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    Savages—movie review

    It isn’t a requirement that you like a movie’s central characters, but it usually helps develop rooting interest. That’s one reason Savages comes up short: it’s difficult to care about anyone. If director and co-writer Oliver Stone had told the story more compactly, or not en...

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    The Magic Of Belle Isle—movie review

    Morgan Freeman’s presence generally makes any film worth seeing, and this is no exception. The fact that The Magic of Belle Isle also offers a benign, family-friendly alternative to harsher summer fare is icing on the cake.

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    The Do-Deca-Pentathlon—movie review

    The Duplass Brothers, Jay and Mark, made their reputation with a series of barely-there indie movies that first attracted attention at the South by Southwest festival. Since then they’ve made films like Cyrus and Jeff, Who Lives at Home with well-known actors, using the same improv techni...

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    New York Asian Film Fest Reviews: 'Vulgaria,' 'The King Of Pigs' & 'Dead Bite'

    Usually the New York Asian Film Festival opens with a film that carries name recognition in the West, either by those involved, or by a familiar genre or trope. In the case of this year’s opener, “Vulgaria,” it’s an increasingly familiar genre, that being the hyper-indulgent, semi-improvisational, l...

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    Review: 'Collaborator' Milks That Old New York-Intellectual-In-LA-Suburb Conflict

    Playwright Robert Longfellow, the lead character in “Collaborator,” is a familiar New York intellectual struggling to produce honest work. Despite notably lucrative side gigs as a Hollywood screenwriter for hire, he hasn’t lived up to what the (fake) Times loudly boasted as a once-hypothetical “the ...

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    Weekend Preview: 'Amazing Spider-Man,' 'Savages,' 'Do-Deca,' 'Collaborator' & More

    In case you haven't seen "Beasts of the Southern Wild" yet, that's still your best bet for an exciting cinematic experience. This holiday weekend's offerings feel tired and uninspired...

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    Review: 'Katy Perry: Part Of Me' Pulls You Into The Performer's DayGlo World

    Katy Perry is a pop sensation like few others in the cultural landscape of 2012 – less arty and pretentious than Lady Gaga, more wholesome and sweet than Rihanna – she is the wayward daughter of a pair of Pentecostal preachers, one who has succeeded with a sugar-sexy shtick that teases just enough t...

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    Criticwire Picks: 'The Do-Deca Pentathlon' Outlasts the Competition

    In early March, when the Olympics were still months away, a different kind of athletic prowess made its debut at the South by Southwest Film Festival. “The Do-Deca Pentathlon,” a film by Jay and Mark Duplass, follows two brothers who attempt to create a definitive, 25-discipline event. A...

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    Critical Consensus: Anthony Kaufman and Peter Rainer on Steven Soderbergh, Oliver Stone and Today's Auteur Theory

    Editor’s note: Critical Consensus is a biweekly feature in which two critics from Indiewire’s Criticwire network discuss new releases with Indiewire’s chief film critic, Eric Kohn. Here, Indiewire contributor and ReelPolitik blogger Anthony Kaufman joins Christian Science Monito...

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