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Short Term, Longwave: Coming of Age in Locarno

  • By Laya Maheshwari
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  • August 13, 2013 4:54 PM
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"Short Term 12"
Destin Cretton's Short Term 12 and Lionel Baier's Les Grandes Ondes (a L'ouest) (English title: Longwave), screened on the same day at the 66th Locarno Film Festival, underway right now. First glances may imply that the two share little in common, with the former an unflinching American indie drama about a foster care facility and the latter a light and frothy European period piece about a work assignment for two radio journalists.

Corneliu's Comic Catharsis: 'When Evening Falls on Bucharest' Looks Back With Laughter

  • By Ronan Doyle
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  • August 13, 2013 3:53 PM
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"I've been formed by this limit." These words, spoken by the film director protagonist of Corneliu Porumboiu's When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism about his fondness for the time restrictions imposed by shooting on celluloid, could just as well describe the emergence in the last decade of the particular breed of Romanian cinema which this new effort exemplifies. Limitation, in the form of censorship, is pivotal to the origin story of this distinctive strand of national cinema: Nicolae Ceausescu, the communist dictator whose rule was overthrown in 1989, withheld from filmmakers the freedom to explore socio-political issues. His fall, and the eventual arrival of digital technology's democratization of media, allowed the country's collective concerns to spill forth into its cinema, where latent traumas could be addressed.

The World Is Flat: How 'Elysium's Under-Imagined Dystopia Kills Its Would-Be Allegory

  • By Sam Adams
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  • August 13, 2013 12:10 PM
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The under-imagined world of Neil Blomkamp's sci-fi allegory kills any attempt at political commentary.

Criticwire Survey: Glaring Omissions

  • By Sam Adams
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  • August 12, 2013 9:00 AM
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Critics revealing the most surprising movies they've never seen.

'Breaking Bad' Watch: In 'Blood Money,' Tempers Flare and Bills Come Due

  • By Sam Adams
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  • August 11, 2013 9:43 PM
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Tempers flare and bills come due in the first of the show's final eight-episode run.

Barbed Wire: 'Planes'

  • By Steve Greene
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  • August 9, 2013 1:59 PM
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"I assure you, we won't try anything new. Nothing."

Early Indications Show 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' is a Directorial Readjustment

  • By Steve Greene
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  • August 9, 2013 12:30 PM
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Despite its title, "Lee Daniels' The Butler" doesn't feel like a Lee Daniels film. For some critics, that may actually be a plus.

The Top Documentaries on Criticwire's Best Indies of 2013 List

  • By Steve Greene
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  • August 8, 2013 12:36 PM
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From this year's festival favorites to theatrical upstarts, these 11 docs are some of our Criticwire Members' favorite films of 2013.

The Criticwire Pull Quote Matching Game: 'On the Road'

  • By Steve Greene
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  • August 6, 2013 3:00 PM
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Boys and girls in America have such a sad time together, but hopefully this will help.

Meet the Locarno Critics Academy Class of 2013

  • By Sam Adams
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  • August 6, 2013 1:28 PM
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For the second year running, Indiewire, in conjunction with the Swiss Association of Film Journalists and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, as well as new partner FRED Radio, is holding a Critics Academy at the Locarno Film Festival, giving nine young film writers a chance to cover one of the world's great festivals. They hail from locales as varied as Galway and Mumbai and bring with them a host of new and interesting perspectives. Next week, you'll be able to read the fruits of their labor right here on Criticwire, including a report from a master class with 2001: A Space Odyssey effects guru (and Silent Running director) Douglas Trumbull.

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