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    Criticism or Critique of Criticism? Talking With Rodney Ascher About 'Room 237'

    Welcome back to the Overlook Hotel.

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    Fantastic Fest Review: 'Wake In Fright' Is A Genuine Lost Ozploitation Classic

    As the terrifically fun and informative documentary "Not Quite Hollywood" notes, at around the same time that austere, gauzy Australian films were bewitching American art house crowds (dubbed the Australian New Wave by people who dub those sorts of things), another, equally powerful surge of Austral...

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    Fantastic Fest Review: 'The Conspiracy'

    Our review of one of the more buzzed about titles at Fantastic Fest 2012, a found footage conspiracy thriller.

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    Fantastic Fest Review: Award-Winning 'Vanishing Waves' Is a Beautifully Trippy Melodrama

    By definition, cinema implants experiences in the minds of its viewers, so it follows that movies about characters burrowing into the subconscious of unwitting subjects naturally fit the medium. From "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" to "Inception," contemporary movies have embraced this loopy...

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    'I Declare War,' 'Vanishing Waves,' and 'Here Comes the Devil' Win at 2012 Fantastic Fest

    Kristina Bouzyte's "Vanishing Waves" cleaned up at Fantastic Fest, winning Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, while Jurga Jutaite won the Best Actress award for her performance in the Lithuanian director's film. Robert Wilson and Jason Lapeyre's "I Declare War" won the Audience Award at ...

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    Fast and Furious 'Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning' Is One of the Best Action Movies of the Year

    With "Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning," John Hyams delivers a remarkably satisfying action-thriller hybrid that constantly pushes ahead. It's one of the best action movies of the year simply because it keeps hitting the right beats.

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    Filmmaker Joe Swanberg and Critic Devin Faraci Clash at Fantastic Fest

    See the pictures. Read the transcript. Witness as filmmaker and critic literally come to blows.

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    Fantastic Fest Review: 'Black Out'

    If Guy Ritchie made "The Hangover" in the Netherlands, it might look something like this.

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    Tribeca Film Acquires Goya Winner and Fantastic Fest Entry 'No Rest for the Wicked'

    Tribeca Film has picked up North American rights to the Spanish noir "No Rest for the Wicked," which won six 2012 Goya Awards (Spain's equivalent to the Oscars), including Best Film. The film is currently playing at Fantastic Fest.

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    Fantastic Fest Review: With ‘Frankenweenie,' Tim Burton Revives Pet Project, Returns to Form

    "Frankenweenie" is probably Tim Burton’s best film in almost a decade, but that’s not much of a compliment. With his last five films, the filmmaker responsible for some of the most fun, mischievous and magical cinema of the past 25 years has settled into a disappointing routine of utterly safe “w...

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