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Berlin 2014

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    Berlin Review: Stellan Skarsgaard Is a Killing Machine In Enjoyable Dark Comedy 'In Order Of Disappearance'

    Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland’s previous collaboration with Stellan Skarsgard, “A Somewhat Gentle Man,” was an enjoyable black comedy involving the offbeat exploits of a newly released criminal. For his followup, “In Order of Disappearance,” Moland flips the equation, casting Skarsgard as a ...

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    Berlin Review: Fruit Chan's Post-Apocalyptic 'The Midnight After' Is a Wry Satire That Demands Your Attention

    Hong Kong's densely populated metropolitan society is the on the verge of sliding into chaos, or at least that's the tantalizing possibility explored in wry allegorical terms by director Fruit Chan in his erratic but entertaining post-apocalyptic satire "The Midnight After."

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    Berlin Review: Jennifer Connelly and Cillian Murphy Star In Mopey Arctic Drama 'Aloft'

    The snow-encrusted landscapes of the Arctic Circle provide a sweeping backdrop for spiritual yearning in Claudia Llosa's "Aloft," but the heavy-handed drama at the center of Peruvian director Claudia Llosa's first English language feature can't keep pace.

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    Berlin Review: Wes Bentley Plays a Suburban Dad-Turned-Robber In 'Breaking Bad'-Like Thriller 'Things People Do'

    Like a condensation of the plot and themes in "Breaking Bad" without the meth, director Saar Klein's impressive debut "Things People Do" puts a criminal spin on suburban discontent

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    Berlin Review: Alain Resnais' 'Life of Riley' Is Disappointingly Lackluster Filmed Theater From a French New Wave Master

    The filmmaker vanishes into the static nature of the stage play that provides the movie with its source material.

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    Berlin Review: Ominous Forces Grip Argentinian Society In Benjamin Naishtat's Mesmerizing Debut 'History of Fear'

    Buenos Aires is a haven for paranoia and confusion in Argentinian writer-director Benjamin Naishtat's mesmerizing debut.

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    Berlin Review: A Sex Surrogate Finds Love, Kinda, In Anja Marquardt's Fascinating Debut 'She's Lost Control'

    From the opening minutes of "She's Lost Control," it's clear that Anja Marquardt's portrait of a sex surrogate in New York City will take its subject matter dead seriously.

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    Berlin Review: Why the Shorter Version of 'Nymphomaniac Volume I' Is Better Than Lars Von Trier's Director's Cut

    The edition version of "Nymphomaniac" (at least the first half) seems to have more to do with the streamlining of an unwieldy corpus than any attempt by the distributor to deprive the public of some additional graphic money shots.

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    Review: Was 'Snowpiercer' Worth the Battle For the Director's Cut?

    Countless filmmakers have entered into legendary battles with industrial powers about the value of retaining final cut, but few modern examples have generated the media brouhaha surrounding the U.S. release of Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer." Was it worth the effort?

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    Berlin Review: Forest Whitaker Impresses As Paroled Criminal In Uneven 'Two Men In Town,' A Remake At War With Itself

    French-Algerian director Rachid Bouchareb has lately alternated between sweeping historical dramas (the WWII drama "Days of Glory," the Algerian War portrait "Outside the Law") and sentimental two-handers with quieter approaches ("London River," "Just Like a Woman"). In all cases, however, Bouchareb...

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