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    REVIEW | "Gun Hill Road" Deserves the Buzz That Went to "Pariah" at Sundance

    With an opening-night slot and a bidding war won by Focus Features, the black teen coming-out saga "Pariah" was among the 2011 Sundance Film Festival's hits. However, that fervor buried the superior accomplishments of another Sundance entry with markedly similar ingredients: Rashad Ernesto Green's ...

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    Critic's Notebook | There Are Three Versions of "The Interrupters," But Only One Movie. Here's Why.

    When Steven James first premiered "The Interrupters," his compelling look at activists working to prevent Chicago street violence, the initial reaction at the Sundance Film Festival was uniformly positive. The indomitable buzz machine reported that the "Hoop Dreams" co-director had made another galvanizing portrait of inner city struggles, this one based on a New York Times Magazine article by Alex Kotlowitz. Following the travails of CeaseFire Interrupters, a group predominantly composed of former gang members talking sense to their hotheaded brethren, "The Interrupters" explored a world of dangerous conflict and heroic redemption by combini...

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

    Not sure what to see this weekend? We don't blame you! With a slew of anticipated titles hitting the screen today (including "Attack the Block," "Cowboys & Aliens," "The Future," and "The Interrupters"), deciding what's worth paying top dollar...

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    Smithsonian Names "The Champ" the "Saddest Movie Ever." Here's Our Alternatives.

    Franco Zeffirelli's 1979 boxing tearjerker "The Champ" has officially been named "the saddest movie of all time", not by an internet poll, but rather by a 23-year scientific study by psychologists Robert Levinson and James Gross as noted in Smithsonian.

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    Critical Consensus: "The Interrupters" and "Attack The Block" Top Very Busy Week of Indie Releases

    In a remarkably busy week for new specialty releases, a tight race for the top rated film on criticWIRE saw both Steve James' "The Interrupters" and Joe Cornish's "Attack The Block" receive exceptionally warm notices. While "The Interrupters" technically was the top pick, both had "A-" level averages and are among the best reviewed films on criticWIRE so far this year. Oddly enough, both films revolve around street gangs, but in vasty different ways. "Block" follows a London street gang who have to defend themselves from rowdy alien invaders, while "The Interrupters" is a documentary about three Violence Interrupters who try to protect their...

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    REVIEW | How "Life in a Day " Reflects User-Generated Expression

    When YouTube launched six years ago, it opened the door to a new era of self-expression. It also became the de facto archive for adorable cats and newsroom goofs, among countless other viral memes now accepted as commonplace. (Just last week, an enthusiastic man made a fortune writing messages on hi...

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    REVIEW | "The Devil's Double" Portrays Uday Hussein as Evil, But Otherwise Fails

    It's hard to believe that "The Devil's Double" doesn't intend to be a put-on. Despite a real-life basis of its plot, Lee Tamahori's fierce depiction of hedonistic Saddaam Hussein spawn Uday Hussein relegates the character to a farcical cartoon. Looking like a macabre Groucho Marx, Dominic Cooper por...

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    What to Buy, What to Rent & What to Watch on DVD/Blu-ray This Week

    This week on the small screen, Todd Solondz revisits the characters from "Happiness," Canadian up-and-comer Xavier Dolan gets his heart broken and much more.

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    Small Screens: indieWIRE's Picks for VOD and DVD/Blu-ray This Week

    This week on Small Screens the director of "Moon" rackets up the suspense, eight French Christian monks stay put, Takashi Miike goes back in time and much more.

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    REVIEW | "Crazy, Stupid, Love." Is Inspired, But Suffers From a Very Specific Hollywood Problem

    Years after gaining fame for writing the modern subversive holiday classic "Bad Santa," Hollywood has finally made room for John Requa and Glenn Ficarra. Having directed the wry gay comedy "I Love You, Phillip Morris" last year, Requa and Ficarra have brought their unique combination of gleeful vulg...

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