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    Charming Duplass Comedy 'The Do Deca Pentathlon' Fills In a Gap in the Duplass Oeuvre

    Brothers Mark and Jay Duplass may have gone to the proverbial dark side as studio filmmakers, but "The Do Deca Pentathlon" is a welcome reminder of their origins. Shot after their last low-budget effort, "Baghead," but shelved while the directors worked on the star-studded "...

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    SXSW '12 Review: 'Leave Me Like You Found Me' Should Have Been Called 'Fighting With Your Boyfriend In The Woods'

    The debut feature from Adele Romanski, "Leave Me Like You Found Me" centers on a couple, recently reunited after a year apart, on a romantic camping trip. Cal and Erin are still feeling each other out, careful with each other and tender. This doesn't stop them from declaring their love for each othe...

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    SXSW '12 Review: 'Paul Williams: Still Alive' Is A Wonderfully Weird, Surprisingly Moving Tribute To A Forgotten Musical Icon

    Paul Williams mean to you? Does it ring a bell? No? How about these songs: "Rainbow Connection," "Evergreen," "We've Only Just Begun," "Old Fashioned Love Song"? Williams is the legendary singer-songwriter behind those tunes, and a former '70s superstar and personality, who made appearances on just ...

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    Criticwire Picks: 'The Kid with a Bike' Headlines a Packed Weekend

    Following in the path of "Attenberg" last week, the Dardennes Brothers' "The Kid with a Bike" is the Criticwire Pick of the Week.

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    SXSW '12 Review: 'Shut Up And Play The Hits' Is LCD Soundsystem’s 'The Last Waltz'

    Less of a documentary and more of a document, "Shut Up And Play The Hits" captures the week before, the day after and the very occasion of LCD Soundsystem’s Madison Square Garden farewell concert on April 2, 2011.

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    Review: 'The Kid With The Bike' Rides Into Trouble, Crashes Into A Savior

    All the books on parenting notwithstanding, it's always been pretty simple: kids not only want love, they need it. And in the latest from Jean Pierre and Luc Dardenne that need is amplified into a mellifluous tone of desperation encapsulated in little Cyril (Thomas Doret) the titular 'kid with a bik...

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    Review: Tony Kaye's 'Detachment' Is A Fascinating Mess You Can't Look Away From

    Though it had flown mostly under the radar, cinephiles were pretty thrilled a few weeks ago when the Tribeca Film Festival announced the addition of “Detachment” to its lineup. Not only was the cast top notch but behind the director's chair was British provocateur Tony Kaye, the filmmaker behind the...

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    Critical Consensus: Ben Kenigsberg and Matt Singer Discuss SXSW 2012

    Time Out Chicago film editor Ben Kenigsberg and Criticwire blogger Matt Singer discuss this year's SXSW Film Festival, which continues through the weekend.

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    SXSW '12 Review: Secrets, Revelations & An Unlikely Friendship Emerge In The Compelling 'Starlet'

    Sean Baker’s film “Starlet” wants to play a little trick on you. It’s a fun trick, and you might be more enjoyable figuring it out on your own, but it’s the most important and interesting part of the movie, so it’s hard to talk about its merits without giving it away. In fact, the main crux of the f...

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    SXSW '12 Review: Pascal Laugier's 'The Tall Man' An Unfocused & Silly Horror Tale

    A few years ago there was a sort of mini-horror movie renaissance in France, with a bunch of talented young directors paying homage to their favorite American horror films the only way they knew how – by making them incredibly French. Under the stewardship of older French genre provocateurs (l...

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