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    REVIEW | Grief Cycle: Shawn Ku's "Beautiful Boy"

    "Beautiful Boy" tests the extent to which one can wallow in another person's grief before it becomes unbearable. The focused story of two parents dealing with their son's decision to kill several students and then off himself during his freshman year of college, the movie dwells in discomfort. Peeking behind the curtain of a national tragedy, it functions as the cinematic corollary to Gus Van Sant's "Elephant," exploring the ripple effect rather than the cause. Unlike "Elephant," "Beautiful Boy" lingers in familiar dramatic territory, with a limited perspective that borders on the theatrical. The situation is extraordinary, but the fallout tu...

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    movie review: The Hangover, Part II

    Unless moviegoers themselves are willing to shoulder some of the blame, it’s useless to try and figure out why The Hangover Part II is so bad. The film only exists because, after the hilarious 2009 movie broke box-office records for an R-rated comedy, its studio demanded a sequel. And if th...

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    movie review: Kung Fu Panda 2

    It’s tricky to change the thrust—and the tone—of a story in its second installment, but I think the creators of Kung Fu Panda 2 have pulled it off. The first movie was

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    Critical Consensus: "Tree of Life" (Finally!) Arrives In Theaters as the Pick of the Week

    Days after it won the Palme d'Or in Cannes (and, on a lesser note, topped indieWIRE Cannes critics' poll), Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" hits theaters in New York and Los Angeles, followed by a national rollout throughout June. It also becomes our second critic's pick of the week (in a row, n...

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    Small Screens: indieWIRE's Top 4 Releases This Week

    This week two critically acclaimed docs hit DVD, Yves Saint Laurent gets remembered on VOD and David Hyde Pierce plays the perfect host.

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    Cannes '11: Five Lessons From This Year's Festival

    After 12 long days and even more sleepless nights for hundreds of people, the Cannes Film Festival finally came to an end Sunday. As with each year at this massive spectacle of media chaos and cinematic discovery, many moments and images (not to mention movies!) will continue to reverberate.

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    CANNES REVIEW | "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia" is a Mesmerizing Police Procedural

    Editor's note: A version of this review originally ran during the Cannes Film Festival. "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia" opens at Film Forum on Wednesday.

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    Cannes '11 | 28 Cannes Reviews

    Since kicking off last Wednesday with the world premiere of Woody Allen's well received "Midnight in Paris," the 64th Festival de Cannes has churned out one anticipated title after another. indieWIRE's Eric Kohn has been busy on the scene from day one of the event to review a slew of titles. Check o...

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    Bruno Dumont's "Outside Satan" Lacks Inspiration

    Editor's note: A version of this review originally ran during the Cannes Film Festival. "Outside Satan" opens Thursday in limited release.

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