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    REVIEW | Living the Negative and Optimistic "Metropolis"

    Few images from the silent film era linger in contemporary pop culture more than the dreary futuristic landscapes of Fritz Lang's "Metropolis." Whereas Charlie Chaplin remains the paragon of cinema's capacity to entertain, Lang's 1927 epic still provokes fears about modern technology. Conventional w...

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    REVIEW | From The Heart: Rodrigo Garcia's "Mother and Child"

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This review was originally published as part of indieWIRE's coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival. "Mother and Child" hits theaters in limited release this Friday.

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    REVIEW | For the Love of Trash, Korine's "Humpers" Fetes the Freak

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This review was originally published as part of indieWIRE's coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival. "Trash Humpers" hits theaters in limited release this Friday.

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    REVIEW | Cute and Shallow: Thomas Balmes's "Babies"

    The celebration of new life in "Babies," a documentary about four newborns around the world, almost makes the project worthwhile -- but not quite. French director Thomas Balmes dives right into his virtually wordless cycle of cross-cutting with hardly any introduction, instead favoring the collage a...

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    TRIBECA REVIEW | Movies Within a Movie: The Anthology Documentary "Freakonomics"

    Equal parts journalistic exposé and targeted anthropological dissection, the slick anthology production "Freakonomics" makes heavy ideas go down easy. That's the point, of course: Based on Steven Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner's bestselling 2005 tome, the movie explores "the hidden side of everything" -- meaning the interpersonal rituals dictating when societal decisions get made, or should get made, or should not get made. It's a broad topic, which justifies the mini-movie format for probing the book's central concepts. Directed by a documentarian "dream team" composed of established non-fiction storytellers with divergent approaches, "Freakon...

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    TRIBECA REVIEW | Sexual Innocence: Ashley Horner's "brilliantlove"

    The sexuality in "brilliantlove," in which a couple's private lovemaking photos go public, creates a simultaneously frank and disarmingly innocent experience. An explicit British drama competently directed by Ashley Horner, the movie revolves around Manchester (Liam Browne) and Noon (Nancy Trotter L...

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    VOD Review: 'Shawshank' With Teens? Kim Chapiron's 'Dog Pound' Finds Turmoil In Youth Prison

    The opening moments of "Dog Pound" introduce its young subjects in a frenzy of violent acts: Suave 16-year-old Davis (Shane Kippel) gets nabbed by the cops for pushing pills; 15-year-old Angel (Mateo Morales) goes down for assault and auto theft; hot-headed Butch (Adam Butcher) beats up a correction...

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    Big Screen | Holofcener and a "Human Centipede" Lead Debuts

    Both among early-in-the-season picks on indieWIRE's summer movie preview, there might not be a more inappropriate double feature than Nicole Holofcener's "Please Give" and Tom Six's "The Human Centipede." One is a light-hearted morality tale about a bunch of inter-connected New Yorkers negotiating t...

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    TRIBECA REVIEW | Religious Rebels: "Sons of Perdition"

    The Mormon outcasts at the center of "Sons of Perdition," a documentary directed by Tyler Meason and Jennilyn Merten, bring authenticity to a sensationalist hook. The polygamous community of the "Crick," a Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) enclave run by the dictatorial Warren Jeffs until his ...

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    TRIBECA REVIEW | Non-Fiction Innovation: Clio Barnard's "The Arbor"

    Documentaries often toy with the conventions of non-fiction storytelling to the detriment of their content, but Clio Barnard's innovative "The Arbor" provides a welcome exception to the norm. Tracking the experiences of British playwright Andrea Dunbar and her children, Barnard uses actors to lip-sy...

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