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    REVIEW | Guns a-Blazing, "Machine Gun Preacher" Repeatedly Shoots Itself in the Foot

    "African Rambo" are the two words that best summarize Marc Forster's "Machine Gun Preacher," but they would actually make a better title. They're spoken by a clueless hillbilly archetype to describe the emotionally charged Sam Childers (Gerard Butler), the real-life junkie-turned-pastor whose newfou...

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    Critical Consensus: Gay Romance "Weekend" Is The Critics' Pick For This Weekend

    Coming off an acclaimed run on the festival circuit, Andrew Haigh's gay romance "Weekend" opens in New York this weekend (followed by a national rollout in the coming weeks) and it's the pick of the week, according to the folks polled on criticWIRE.

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    REVIEW | A Non-Linear Labyrinth: Cam Archer's "Shit Year"

    Ellen Barkin puts on a bold, candid performance in Cam Archer's "Shit Year," but the enigmatic movie is composed of too many fragments to sustain her efforts. An experimental account of fictional actress Colleen West, this obsessively non-linear character snapshot never settles down and consequently...

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    REVIEW | Gay Romance "Weekend" Deserves Its Breakout Status

    Writer-director Andrew Haigh's British drama "Weekend" depicts a fleeting romantic encounter with delicacy and philosophical depth, but its chief appeal is simplicity. Revolving around a brief affair between two young men with vastly different perspectives on life, the film operates on a familiar dy...

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    Joseph Gordon-Levitt on RECollection: Volume 1: "This is the first time that I’ve made something."

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt doesn't seem like he's running a collaborative multimedia studio.

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    Steve McQueen's "Shame" Tops indieWIRE's Poll of Toronto Critics

    The Toronto International Film Festival has wrapped up its 2011 edition, and indieWIRE has entered hundreds of critics grades from 25 folks on the scene in Toronto to our criticWIRE section. Of the 300+ films screening at the festival, Steve McQueen's "Shame" had the highest average. It joined three...

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    REVIEW | "Moneyball" Leaves the Math On the Bench and Hits a Triple

    "Moneyball," the long-gestating adaptation of Michael Lewis' non-fiction tome about Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's attempt to construct a winning team with mathematical trickery, demonstrates an awareness of the challenging material from the outset. How do you m...

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    REVIEW | Joe Swanberg's "Art History" is Less Cassavetes, More Kevin Smith

    When Joe Swanberg and other "mumblecore" filmmakers began making waves on the festival circuit a few years ago, many considered John Cassavetes to be the progenitor of their seemingly lackadaisical improvisatory style. However, Swanberg's alternately blithe, probing and naive approach to sexuality o...

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    Toronto Critic's Notebook | Coppola's "Twixt" Offers a Metaphor for the Disappointment of TIFF 2011

    To understand the sprawling and messy entity known as the Toronto International Film Festival in its 36th year, look no further than Francis Ford Coppola.

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    Everything You Would Ever Want to Know About Toronto 2011

    This year's massive edition of the Toronto International Film Festival came to a close this weekend with Nadine Labaki’s surprise audience award win for "Where Do We Go Now?." Her drama was just one of over 200 films that screened over the course of the 11-day event.

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