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    iW Review | An Urban Mystery: Banksy's "Exit Through the Gift Shop"

    From the moment elusive street artist Banksy appears on camera in "Exit Through the Gift Shop," something seems fishy. With his face obscured by shadows and his real voice rendered unrecognizable by mechanical distortion, Banksy remains the mysterious figure he has always been. In "Exit," the contex...

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    Big Screen | Anti-Date Movie "Everyone Else" Opens To Raves

    "If there’s one movie this spring that you shouldn’t see with a date, it’s 'Everyone Else,'" Anthony Lane wrote this week in his New Yorker review of the new film, "unless you are looking for a quick, low-budget way to break up." While that may be the case with Maren Ade's meticulously observed dep...

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    REVIEW | Film Noir Footwork: Nash Edgerton's "The Square"

    The title of Nash Edgerton's "The Square" could easily refer to the neatly packaged category of film noir in which it exists. The Australian director's first feature involves a pair of star-crossed suburban adulterers whose background scheming is doomed to fail, and from the opening minutes, the ent...

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    film review: Clash Of The Titans

    film review: Clash Of The Titans

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    Great Films You Can't Find on DVD

    With the long-awaited release of The African Queen on DVD this week, film buffs can check another prominent title off their want lists. That’s the good news…but there are still a surprising number of movies from every decade of the 20th century that aren’t commercially availabl...

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    criticWIRE This Week: "Weather" Leads SXSW; "Chloe" Lowest Ranked Opener

    criticWIRE is back with both an updated calendar of films that takes on new theatrical releases through the summer - including four films opening this week, and many grades of films from the recent SXSW Film Festival, which concluded this past weekend. More will be added as additional writers weigh ...

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    REVIEW | Egoyan's Accidental Black Comedy "Chloe" Succeeds as Guilty Pleasure

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This review was originally published as part of indieWIRE's coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival. "Chloe" is being released in theaters this Friday.

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    SXSW '10 | The Genre Jig Beyond Mumblecore

    The elusive form of American independent cinema known as mumblecore has been killed off many times over, but its phantoms still haunt the reputation of the South by Southwest Film Festival. This year, however, seemed like a welcome exception: With no premieres from Joe Swanberg or Andrew Bujalski, a...

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    film review—City Island

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    REVIEW | Fraternity Failure: Will Canon's "Brotherhood"

    A breathless thriller from its very first frame, Will Canon's "Brotherhood" careens forward with spastic momentum. Following a group of deranged frat boys in a single night of hazing gone awry, Canon eschews patient storytelling in favor of wall-to-wall sequences loaded with distress. The dialogue is cheap and incredulous, the plot twists seem too perfectly conceived, and it ends with a shrug rather than any kind of natural climax. But "Brotherhood" succeeds as sheer pulpy entertainment, ferociously indicting frat culture in much the same way that "Hostel" critiques rambunctious American tourism - simplistically, but not at the expense of a g...

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