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    REVIEW | Duncan Jones' "Source Code" Messes With Your Head and Your Heart

    Drawing on time-shifting concepts reminiscent of "Groundhog Day" and "Run Lola Run," Duncan Jones' "Source Code" inhabits the spirit of old-school sci-fi while effectively providing a measure of pathos. As he did in his prior film, "Moon," "Source Code" showcases Jones' ability to provide ample ente...

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    REVIEW | The "Crash" Effect: How "In a Better World" Won Its Oscar

    Anointed with the Best Foreign Film Oscar over a month before its U.S. release, Susanne Bier's "In a Better World" contains several troubled characters coping with profound life crises. That basic description, alongside the Danish filmmaker's track record with brooding tales of woe, sent the awards ...

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    REVIEW | Bad Ideas In Close Up: Quentin Dupieux's "Rubber"

    The selling point of "Rubber" sounds like the whole story: A tire comes to life and goes on a murderous rampage. But Quentin Dupieux's utterly zany slice of narrative subversion transcends that singularly goofy premise to create one of the more bizarre experiments with genre in quite some time. With...

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    REVIEW | Spirituality and Goats: "Le Quattro Volte"

    A story of anarchic goats, lively spiritual celebrations and reincarnation, Michaelangelo Frammartino's "Le Quattro Volte" (which won the Europa Cinemas Label in Cannes's Directors' Fortnight) has a heavy philosophical load. Nevertheless, this painstakingly constructed, quasi-documentary about a she...

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    REVIEW | A Geologist Finds Solace in "I Travel Because I Have To, I Come Back Because I Love You"

    There's something primal about the moving-image travelogue. One of the original genres of moviemaking, it made a comeback in the home-video footage now considered a hallmark of documentaries' montage sequences. "I Travel Because I Have To, I Come Back Because I Love You" personalizes the charm of o...

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    REVIEW | Catherine Deneuve Shines in Ozon's "Potiche"

    "Potiche" is Catherine Deneuve's show, and she knows it. Directed by François Ozon and adapted from the 1970s play, the story follows Suzanne Pujo (Deneauve) in the title role as the longtime stay-at-home arm candy of tyrannical factory owner Robert (Fabrice Luchini) given the chance to come out of ...

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    Small Screen (Blu-ray/DVD): "The Times of Harvey Milk," A Royal Double Feature & More

    This week on DVD and Blu-ray a groundbreaking documentary gets the Criterion treatment, a Queen gets a royal double billing, a pianist comes out of the closet and Buster Keaton lives on.

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    SXSW REVIEW: Why "Natural Selection" Swept the SXSW Awards

    At the closing-night party following the SXSW Film Festival awards ceremony Tuesday night, one filmmaker -- whose movie didn't win -- tossed back a Lone Star and sighed. "'Natural Selection' got snubbed," he groaned.

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    SXSW '11 | Reviews from indieWIRE & Around the Web

    The 2011 SXSW Film Conference and Festival comes to close this Sunday, March 20. To wind down from what's been a great festival, indieWIRE has compiled a list of all our reviews from Austin. Also included are reviews from our blog network and from across the web.

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