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Critic's Notebook

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    Critic's Notebook: Is the American Indie Film Extinct?

    The film is about a traveler in a foreign land, stationed there for work; while on assignment, he falls in love with a native, even though the foreigner is due to return home soon. The film, made with a complicated formalist approach and focused on the foreigner's attempts to understand this new...

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    Critic's Notebook: Why Whit Stillman, not 'Titanic,' Defines the '90s

    The nineties are back! That's the general takeaway from a crop of trend pieces responding to two new releases this week, one that piggybacks on the popularity of a late nineties hit and another that is one. As all sentient beings know by now, James Cameron's "Titanic" reemerge...

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    Critic's Notebook: Is It Wrong to Download Pirated Movies? Not Quite, Says One Critic.

    Remember back in the '80s, when people used to engage in recreational drug use? Just Say No, Nancy Reagan told us, and a collective lightbulb clicked on over America, ending the drug war forever.

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    Critic's Notebook: Why Action Fans Must See 'The Raid: Redemption' Before the Remake

    American action movies are almost entirely defined by cutaways, blaring music cues and grunts. "The Raid: Redemption," a hyper-energetic Indonesian martial arts movie, delivers an effective rebuke to that meek norm. Bones break, blood flows and swift, excessively complicated fight choreogr...

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