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    Berlin Fest Review & Prize Round-up: 'A Royal Affair,' 'Tabu,' Thornton's 'Jayne Mansfield's Car'

    Saturday the Berlin Film Festival dispensed its prizes, and the general mood pervading the air was that the docu-style feature “Caesar Must Die” by veteran Italian duo Paolo and Vittorio Taviani was a surprise Golden Bear winner in a weaker than usual Competition year.

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    Review: 'Life's Too Short' Another Comedic Look At Ego, Hubris & Humiliation From Ricky Gervais

    "I heard Ricky Gervais quit Twitter recently because it only has 140 characters. Well that's 139 more characters than he's ever come up with," zings an insulted Johnny Depp in the second episode of "Life's Too Short." And while the gag is hilarious (as is Depp), there...

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    Review: HBO's 'Eastbound & Down' Makes Its Long-Awaited Return With Hilarious, Promising Season 3 Opener

    Kenny “Fucking” Powers is back. Fans of the HBO series can rejoice because “Eastbound & Down” makes its long-awaited return tonight after a brutal 15-month hiatus. The ongoing saga of burnout major league pitcher Kenny Powers (Danny McBride) whose bad behavior forced him into early retirement, the s...

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    Berlinale 2012 Review: Kirsten Sheridan's 'Dollhouse' Is A Dynamic, Delirious But Ultimately Downbeat Social Allegory

    As we all are with films set in cities we know well, this writer is particularly critical of films set, partially or wholly, in Dublin. So it's no mean praise when we state that Kirsten Sheridan's third feature, "Dollhouse," by turns riotous and menacing, is as accurate a portrait of the interaction...

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    Critical Consensus: Shane Danielsen and Andrew Grant Dissect Berlin 2012

    An analysis of this year's Berlin International Film Festival from critics Shane Danielsen and Andrew Grant, who discuss some of ongoing problems with the festival as well as their favorites from the lineup.

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    Berlinale 2012 Review: Melissa Leo Shines In Minutely Observed, Minimalist 'Francine'

    Evoking films like "Winter's Bone" and "Wendy and Lucy" in presenting a sparse, narrowly focused portrait of a lone female protagonist in adverse, not to say desperate circumstances, "Francine" is the kind of small film made for the festival circuit, and for which t...

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    Criticwire Picks: From Football Triumphs to Crime and Kisses, Critics Look at New Releases

    While the first two months of the year may be the critical dumping ground for some of the major studios, it’s a time when many smaller films finally fulfill their year-long path to distribution. As such, reviews published long ago finally manage to reach audiences who can see the films. We looked th...

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    Criticwire at Berlin: Analyzing the Initial Feedback

    Unknown ObjectBerlin may not be over until Sunday, but our Criticwire members in Germany have given us a slight sampling of what might have lasting power through the festival and even into the rest of the year.

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

    This week sees the opening of what are probably two of the lesser known Oscar nominees: Michael R. Roskam's "Bullhead" (nominated for Best Foreign Language Film); and Daniel Lindsay & T.J. Martin's "Undefeated" (nominated for Best Documentary Feature). In addition, tw...

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    Berlinale 2012 Review: 'Bel Ami' Starring Robert Pattinson Fails To Seduce

    From behind, we watch a man in ragged clothes look longingly through the window of a fancy Belle Epoque Parisian restaurant. Inside, richly attired women whisper secrets over brimful glasses of champagne and decadent platters laden with food. Later, the hungry man in his mean garret relives the mome...

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