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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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    'Being Flynn' Makes a Case For Reading the Book First

    At times, "Being Flynn" is a gorgeous, compelling adaptation of Nick Flynn's gritty memoir, "Another Bullshit Night in Suck City." However, it constantly strains from attempting to do justice to its source. Flynn's experience with his deadbeat dad, a struggling alcoholic ...

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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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