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    REVIEW | Cannes Jury Prize-Winner "A Screaming Man" is Divine

    "A Screaming Man," Mahamat-Saleh Haroun's tale of an aging father at war with his son, also invokes the political realities of Chad, a country overrun by civil war. However, the movie delivers its strongest impact when it keeps things simple.

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    Small Screens: indieWIRE's 5 Top Releases This Week

    indieWIRE's Small Screen is now Small Screens, revamped to include new VOD releases. Have suggestions? Email us at editors@indiewire.com.

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    REVIEW | Redford's "The Conspirator" Can't Do the Lincoln Legacy Proud

    Why does the dramatic power of Abraham Lincoln's assassination elude so many filmmakers? No less than D.W. Griffith tried it twice: Both "Birth of a Nation" and "Abraham Lincoln" portrayed the event with decent build-up but very little payoff. A long-gestating adaptation of James L. Swanson's "Manhu...

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    REVIEW | Greta Gerwig Is a Mumblecore Prop in "Arthur"

    Four years ago, Greta Gerwig was everywhere, but only visible to those paying attention. In 2007, Gerwig was the precious lead in Joe Swanberg's microbudgeted comedy "Hannah Takes the Stairs," a film released when Swanberg and several other directors were lumped together into a shakily defined "mumb...

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    movie review: Arthur

    How you react to Arthur will largely depend on your expectations. If you’ve never seen, or heard of, the 1981 movie Arthur you might find the new movie of the same name fairly entertaining. But if you have fond memories of the original, written and directed by Steve Gordon, you’ll kno...

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    REVIEW | Transgender Melancholia in Portuguese "To Die Like a Man"

    Portuguese director João Pedro Rodrigues has carved out a niche in contemporary queer cinema over the past ten years with a trio of confrontational, subversive features. After completing "The Phantom" in 2000, Rodrigues continued his rise with the Cannes Directors Fortnight entry "Two Drifters" in 2...

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    Critical Consensus: "Meek's Cutoff" Tops Strong Week on criticWIRE

    While the overcrowding of last week's crop of debuts resulted in a rather dismal weekend box office, this weekend once again sees a large offering of new specialty films hoping to stop that from being a trend. Opening in limited release is Kelly Reichardt epic indie Western, "Meek's Cutoff," Robert...

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    REVIEW | "Meet Monica Velour" Is Better Than Its Poster, But Not By Much

    The tagline on the poster for "Meet Monica Velour" reads "Fantasy Meets Reality," an announcement made underneath the image of a stone-faced and scantily clad Kim Cattrall leaning her right foot against a stripper pole. It's intended as a splashy encapsulation of the plot, in which horny 17-year-old...

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    Animation: Private Snafu And Bill Plympton

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