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    Review: In 'Contraband' The Humans Aren't Nearly As Compelling As The Bullet Holes

    Chris Farraday, the protagonist of “Contraband,” is a popular movie construct. Handsome, wide-shouldered, and with a movie-star smile, he’s tough enough to have done some Very Bad Things, but also principled enough to be retired by the time we meet him. Chris is an ex-drug smuggler, and the life doe...

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    Review: ‘Albatross’ Is A By-The-Numbers Coming Of Age Tale, But 'Downton Abbey' Star Jessica Brown Findlay Is One To Watch

    Featuring “Like Crazy” up-and-comer Felicity Jones alongside Julia Ormond and German actor Sebastian Koch ("The Lives of Others"), the British indie film "Albatross" possesses a pretty impressive cast, especially considering the director Niall MacCormick (U.K. TV and ...

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    Review: Go And Say Ten Hail Marys Instead Of Bothering With 'The Devil Inside'

    In theory, the fundamental effectiveness of horror should spring from a willful dissonance between a sense of normalcy and the discord of the story’s events…but what happens when that sense of discord itself becomes all too familiar? Among the many problems of "The Devil Inside&quo...

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    Review: 'Louder Than A Bomb' An Entertaining, Soulful Look At The High School Slam Poetry Scene

    Slam poetry. It can be a misunderstood art form, exalted in places like Def Poetry Jam, or snubbed as a silly high school phase. But what Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel's documentary "Louder Than A Bomb" does so well, is point out how something like slam poetry can offer an outlet, and a w...

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    Review: 'Once Upon A Time In Anatolia' A Masterful, Slow-Burn Epic

    Minimalist art filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan spent a long time crafting very personal and breathtakingly photographed tales. His work has never been big on plot, nor have they ever been anything other than glacially paced. Indeed, his general aesthetic isn't very welcoming to the impatient, though...

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    Review: 'Roadie' A Compelling Portrait Of The Sad Aftermath Of A Failed Life On The Road

    For some, life is a series of indignities. One second too slow, one step too far, and our dreams go unfulfilled. In every bar in the country, there is someone drinking away his regrets, trying to make peace with the records they didn’t break and the hearts they didn’t soothe. Michael Cue...

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    Review: 'John Mellencamp: It’s About You’ Is An Amateur, Empty Music Documentary

    “John Mellencamp: It’s About You” is a documentary directed, shot and edited by professional photographer Kurt Markus and his son, Ian Markus. The film’s title refers to a debate between Mellencamp and Kurt as to whom the subject of the film would be. Mellencamp wanted the mo...

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    Review: 'Pariah' Is So Much More Than Just This Year's 'Precious'

    Listen, we understand that sometimes in order to get some attention, indie films need glib comparisons and word out of Sundance this year was that Dee Rees' "Pariah" was this year's "Precious." However, not only is "Pariah" nothing like "Precious", it ...

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    Review: There's A Reason You Didn't Know Alien Invasion Pic 'The Darkest Hour' Was Already In Theaters

    In post-apocalyptic movies, it’s tough to know whether concentrated ensembles, empty cities and unpopulated streets are a sign of terrific production design or low-budget shortcutting. In either case, there’s a distinct absence of both extras and ideas in “The Darkest Hour,” ...

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    Review: 'The Iron Lady' Is A Shabby & Tin-Eared Standard-Issue Biopic

    Starring two time winner and multiple-Oscar nominee Meryl Streep as British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, "The Iron Lady" will be watched across broad ideological divides; Thatcher was (and is) an icon to the Right, while she was (and is) demonized and disparaged by the Left. The film's also bei...

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