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    TRIBECA REVIEW | "Gnarr" Explains How Iceland Got Its Comedian Mayor

    In 2009, as Iceland struggled to survive its debilitating economic crisis, local comedian Jón Gnarr came up with an unlikely solution. Launching "The Best Party" initially to satirize the country's ineffectual and power-hungry leaders, Gnarr's farcical campaign to become the mayor of Reykjavik slowl...

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    'Bully' Puts Schoolyard Harassment in Unflattering Close-Up

    "Tell me how to fix this," moans a frustrated vice principal in "The Bully Project," voicing the movie's primary concern and also concisely illustrating its problem. Documentarian Lee Hirsch follows a handful of bullied children across the country, as their constant schoolyard abuse becomes symbolic...

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    Despite the Crude Title, "Turn me on, dammit" Is a Delicate Drama

    Despite the confrontational title, Norwegian coming-of-age movie "Turn me on, dammit!" doesn't take an abrasive approach.

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    TRIBECA REVIEW | "The Last Rites of Joe May" is a Clichéd Drama, But It Works

    Dennis Farina's washed-up hustler of "The Last Rites of Joe May" is designed in the classic tough-guy mold, but the veteran character actor's performance also serves to disassemble it. Freed from a Chicago hospital after a bout with pneumonia, the frail and aging Joe May heads straight to his neighb...

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    REVIEW | Until Its Bitter End, "Incendies" is a Moving Wartime Drama

    There's a strong feeling of gravitas coursing through "Incendies," the third and most widely acclaimed feature directed by Quebec director Denis Villeneuve ("Polytechnique"). You can sense it from the very first scene, in which Radiohead's haunting elegy 'You and Whose Army?" plays on the soundtrack...

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    Critical Consensus: Canadian Oscar Nominee "Incendies" Is The Pick of the Week

    Opening in limited release this week is an eclectic batch: Denis Villeneuve's Oscar nominated Quebec import "Incendies," Steven Silver's "The Bang Bang Club," which details the experiences of four combat photographers in apartheid South Africa, Jim Mickle's vampi...

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    Small Screens: indieWIRE's Top 5 Releases This Week

    DVD/Blu-ray Top Pick:Title: "Rabbit Hole"Director: John Cameron Mitchell

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    REVIEW | Living in the Present: "The Imperialists are Still Alive"

    Records of post-9/11 Middle Eastern life have been virtually absent in Western cinema for obvious, if deplorable, reasons. Zeina Durra mercifully comes to the rescue with a sharp contemporary yarn sporting an appropriately alarming title: "The Imperialists Are Still Alive!" The first-time director's...

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    REVIEW | "The Double Hour" and the Twist Ending Twitter Can't Kill

    Movies have always played with audience expectations. Louis Lumiére's 1895 short "Tables Turned on the Gardener" concludes its one-minute length with a timeless sight gag. A few decades later, "The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari" pioneered the movie twist by revealing that the majority of its narrative ...

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    Critical Consensus: Danish Doc "Armadillo" Tops criticWIRE This Week

    Opening in limited release this week is an eclectic batch: Janus Metz's Afghanistan war doc "Armadillo," Robert Redford's Lincoln assassination take "The Conspirator," 2010 Cannes Jury Prize winner "A Screaming Man," Bertrand Tavernier’s "The Princess of Montpensier," another Cannes 2010 alum, Zeina...

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