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Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon Foreclosure Thriller '99 Homes' Thrills Venice Critics

  • By Sam Adams
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  • August 29, 2014 1:38 PM
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99 homes reviews

Sleeper of the Week: 'To Be Takei'

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • August 29, 2014 1:12 PM
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How the 'Star Trek' actor became a gay icon.

Peter Bogdanovich's First Movie in 13 Years, 'She's Funny That Way,' Is a Fond Throwback to Classic Hollywood

  • By Sam Adams
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  • August 29, 2014 11:42 AM
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Does it revive the Dream Factory's heyday or just seem out-of-touch? The critics are split.

'Starred Up': Staggering Prison Drama, Now Streaming, Is the Best of This and Many Other Weeks

  • By Steve Greene
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  • August 29, 2014 10:29 AM
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With a fiery central performance and a dynamite script, "Starred Up" is well worth your hard-earned VODollars.

'November Man' Reviews: 'Sam Peckinpah, This Ain't'

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • August 28, 2014 4:26 PM
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Yup, it's late August again.

Criticwire Classic of the Week: Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • August 28, 2014 11:44 AM
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Revisiting a film that helped usher in a new era of horror.

Jon Stewart's 'Rosewater' Is a Sharp, Sincere, if Not Exactly Stirring, Debut

  • By Sam Adams
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  • August 28, 2014 11:11 AM
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Based on the travails of an imprisoned Iranian journalist (and frequent "Daily Show" guest), Jon Stewart's directing debut is solid enough, but fortunately not good enough to make him quit his day job.

'Birdman': Michael Keaton Is a Washed-Up Star in Gonzalez Inarritu's One-Take Wonder

  • By Sam Adams
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  • August 27, 2014 10:48 AM
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Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu goes "Gravity" with a simulated single-take story, and gets the award race off to a running start.

In 'Songs From the North' and 'Durak,' Community Goes to Extremes

  • By Andrei Sendrea
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  • August 22, 2014 2:00 PM
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From the enforced unity of North Korea to the crumbling world of the former Soviet Union.

From 'Modern Times' to 'The Iron Ministry': Learning to Love the Machine

  • By Andrei Sendrea
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  • August 21, 2014 4:00 PM
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Charlie Chaplin bemoaned humanity ground down inside the machine, but on China's railways, we're just along for the ride.