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    Eric Kohn: The "Biutiful" Conspiracy

    No amount of profound sadness registering across Javier Bardem's dejected face can save "Biutiful" from its numerous flaws. Seven months after first encountering Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu's lethargic melodrama at the Cannes Film Festival, I remain convinced of ...

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    Small Screen | Clooney, Oprah, "Handsome Harry," 50 Cent all Rush to the Tube

    Taking in the Small Screen this week, a trip to Europe with a gun-slinging George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey's new cable network, an Australian outback love story, a rehashing of Vietnam, and Joel Schumacher's Upper West Side mess are this week's top picks on indieWIRE's column looking at entertainment ...

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    REVIEW | Cinema of Attraction: Derek Cianfrance's "Blue Valentine"

    Light on plot and heavy on expression, Derek Cianfrance's "Blue Valentine" is a study in extremes. Essentially the anatomy of a break-up, it places exclusive focus on a young couple (Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams) as their marriage disintegrates. Cianfrance, whose directorial debut "Brother Tie...

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    REVIEW | No Country for Old Men: Mike Leigh's "Another Year"

    Stories of aging, loneliness and despair typically don't translate into crowdpleasers, but there's nothing typical about a Mike Leigh movie. With "Another Year," a skillfully understated character study from the master of subtext, Leigh magnifies the existential reflections of his middle-aged subjec...

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    REVIEW | Korean Conflict: "The Red Chapel"

    In 2006, Danish journalist and filmmaker Mads Brügger journeyed to North Korea with two performers, Simon Jul and Jacob Nossell, to reveal the corruption of the country's censorship up close. The ruse was an elaborate combination of documentary exposé, performance art and advocacy: Jul, a noted Danish actor, and Nossell, a "spastic" stand-up comic whose speech impairments make his words difficult to decipher in any language, would perform a play for Korean locals approved by the government. Through covert messages, they would reveal a dangerous culture of repression. The result, assembled into the feature-length documentary "The Red Chapel," ...

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    REVIEW | Road To Nowhere: Peter Weir's "The Way Back'

    In "The Way Back," several prisoners escape from a Siberian prison in 1940 and wander aimlessly through the wilderness until they reach India. This improbable feat, loosely based on real experiences, provides director Peter Weir with a way to start and end his story while dwelling in the murky space...

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    REVIEW | Lonely and Minimalist: Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere”

    Minimalism gets the maximum treatment in Sofia Coppola’s "Somewhere," a movie so muted that it barely exists at all. That’s mostly good news: Arriving four years after the poor reception of "Marie Antoinette" as a misconceived hipster period piece, the writer-director returns to the gentler sort of ...

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    Small Screen | Xmas Week's Top 5 DVD & Blu-Rays Include "Easy" Stone, LaBeouf & Douglas & World Film

    With most small screen outlets avoiding the cluttered landscape of Christmas week, five films will hit the shelves on DVD and Blu-Ray this week.

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    Outsiders and Rebels: Great DVDs in 2010

    "I'm usually more of an old fogey when it comes to mobile phones that I am about DVDs," writes film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum in his newly released essay collection, "Goodbye Cinema, Hello Cinephilia." He's not the only one to extol the virtues of the home viewing experience. Jonathan Lethem's book-...

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    REVIEW | Not Quite There: Sylvain Chomet's "The Illusionist"

    There were several reasons to anticipate Sylvain Chomet's "The Illusionist." The French animator's previous feature, 2003's "Triplets of Belleville," was a surreal masterpiece of conceptual wonder, at once classically entertaining and marvelously bizarre. As one of the most important animators worki...

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