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    Critical Consensus: "Submarine" Leads Strong Batch of Indie Openers (Not To Mention "X-Men")

    After two consecutive weekends of some of Cannes 2011's biggest guns debuting Stateside as essentially the sole specialty options (Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" and Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life"), the indie release calendar gets quite a bit more expansive this weekend. With three releases hailing from last year's Toronto Film Festival and one holdover from Cannes 2010, this Friday sees everything from Richard Ayoade's British coming-of-age comedy "Submarine," Mike Mills' whimsical romantic drama "Beginners," Shawn Ku's take on a high school shooting, "Beautiful Boy," and Cannes 2010's "Film Socialisme," the latest from legendary Fr...

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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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