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    Review: 'True Legend' Is A Solid 80 Minute Actioner That Runs 115

    “True Legend” tells the story of Su Qi-Er, a warrior general who retires from battle to marry, have a child, and open a martial arts academy. Complicating matters is the idea that his wife Ying is the sister to his own adopted brother, Yuan Lie. Despite the incestuous nature of this relationship, an...

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    Review: 'A Serbian Film' Is Strictly For The Disturbed

    There’s not a whole lot that can prepare you for “A Serbian Film.” Much ink has been spilled over the various controversies surrounding the picture, but this Friday, you will have a chance to make up your own mind about a film that has divided even the most depraved of genre fans. Well, for the most...

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    Review: 'Brother's Justice' Earns The Title Of Least Convincing Mockumentary Ever Made

    There’s a couple of central jokes at the heart of “Brother’s Justice,” a new fake-umentary opening this weekend.

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    Cannes Review: Brazilian Pic 'Hard Labor' Finds Real Horror In The Job Market

    For their first feature, the directing team of Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra certainly made a reach for the brass ring. A horror film (of sorts) structured around an observation of the economic realities and class systems of Brazil, "Hard Labor" is an ambitious blend of genres that unfortunately is ...

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    Cannes Review: 'Habemus Papam' An Unlikely Dramedy About Finding Faith, But Losing Yourself

    Early word on Nanni Moretti's "Habemus Papam" was that it was more or less in the vein of "The King's Speech." Well, perhaps in broad strokes, but unlike Tom Hooper's wildly overrated Oscar-winner, Moretti finds more depth, complex emotion and goes for a much braver, uneasy ending for his film. "Hab...

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    Review: 'The Big Bang' Starring Antonio Banderas Is More Like A Bad Lay

    Why is it that all hard boiled detectives in movies have to have the standard-issue growly deep-voiced monotone? Are there no soprano private investigators? The throat lozenge market would make a killing catering their ads specifically to people like P.I. Ned Cruz, the hero of this Friday’s “The Big...

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    Cannes Review: 'Polisse' A Gritty Police Procedural That Can't Avoid Soap Opera Theatrics

    On paper, a film investigating the inner workings of the police department seems like an odd choice for the Cannes Film Festival which prides itself on breaking new voices in cinema. Certainly, the film world has never lacked in depictions of a cop's life in all its difficult detail. But "Polisse" brings something slightly different to the equation. Inspired by a documentary the singularly named director Maiwenn saw on television about the Child Protection Unit, she set out to do her own research and based on that she's spun "Polisse." No, this isn't just a two hour episode of "Law & Order: SVU" (though at its worst, it does evoke some of the...

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    Review: 'Cameraman' Is A Warm Tribute To A Genius Visualist

    So you're at a bar, nearly exceeding your alcohol tolerance, when suddenly you find yourself in a conversation with an elder. Chalk it up to liquor-induced time traveling, but however the talk began is of no importance because this charmer is full of exceeding knowledge and incredible stories. Now imagine this intelligent, seen-it-all storyteller was actually the late Jack Cardiff, cinematographer of "War and Peace," "The Red Shoes," "Black Narcissus," and "The African Queen" just to name a few. Quite a night for a film fanatic, huh? While this ever happening is certainly out of the question, Craig McCall's "Cameraman: The Life and Work of Ja...

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    Review: Yves Saint Laurent Doc 'L'Amour Fou' Is As Dazzling As a Runway Show (And Just as Hollow)

    As a conceptual exercise, Pierre Thoretton’s new documentary “L’Amour Fou” is feathered in a nest of intriguing and luxurious what-ifs. Instead of taking the straight-on biographical approach, as so many others would have, Thoretton instead decides to look at the life of fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent through the art collection and antiqued knickknacks he left behind and were sold, en masse, by Christie’s auction house following his death. Interesting questions immediately arise – what can we learn about this man from his possessions? Would his artistic interests outweigh his cultural impact through fashion? And, most importantly, how fu...

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