years (!) is going to be something special. While word from Venice -- where the film closed the festival before heading to TIFF -- was good,...

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    Breaking the Silence, Sort Of: Whit Stillman's DAMSELS IN DISTRESS

    Wherefore art thou, O Whit Stillman? Though never exactly a blur in motion, the minor auteur managed to generate three hyper-stylized, hyper-talky meditations on manners, morality and money throughout the ‘90s—the last of which, "Last Days of Disco," proved his best known and arguably finest.

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    'The Killing' Season Two Premiere 'Reflections' is About Secrets; Early Reviews

    AMC's "The Killing" Season Two, which follows the trajectory of the acclaimed Danish series, is up against horrific competition on Sunday nights. In the season premiere, executive producer Veena Sud and director Agnieszka Holland throw us right back into the maelstrom where we were left hanging at t...

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    Trailer Watch: Magnolia's 'Bel Ami' - Pattinson Seduces & The Women Swoon (Video)

    Magnolia Pictures will release Robert Pattinson's "Bel Ami" in the US on June 8, with Sony Pictures handling all other US media. The film, directed by Declan Donnellan, is already in UK theaters.

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    Review: 'Detention' Is Like A Narrative, Peyote-Fueled Manga Adaptation Of 'I Love The 90s'

    What kind of movie is “Detention?” In this film, a young actor named Parker Bagley plays Billy Nolan, a high school jock who hides the truth from friends and enemies about his own half-fly DNA. He vomits acid and springs wings at inopportune moments after spending a large portion of his childhood tr...

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