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    Rome Film Festival Review: Paul Verhoeven's Crowdsourced Television Drama 'Tricked' Is An Amusing 'Basic Instinct' Throwback

    The genesis of "Tricked" sounds like something Lars Von Trier might have dreamed up as part of "The Five Obstructions."

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    Rome Film Festival Review: Why the Funny and Familiar 'Populaire' Panders to U.S. Audiences

    "Populaire" is a romantic farce made in France, but it unashamedly has one eye on American audiences. Even the token North American cast member Shaun Benson can't help but comment as the action moves from Paris to New York that it's "America for business and France for love."

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    Rome Review: Paul Verhoeven’s Partially Crowdsourced ‘Tricked’ Is A Short, Wickedly Enjoyable Soap Opera

    It’s actually just the tip of an iceberg that encompasses an online component, mobile apps and a TV show in his native Netherlands, but Paul Verhoeven’s 50-minute-long “Tricked” (“Steekspel") provided what the Rome Film Festival so far has rather lacked: sheer entertainment value.

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    Rome Review: 'Mental' With Toni Collette Is A Watchable Farce That Could Do With Going A Bit More Nuts

    Showing today Out of Competition at the Rome Film Festival, “Mental” marks director P.J. Hogan’s (“My Best Friend’s Wedding,” “Confessions of a Shopaholic”) reunion with his “Muriel’s Wedding” star Toni Collette. The intervening years may have made them both older, but not necessarily wiser, as “Men...

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    Rome Review: Amos Poe’s ‘A Walk In The Park’ A Confused, Discordant And Ultimately Empty Ordeal

    By the end of “A Walk in the Park” ’s 96 minutes, you will know a lot about Brian Fass. You will know of his various ailments, his depression, his relationship with his mother, the medication he is on, the mountain he nearly climbed, his electroshock therapy and the titular walk in the park that mar...

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    Rome Review: Overlong & Incoherent, Takashi Miike's 'Lesson Of The Evil' Is Sadly More Bore Than Gore

    The slasher picture, which is what we suppose this film eventually morphs into, relies on a certain novelty in how our successive victims are offed for us to retain interest -- there should be jumps, scares, the unexpected, the gruesome. But for all its (literal) buckets of blood and fetishistic slo...

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    First Look: Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch & Stephen Dorff In 'The Motel Life'

    Nope, the festival season isn't over yet. The Rome Film Festival gets underway this weekend, and our Jessica Kiang will be on the ground fueled on espressos and cinemas to bring us coverage. But before that, we've got a few sneaks at some of the movies coming up, and the first is from "...

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    Rome Film Festival Lures Younger Generation with Day of 'Breaking Dawn' Part 2 and 'Beautiful Creatures'

    The Alice Nella Cita independent section of the Rome Film Festival unveils one of its most anticipated highlights of the fest: "The End of the Saga, and the Beginning of Another," a day dedicated to fans awaiting the final "Twilight" installment, and the launch of potential new young adult fantasy f...

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    Rome Film Festival Adds Two Out of Competition Titles; Jury Includes Nichols, Bekmambetov & Hatami

    The Rome Film Festival (November 9-17) announces its jury members for the 2012 edition of the festival, including writer-director Jeff Nichols ("Take Shelter," "Mud"), director Timur Bekmambetov ("Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Killer") and Iranian actress Leila Hatami (2012's Foreign-Language Oscar winne...

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    8 Minute 'Django Unchained' Preview Planned For Lucca Movie; Rome Premiere Now Rumored For After Festival

    Of all the movies to come out before the end of the year, it seems movie bloggers are particularly fixated on Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained." Few films coming in the next couple of months have inspired so many tweets and even articles deciphering clues as to just when the press...

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