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    REVIEW | A Gay Dad and a Mid-Life Crisis: Mike Mills's "Beginners"

    The delicate blend of playful drama in "Beginners," the second narrative feature by California-based filmmaker and graphic designer Mike Mills ("Thumbsucker"), is a small wonder to behold. Mills fashions the set-up for an overwrought, thoroughly depressing character study into an oddly charming come...

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    REVIEW | "Submarine" Does "Bridesmaids" One Better, With Style to Spare

    In "Submarine," the directorial debut of British comedian Richard Ayoade, newcomer Craig Roberts turns intense discomfort into fine art. Playing the 15-year-old Oliver Tate, Roberts holds his deer-caught-in-headlights stare from start to finish. Equally intent on landing a girlfriend and saving his ...

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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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