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    film review: HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART ONE

    In the old days of Saturday matinee serials, audiences faced with cliffhanger endings took comfort in knowing that the story would be resumed one week later. The same can’t be said for the latest Harry Potter picture, which offers much incident but no resolution: for that, we all have to wait until next year. If you’re a dedicated Potter fan, you’ll have to take what you can from this one—mainly, the pleasure of spending time with its leading characters and the young actors who play them. Following J.K. Rowling’s narrative, there are no scenes at Hogwarts’ Academy. This denies us the opportunity to revel...

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    Big Screen | This Week's Top 5: IDFA, Claire Denis, "Made in Dagenham" and More

    Each week here at indieWIRE, five recommendations for theatrical viewing pleasure are being offered up, tackling everything from new releases, to film festivals, to curated series, and events around North America. This week, a doc fest giant, Claire Denis and "Harry Potter" are among those making up...

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    REVIEW | Root for the Cause, Not the Product: "Made in Dagenham"

    The best scenes of "Made in Dagenham" run alongside the end credits. After two hours of a fictionalized take on the 1968 Ford machinists strike, when British women lashed out at the company's unequal payment policies, the real survivors of the protest get a chance to speak up. Recalling their decisi...

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    Small Screen: "The Kids," The "Worst Movie," The Little Tramp, and More

    This week's top five on the small screen spans America's favorite lesbian couple, Annette Benning and Julianne Moore, a look at the making of "Troll 2," and more. TCM's "Moguls and Movie Stars" returns with a look at the years following the advent of sound films.

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    REVIEW | Running Scared: Claire Denis's "White Material"

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This review originally ran as part of indieWIRE's coverage of the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.

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    film review: Tiny Furniture

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    book reviews: New And Notable Film Books

    Once again, the continuing parade of film books has outpaced my ability to read and properly review them, so it’s time for a survey of recent titles. These are summaries based on skimming and not meant to be full-fledged critiques. I’m also motivated by helping to promote worthwhile b...

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    Big Screen | This Week's Top 5: "Tiny Furniture," Ondi Timoner & Festivals Around The World

    Each week here at indieWIRE, five recommendations for theatrical viewing pleasure are being offered up, tackling everything from new releases, to film festivals, to curated series, and events around North America. This week, make up those five best bets:

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    Small Screen | Top 5 Include Von Trier, Scott Pilgrim, Basquiat...and Conan!

    Your televisions, laptops, desktops, iPads, and other small screens should all brace themselves for a busy week. Just missing indieWIRE's top five this week are an Elia Kazan box set and a 25th anniversary collector's edition collection of the "Golden Girls," which includes a quite fancy handbag ca...

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    REVIEW | Blossoming "Furniture": Lena Dunham Entertaining Self-Portrait

    On a purely creative level, a movie generally should be absorbed without foreknowledge of its back story, but Lena Dunham's "Tiny Furniture" is defined by it. Dunham's lightly entertaining self-portrait, in which the director plays a version of herself wandering around New York City in post-graduate...

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