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    Review: 'Daydream Nation' Is An Emo, Teenage Angst Mixtape & An Insufferable Afterschool Special

    Featuring a dreamy indie-rock soundtrack that quickly turns sour, a sense of disenfranchised teenage romanticism that curdles under its own emo, twee-ness and some occasionally charming performances and admittedly clever quips, the indie film, “Daydream Nation” can’t hide the fact that it is absolutely callow -- riddled with vapid coming-of-age cliches expressed first and foremost by a rather painful voice-over and endless slo-motion music-video montages. Directed and written by Canadian filmmaker Michael Goldbach (co-writer of Don McKellar’s "Childstar"), the tedious and cloying picture reads and sounds like the diary of a deluded and guilel...

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    Review: 'Something Borrowed' Is Something Truly Awful

    From its empty soul to its poorly framed shots ready for pan-and-scan conversion, “Something Borrowed” seems primed to play on Saturday afternoons on E!, sandwiched between reruns of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and “Bridalplasty.” Based on the chick-lit hit of the same name by Emily Giffin, th...

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    Review: Jodie Foster’s ‘The Beaver’ Starring Mel Gibson Can’t Quite Hit Its Tonal Sweet Spot

    The following is a reprint of our review from SXSW.

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    Review: 'Thor' Is Overstuffed, But Still A (Mostly) Pleasant, Consistently Entertaining Surprise

    Note: Our U.K. writer saw the film early and this review was first published on April 26, 2011

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    Review: 'Passion Play' Is An Excruciating, Unbearable Disaster

    The following is a reprint of our review from TIFF.

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    Review: 'Hobo With A Shotgun' Takes Aim At Good Taste, Obliterates Target

    The following is a reprint of our review from the Film Comment Selects program at Lincoln Center.

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    IFFBoston Review: 'Terri' Follows An Odd Budding Bromance

    Azazel Jacobs has built a career on slow-moving portraits of everyday life. He first came to the indie scene’s attention with “Momma’s Man,” a film that wowed Sundance audiences in 2008. This year he’s back with a much more refined film called “Terri,” about an overweight, teenage outcast who finds ...

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    IFFBoston Review: 'Bellflower' Is A Homespun Work Of Love

    One of the great things about watching films on the festival circuit is that reviewers get to see some crazy films. “Bellflower” was the strangest this writer has seen in a long time. It’s a film that will probably get a very small audience, but with a little cleaning-up, there’s an opportunity for ...

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    Tribeca Reviews: 'Detective Dee', 'Underwater Love' & 'Let The Bullets Fly'

    "Detective Dee And The Mystery Of The Phantom Flame"With the rise of China's first female ruler there came dissent. Also, there came spontaneous combustion, according to Tsui Hark's colorful, madcap mystery, where a poison has entered the bloodstream of several top advisers. No one knows they've bee...

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