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    Is 'The River' Proof That Found Footage Shows Can't Work?

    While I wouldn't describe "The River," which airs Tuesdays at 9pm on ABC, as a particularly good show -- and its wan ratings indicate that most people feel the same way -- it's a great guilty pleasure thanks to the strange contortions it has to go through to keep up its found-...

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    Review: Hal Hartley’s ‘Meanwhile’ Continues Dogmatic Pursuit Of Philosophical Truths With A Familiar DIY Aesethetic

    ‘90s indie filmmaker Hal Hartley has made 12 feature-length films, but even ask certain-aged cinephiles and they'll only have a limited grasp of who he is and what his peculiar, chatty and philosophically arch lo-fi serio-comedies are actually about. Normally, one could attribute this...

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    What to See, What to Skip: New Reviews this Week

    The biggest new release this week is surely the animated adaption of the the Dr. Seuss environmental allegory "The Lorax." If you're looking for something graphically different, there's the release of the true Australian serial killer story "The Snowtown Murders"; what sounds like Robert De Niro's ...

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    Criticwire Pick: It's a B-/C+ Kind of Weekend

    Every week, we try to highlight a film or two that has been widely praised by members of our Criticwire network. But sometimes there’s just no clear pick. Despite the different releases and production schedules of the films released in theaters this weekend, the consensus from our Criticwire members...

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    Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax—movie review

    Have you noticed that (as often as not) when Hollywood moviemakers stray from their source material they insist on putting the author’s name above the title? To me, this only compounds the offense. No author has suffered more at the hands of Hollywood in recent years than Theodore Geisel, better kno...

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    Review - South African Drama Centered On Poet Ingrid Jonker "Black Butterflies" (Opens This Weekend)

    Dateline: Cape Town, South Africa, under Apartheid, the 1960s. Racial segregation enforced by the National Party government of South Africa, under which the rights of the majority 'non-white' inhabitants of South Africa were curtailed, while minority “white” rule was maintai...

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    Undefeated—movie review

    This year’s Oscar winner for Best Documentary Feature seems almost too good to be true…but that’s what makes it so effective. Directed, photographed and edited by Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin, it profiles a most unusual fellow: a volunteer football coach for a Memphis high school that most people ...

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    Review: 'Being Flynn' With Paul Dano & Robert De Niro Is A Checklist Of Narrative Shortcuts

    What's in a title? There's something both extremely specific and entirely universal about the one for "Another Bullshit Night In Suck City," an autobiographical book from Nick Flynn, suggesting everyday life becoming a Moebius strip of inevitability in the futile search for truth. ...

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    Review: 'Project X' A Wild Party That Can't Sustain The Buzz

    Despite the plodding narrative veering wildly between stagnant humor and maudlin interjections, Todd Phillips’ "Due Date" demonstrates in one scene both the appeal and increasingly mean-spirited worldview that the filmmaker has traded in following the success of "The Hangover." It comes when Robert ...

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    Review: 'The Salt Of Life' Is A Breezy, Charming Comedy About Growing Old

    To be sure, Grampa Simpson would be conflicted with “The Salt of Life.” On the one hand, he’d certainly appreciate that Gianni, the recently retired protagonist of the film, is by no means vibrant or fun loving (even if he is lovable), and he’s clearly a bit resentful and bitter with the natural pas...

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