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    Borrowing From Himself: Sam Raimi's "Drag Me To Hell"

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This review was originally published as part of indieWIRE's coverage of the 2009 SXSW Film Festival.

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    Cello and Goodbye: Yojiro Takita's "Departures"

    A feel-good dramedy about death, Yojiro Takita's "Departures" would seem to be the first Japanese import in the U.S. in quite some time with a real chance for art-house success, rather than mere fanboy buzz. Not that there's anything wrong with that, of course, but "Departures" is a particularly silly, histrionic slab of moviemaking. Its setup would seem to imply classical Japanese formal control -- a young man gradually learning the graceful ways of casketing the dead, i.e. sending them off into the afterlife with ceremonial efficiency and elegance. It's both refreshing and also a bit of a letdown, then, that Takita is less a ikebana-like s...

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    Forward Thinking: Lee Isaac Chung's "Munyurangabo"

    [Editor's Note: "Munyurangabo" opens this Friday at New York's Anthology Film Archives.]

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    In Favor of Imagery: Tsai's "Visage" Paints a Puzzling, Pretty Picture

    From the very first minutes of "Visage" ("Face"), director Tsai Ming-liang stakes out familiar territory. But familiarity in a Tsai Ming-liang movie is an elusive thing. Working in abstract mode, Tsai depicts strange and cryptic moods, regardless of his intentions. The immediate thematic parallel to his earlier work arrives when a Taiwanese filmmaker (Lee Kang-Sheng) copes with a late night kitchen leak that ultimately floods his entire apartment. The progression from slice-of-life detail to slapstick comedy and ultimately lyricism happens swiftly, echoing a scene in Tsai's first feature, "Rebels of the Neon God." In "Visage," water symbolize...

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    Low on Luster, Gilliam's "Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" Winds up a Sideshow

    Marred by shoddy special effects and half-formed fantastical conceits, Terry Gilliam's "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" has the feeling of a comic fantasia desperately seeking to find its rhythm. Nearly abandoned after the sudden death of leading man Heath Ledger prior to completing production ...

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    Does It Take This Village? "White Ribbon" Ascends Art

    Despair haunts every moment of Michael Haneke's "The White Ribbon." The director's dour, Bergmanesque black-and-white portrait of enigmas and familial discord in a Protestant German village at the beginning of the twentieth century peddles in the art of downbeat expressionism....

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    Tone Deaf: Stephan Elliott's "Easy Virtue"

    In the face of the current world financial crisis, is an urbane adaptation of a mid-20s Noel Coward comedy of manners hopelessly out-of-step, or an appropriate cinematic tonic for troubled times? The collapse of economies is perhaps an unnecessary weight with which to burden a film like "Easy Virtue," whose sole aim is providing 90 frothy, mildly entertaining minutes, but lingering around the borders of Stephan Elliott's ("The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert") take on one of Coward's earlier plays are increasingly relevant questions of wholesale societal change and the decay of class relations. It's a concern of the source text t...

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    Falling Short of Tarantino's Own High Bar, "Inglourious" Goes Bubblegum

    Given what the world expects from Quentin Tarantino - the man, the myth, the pastiche-driven movie machine - his latest feature, "Inglourious Basterds," stands out for its seemingly low ambition. Talked about for years by the filmmaker as his epic "guys-on-a-mission" movie, the final product, unveil...

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    Dargis On Von Trier

    Dargis On Von Trier

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    "Broken" Record: Almodovar's Latest Repeats His Greatest Hits

    Pedro Almodovar offers nothing new in his latest feature, "Abrazos Rotos" ("Broken Embraces"), but that's probably enough for his devout followers. With solid performances and a script that's never too hard on the ears, Spain's superstar director merely repeats the themes and conflicts of his greate...

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