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    Critical Consensus: "Meek's Cutoff" Tops Strong Week on criticWIRE

    While the overcrowding of last week's crop of debuts resulted in a rather dismal weekend box office, this weekend once again sees a large offering of new specialty films hoping to stop that from being a trend. Opening in limited release is Kelly Reichardt epic indie Western, "Meek's Cutoff," Robert...

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    REVIEW | "Meet Monica Velour" Is Better Than Its Poster, But Not By Much

    The tagline on the poster for "Meet Monica Velour" reads "Fantasy Meets Reality," an announcement made underneath the image of a stone-faced and scantily clad Kim Cattrall leaning her right foot against a stripper pole. It's intended as a splashy encapsulation of the plot, in which horny 17-year-old...

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    Small Screen (Blu-ray/DVD): "Phillip Morris," "Casino Jack," "Taxi Driver" on Blu-ray & More

    This week on DVD and Blu-ray Jim Carrey falls for Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey gets greedy, two film titans meld on Blu-ray and more.

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    REVIEW | "Hanna" is the Ass-Kicker that "Sucker Punch" Wanted to Be

    In "Hanna," director Joe Wright successfully recycles almost every action movie trope of the past decade. From the seamless hand-on-hand combat to the appropriately frenzied soundtrack by The Chemical Brothers, the resulting adrenaline-packed vehicle delivers a multi-directional sugar rush. It moves...

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    REVIEW | Strangely Alluring Over "Kati with an I"

    In "Kati with an I," documentarian Robert Greene ("Owning the Weather") turns his camera on his teenage half-sister on the brink of her high school graduation. That backdrop offers nothing new, but Greene's patient, understated portrait renders a universal rite of passage in strangely alluring, poet...

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    REVIEW | The New Old West: Kelly Reichardt's "Meek's Cutoff"

    Upgrading her production values without compromising her minimalist style, Kelly Reichardt has nonetheless made her most accessible movie with "Meek's Cutoff," a spare, defiantly unconventional western that traffics in atmosphere and the subversion of expectations rather than any kind of easy resolu...

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    Critic's Notebook: New Directors/New Films Shows Flawed Movies, For Good Reasons

    Most film festival programmers will admit that you can't please everyone. At festivals large and small, the people responsible for the movies in their lineups smile at the podium and vouch for their choices, readily aware that the program's quality is anything but impeccable. However, New Directors/...

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    REVIEW | Adrien Brody's Diminishing Returns Continue With "Wrecked"

    Here's a triple bill dying to be made: "Buried," in which Ryan Reynolds spends the entire running time in a coffin; "127 Hours," featuring James Franco, an immovable boulder and little else; and the newly released "Wrecked," a modest survival tale starring Adrian Brody as a car-crash victim trapped ...

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    Critical Consensus: Italian Fable "Le Quattro Volte" Is The Pick of the Week

    As indieWIRE's recent April preview makes clear, specialty filmgoers have lots to look forward to in the coming weeks and this week starts that off with a wide array of releases including Duncan Jones' SXSW opener "Source Code," David Schwimmer's directorial debut "Trust," Susanne Bier's Academy Award-winning Danish import "In a Better World," "Saw" director James Wan's horror flick "Insidious" (the inaugural film from distributor FilmDistrict), IFC's highly buzzed Toronto pickup "Super," Quentin Dupieux's deranged tire opus "Rubber," and "Rubber"'s 2010 Cannes Film Festival peer "Le Quattro Volte," which won the top prize in Cannes' Director...

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    REVIEW | Duncan Jones' "Source Code" Messes With Your Head and Your Heart

    Drawing on time-shifting concepts reminiscent of "Groundhog Day" and "Run Lola Run," Duncan Jones' "Source Code" inhabits the spirit of old-school sci-fi while effectively providing a measure of pathos. As he did in his prior film, "Moon," "Source Code" showcases Jones' ability to provide ample ente...

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