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    Review - Vivian Ducat's "All Me: The Life And Times Of Winfred Rembert"

    S&A readers in the Salem, MA area are in for a treat tonight, when the Vivian Ducat-directed documentary All Me: The Life and Times Of Winfred Rembert screens at The Peabody Essex Museum @ 7PM, as part of the Salem Film Fest.

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    SIMON SAYS: SNOWTOWN MURDERS and a Guided Tour Through Serial Killer Movies

    The Snowtown Murders comes out in theaters this week. Based loosely on a series of real-life murders that took place in Snowtown, Australia, the film serves as a great reminder of why serial killers in particular are interesting: they’re pathologically disturbed.

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    Being Flynn: Yes, De Niro's Still Great

    Being Flynn is a perfectly good title for a film about an aimless young man who works in a Boston homeless shelter, where his long-vanished father turns up one night. But the memoir it is based on has a GREAT title: Another Bullshit Night in Suck City. Despite that loss,  the acerbic, thou...

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    Review: 'Last Days Here' An Unsettling, Compelling Look At An Aged Rocker's Final Shot At Stardom

    The subject of "Last Days Here" is an indisputable drug addict, body warped and brain fried by incalculable amounts of crack and heroin. During the opening moments (an excellent sequence which sets up a great deal without feeling at all expository) the man reveals a few fancy shirts he had stored aw...

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    Review: 'Family Affair' Is A Haunting Interrogation Into The Dissolution of A Family & A Portrait of Abuse Victims You Won’t Soon Forget

    A single shot was all it took to alter the course of one family mired in a quicksand of abuse and psychological manipulation. “Family Affair” begins with this one shot, an explosion of energy, an unconscious cry for help, the catalyst for upheaval. The film, directed by Chico David Colvard, is an ex...

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    Review: 'The Snowtown Murders' An Uneven But Still Mesmerizing & Disturbing Serial Killer Thriller

    Both naturally thrilling and grotesquely over-the-top, the feature length debut by Justin Kurzel is certainly unforgettable and at times unnervingly mesmerizing. Based on the true story of Australia's "Body In Barrels" murders, "Snowtown" is structured much like "Animal Kingdom," using an adolescent...

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    Critical Consensus: Jamsheed Akrami and Godfrey Cheshire Discuss Jafar Panahi's 'This Is Not A Film'

    Critical Consensus: Jamsheed Akrami and Godfrey Cheshire Discuss Jafar Panahi's 'This Is Not A Film'

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    Review: 'The Lorax' Is Cute But Weighed Down By Its Faithfulness To The Source Material

    Adapting a children's book, especially one as beloved (and brief) as Dr. Seuss' gentle eco-fable "The Lorax," is an unenviable task. There's a sliver of narrative that must be expanded, padded, and teased out, while an attempt must be made to maintain all of the things that people love about Dr. Seu...

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    Review: 'Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie' Is An Absurdist Blast

    The comedy style that Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim have perfected over five years on their completely bizarre Cartoon Network sketch comedy series "Tim and Eric, Awesome Show Great Job!" goes something like this: they dress up in funny outfits, get a bunch of celebrities (including Ben Stiller, J...

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    France Gets Its Politics On: 6 Must-See Titles from the Rendez-vous with French Cinema series

    In an election year, the 2012 Rendez-vous with French Cinema is largely about politics past and present. “Farewell my Queen” offers a “downstairs” view of the French Revolution through the eyes of a servant at Versailles, while “Free Men” reveals how the Muslim community in Paris worked with the Res...

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