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    REVIEW | Metaphysical Sci-Fi "Another Earth" Offers Promising Debuts

    First-time director Mike Cahill's "Another Earth" suggests Andrei Tarkovsky's "Solaris" by way of Aaron Katz. That unlikely combination speaks to the movie's unconventional mix of heady conceits and intimate conversations. A visually inspired fantasy mainly revolving around the doomed romance of two...

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    Carmageddon It! Screw the LA Pileup with These Rough and Tumble Car Movies

    If you are lucky enough to live in Los Angeles this summer, the city of sun, insanity and soul-destroying traffic, what better way to celebrate the closure of the 405 freeway (a.k.a. Carmageddon) and the death of your Westside weekend social life than with a marathon of classic car-themed movies thi...

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

    While the last installment in the "Harry Potter" film franchise is poised to break box-office records this weekend, a slew of indie releases also drop today to keep you away from the millions of Potter Heads lining up to see the boy wizard take on Lord Voldemort. To get an idea of wha...

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    REVIEW | "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" Is Pretty, But Not Wayne Wang's Finest Moment

    These days, Wayne Wang works in two different modes as a filmmaker and they rarely intersect.

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    Critic's Notebook | "Harry Potter" Is Dead, but Its Corporate Overlords Live On

    In "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2," Daniel Radcliffe's young wizard receives advice from the ghost of his mentor, Albus Dumbledore: "Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living."

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    indieWIRE Does Hulu: We Pick Our Favorite Docs About the American Dream (or the lack thereof)

    For this edition of indieWIRE at Hulu Docs - iW's regular curation of Hulu's Documentaries page - we're very loosely tying into this month's connection with patriotism and national celebration by looking at a selection of films addressing the American Dream… or its flipside.

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    REVIEW | "Life, Above All" Suffers from a Conventional Plot, But Newcomer Khomotso Manyaka Saves It

    Although loaded with dramatic consequence, "Life, Above All" is slight. Set in the outskirts of Johannesburg, the movie follows a young girl faced with a broken family and communal rejection. Her transition from pariah to fierce young adult energizes the story with emotional resonance, but director ...

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    REVIEW | Why "Daylight" Does the Home Invasion Genre Proud

    The home invasion thriller is a genre that typically engages with issues of class and human instinct. In first-rate examples like "Funny Games" and the recent Spanish entry "Kidnapped," a small group of captives face off against their oppressors under exceedingly frightening circumstances, and the s...

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

    This week, a Palme d'Or-winning oddity drops, Mike Leigh gets kinky, the makers of "Saw" go paranormal and much more.

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    REVIEW | Weird, Familiar and Out of Control: Errol Morris's "Tabloid"

    The enjoyably wacky scenario of Errol Morris's "Tabloid" is cookie-cutter material for the documentarian, but Morris wields his cookie cutter like a pro. Doing penance for the grim, sterile polemics of "Standard Operating Procedure," Morris bounces back with the sort of phenomenally surreal weird-bu...

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