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    REVIEW | Growing Pains: Azazel Jacobs Triumphs With Moving Teen Drama "Terri"

    Azazel Jacobs's 2008 drama "Momma's Man" centered on an adult retreating to his parents' house and yearning for the innocence of his teenage years. The director's latest feature, "Terri," centers on a teen fearing adulthood. Jacobs, working from a script by Patrick de Witt, takes a conventional comi...

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    REVIEW | A Black Comedy with Patience: Cristi Puiu's "Aurora"

    A slow burn thriller taken to the extreme, Cristi Puiu's "Aurora" continues the Romanian writer-director's obsession with time as his main narrative device. Whereas Puiu previously applied a patient, naturalistic approach to the final day of a dying man in 2005's "The Death of Mr. Lazarescu," his new three-hour opus studies a dead man walking: Stepping in front of the camera, Puiu plays a weary, isolated divorcee named Viorel, whose frustrations with his ex-wife and her family eventually lead him to commit a series of murders. Beyond his crimes, not much happens, and that's the point. Puiu constructs Viorel's gradual downfall as a purposefull...

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    The Best Indie Movies of 2011 So Far: "Sound of My Voice" and "The Interrupters" Top criticWIRE

    With the midway point of 2011 just days away, it's a good time to look at how the year's films have fared on criticWIRE thus far. At film festivals such as Cannes, Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW and Berlin, and as films are released theatrically, indieWIRE polls over 100 critics and bloggers f...

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    LAFF REVIEW | "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" Remakes the Original, Minus Most of the Frights

    John Newland's 1973 made-for-TV drama "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" is widely considered a high water mark for feature-length broadcast productions. Produced as an ABC movie of the week, it belonged to a series that also included Steven Spielberg's "Duel" and the early Michael Douglas vehicle "Shatt...

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    movie review: CARS 2

    I have such high regard for Pixar and its creative team, led by John Lasseter, that it actually hurts to knock one of their movies—something I’ve never done before. But then, I’ve never gotten a headache watching any of their previous films. Despite

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    movie review: Bad Teacher

    I’ve always liked Cameron Diaz, who brings a spark to every part she plays, but she’s only as good as her material, and Bad Teacher is bad news for her and her fans. I was wary going in, as I tend to be whenever a Hollywood movie announces through its advertising how “out...

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

    The new Pixar release "Cars 2" will no doubt leave the box office competition eating its dust, but with a new slate of releases, it's unlikely you'll skip the cinema this weekend. Here's what our indieWIRE and our blog network critics had to say about this week's new r...

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    movie review: A Better Life

    A Better Life has more to offer than good intentions: it’s sincere and credible, which is more than I can say about an awful lot of movies. Yet something about it kept me at arm’s length: I felt the filmmakers’ presence instead of losing myself in the story. Is that because...

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    movie review: BUCK

    Some years ago, Robert Redford made an excellent movie called The Horse Whisperer, based on Nicholas Evans’ novel. It turns out that a horseman named

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    Critical Consensus: "Conan O'Brien" Can't Stop Being The Pick of the Week

    For the second week in a row, a documentary has topped criticWIRE as the pick of the week. Following last week's "Page One: A Year Inside The New York Times" (a narrow choice over another doc, "Buck"), Rodman Fletcher's "Conan O'Brien Can't Stop" was the consensus among criticWIRE critics. A premier...

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