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    Review: Teens & Superpowers Are A Volatile Mix In Refreshing & Clever 'Chronicle'

    Having superpowers these days seems to be no fun at all. Christian Bale is forever haunted by moral conundrums, death, and pain both physical and emotional in Christopher Nolan's Batman films. Spider-Man's enjoyment of his wall-crawling skills are usually tempered by tears and emotions (emph...

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    Review: 'The Innkeepers' Is Less 'House Of The Devil,' More 'Scooby Doo'

    Ti West has found a formula, and by god, he’s sticking to it. The indie helmer began in the world of micro-budgeted horror, where financial reasons necessitated a slow burn and eventual third act reveal. As his budgets have increased, his approach hasn’t changed, favoring this methodical strategy to...

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    The 3 Rotterdam Film Festival Movies You Must See

    Always regarded for edgy and newish movies that may or may not be validated elsewhere, Rotterdam now has eight venues and, last year, 340,000 admissions. Still, it retains the magic of surprise.

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    Review: "Splinters"; Adam Pesce's Riveting Documentary On Life (And Surfing) In Papua New Guinea, Screening At Cinema Village In NYC (FRI, 2/3/12)

    When I first wrote about director Adam Pesce's Papua New Guniea-set documentary Splinters last year, I hadn't yet seen it.  And despite Pesce's assertion that he "never set out to make a 'surf movie'", that's pretty much what I was expecting when I finally got ...

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    Review: 'Bad Fever' Is An Uncomfortable, Amusing Look At The Life Of An Aspiring Comedian Loner

    We'll laugh at a talented comedian's various musings on pop culture, politics, stupid people, or their shitty life -- but we don't often see this person off the stage working the routine out or even going through those situations which fill the clubs with chortles. Removed from the brick backdrop an...

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    VOD Review: Why Eugene Jarecki's War-On-Drugs Doc 'The House I Live In' Won the Grand Jury Prize

    VOD Review: Why Eugene Jarecki's War-On-Drugs Doc 'The House I Live In' Won the Grand Jury Prize

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    Now and Then: Making Sense of Miranda July

    I am not a Miranda July hater. "Me and You and Everyone We Know" (2005) felt almost painfully fresh to me — I'd never seen anything like it. It had, in offbeat colors and patterns, a preternatural understanding that love and sex vibrate on wavelengths we can't quite see or hear, only sense.

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    Book Review: 'Sherlock Holmes On Screen' Is An Exhaustive And Informative Look at Pop Culture's Greatest Sleuth

    First appearing in 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes eventually featured in four novels and 56 short stories and the legacy of the sleuthing detective is unparalleled, and the devotion of his fans is, to this day, truly remarkable. Holmes has been adapted and appropriated endlessly, eit...

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    SUNDANCE REVIEW: NEXT Winner 'Sleepwalk With Me' is a Showcase for Comedian Mike Birbiglia

    "Sleepwalk With Me" is based on writer-director Mike Birbiglia's one-man show; on those terms, the standup comedian-turned-filmmaker has made a respectable debut. With the help of producer and co-writer Ira Glass (NPR's "This American Life"), Birbiglia chronicles his stru...

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