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    Venice Review: Hong Sang-soo’s Slight, Gentle ‘Hill of Freedom’

    It’s a pretty bombastic title, but Hong Sang-soo’s slender, 66-minute-long “Hill of Freedom” is nothing if not unassuming. Careful not to trespass on our time or goodwill even a second longer than it should, the film is a modest return to Hong’s prevailing themes of love, both requited and unrequite...

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    Venice Review: Andrei Konchalovsky’s Uncanny, Amazing ‘The Postman’s White Nights’

    A peculiar thing happened to us earlier on, and it goes by the name of “The Postman’s White Nights.” Andrei Konchalovsky’s Venice favorite (it’s tipped for the Golden Lion) is a film whose effect is hard to communicate, as the amount of time we’ve spent staring at a blinking cursor can attest. How d...

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    Venice Review: Ron Mann’s ‘Altman’ Is A Fond, Enjoyable Portrait Of A Legendary Filmmaker

    There never was a filmmaker quite like Robert Altman. And as "Altman," the new documentary from director Ron Mann, makes clear, there’ll probably never be another like him again. This is not just hyperbole. The facts of Altman’s long storied rise to prominence are so particular, and so entirely spe...

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    Hawke & Niccol Shake Venice with 'Good Kill,' A 21st-Century Answer to 'Top Gun'

    Director Andrew Niccol ("Gattaca") once again casts Ethan Hawke as his leading man in Venice entry "Good Kill," which focuses on the growing inner turmoil of a retired fighter-pilot-turned-drone-operator. Here's what critics are saying so far about the timely drama.

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    Venice Film Festival Interview: Joe Dante Talks His New Film 'Burying the Ex,' 'Gremlins 3' And Superhero Movies

    Joe Dante is one of those wonderful directors who makes movies far too infrequently. The filmmaker behind "Gremlins," "Innerspace," and "The 'Burbs" hasn't released a feature film since 2009's woefully overlooked 3D extravaganza "The Hole." But that's about to change with "Burying the Ex," a pitch b...

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    Venice Review: Andrew Niccol’s ‘Good Kill’ Starring Ethan Hawke, January Jones And Zoe Kravitz

    When cinema reflects current conflicts, a certain aesthetic typically develops, and "Good Kill," Andrew Niccol’s drone strike-era drama, makes a convincing case for the next phase of that evolution. The shell-shocked, grimy faced soldiers of the World Wars are gone, as are the sweating, hallucinati...

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    Venice Review: James Franco’s ‘The Sound And The Fury’ With Tim Blake Nelson, Seth Rogen & Danny McBride

    There is only so much matter in the universe. So at some point, simple physics dictates that James Franco must come to the end of the hitherto unending supply of goodwill that has been extended to him in recent years, unless he generates some more by making something that we can all agree is not jus...

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    Venice Review: Laurent Cantet’s ‘Return To Ithaca’ A Mild But Insightful Look At Cuba's Castro Generation

    A noble, though not entirely successful attempt to glimpse behind the veil of a society that if not quite closed, is at least shuttered to outsiders, Laurent Cantet’s talky “Return to Ithaca” is a film whose educational value outweighs its dramatic heft. And for many viewers, that will be off-puttin...

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    'Pasolini' Reviews: 'Subtle and Seductive' or 'Overwrought?'

    Reviews for Abel Ferrara's biopic aren't as divisive as those for his subject's films, but not for lack of trying.

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