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    REVIEW | Aki Kaurismaki's "Le Havre" Is a Deadpan Delight

    With its bouncy soundtrack, deadpan humor and good-natured disposition, Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki's "Le Havre" is an endearing affair. Combining his clownish storytelling with a life-affirming plot, Kaurismaki churns a fundamental scenario through his own unique narrative tendencies, yielding ...

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    REVIEW | "Being Elmo" Studies Master of Puppets Kevin Clash

    As the simplest member of the "Sesame Street" legacy, Elmo also has the greatest lasting appeal. His childlike naivete and untroubled worldview catapulted the furry red muppet to instant fame in the 1980s, when upstart puppeteer Kevin Clash gave the character his defining traits. The subject of "Bei...

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    Review: Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin: Secret Of The Unicorn

    Our London film critic Matt Mueller reviews The Adventures Of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, which left him out of breath. The film opens overseas starting on October 26; you'll have to wait until December 21 stateside.

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    HAMPTONS REVIEW | "Rum Diary," Johnny Depp's Homage to Hunter S. Thompson, is Flawed But Earnest

    "Vividly average" is the term used to describe the Puerto Rican readership of a raggedy newspaper in "The Rum Diary," Bruce Robinson's adaptation of the early Hunter S. Thompson novel. It could also describe the resulting movie. Depp coaxed Robinson out of retirement to write and direct "The Rum Di...

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    The Big Year—movie review

    The Big Year—movie review

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    Footloose—movie review

    Does the world really need a remake of Footloose? I would answer no, but I must also admit that the new movie is innocuous and pleasant-enough to watch. Writer-director Craig Brewer, who made the disarming Hustle & Flow, has taken Dean Pitchford’s 1984 screenplay and layered onto i...

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    The Skin I Live In—movie review

    The Skin I Live In—movie review

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    What to See, What to Skip: New Reviews This Week

    Everything from a remake of a beloved 80s dance flick to a new work by master filmmaker Pedro Almodovar is opening in theaters this week. Get a sense of what's worth your money by checking out the reviews published this week on indieWIRE and our blog network.

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    REVIEW | Pedro Almodóvar's "The Skin I Live In" Is a Messy Medical Thriller

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This review was originally published during the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. "The Skin I Live In" opens in limited release this weekend.

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    REVIEW | "Texas Killing Fields" Is Directed By Michael Mann's Daughter, and Looks Like It

    It might be unfair to read an artist's work on the basis of her lineage, but Ami Canaan Mann is asking for it. Her sophomore effort, "Texas Killing Fields," lives and breathes the hard-crime oxygen of the movies commonly associated with her father, Michael Mann. The younger Mann goes through the mot...

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