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'Breaking Bad' Watch: In 'Ozymandias,' the End Is Nigh

  • By Sam Adams
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  • September 16, 2013 9:08 AM
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Walter White survives the desert shootout, but the man he was is dead.

The TIFF Review Report: Day 6 ('The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby,' 'The Sacrament,' 'How I Live Now,' 'Dom Hemingway')

  • By Steve Greene
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  • September 11, 2013 1:04 PM
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Mirrored stories of a marriage dissolving, found footage of a cult community dissolving, impending World War III behind a childhood dissolving and Jude Law's poetic cursing: all part of the sixth full day at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

TCM's 'Story of Film' Is the Most Thrilling Movie Event of the Season

  • By Sam Adams
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  • September 2, 2013 3:01 PM
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An annotated guide to the first week of Turner Classic Movies' massive 'The Story of Film,' inspired by Mark Cousins' 15-part documentary.

Barbed Wire: 'Getaway'

  • By Steve Greene
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  • August 29, 2013 3:28 PM
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"You can tell how restless he is by the fact that he wears a hat for a lot of the beginning of the movie. Nothing says a movie star has given up like wearing a hat."

In Richard Curtis' 'About Time,' It's Not the Romance That Works

  • By Laya Maheshwari
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  • August 26, 2013 3:37 PM
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In the 'Notting Hill' auteur's time-traveling rom-com, the romance fizzles but father-son tenderness hits home.

'Breaking Bad' Watch: In "Confessions," Coming Clean and Getting Dirty

  • By Sam Adams
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  • August 26, 2013 12:48 PM
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Walt comes clean, and things get dirty.

Criticwire Survey: Binge-Watching for the Summer Doldrums

  • By Sam Adams
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  • August 26, 2013 11:19 AM
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Critics offer their suggestions for TV shows to mainline during the summer movie doldrums.

In 'Shivers' and 'What Now? Remind Me,' Mortality and the Prison of the Mind

  • August 22, 2013 12:17 PM
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A daring and undaunted film has been awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Locarno Film Festival this past weekend: it is Joaquim Pinto's new film E Agora? Lembra-me ("What Now? Remind Me"). When I first watched it at the beginning of the festival, I left the screening room in a haze, the film was so rich and dense, I couldn't figure out where to begin. It has been haunting me since, for rarely have I seen on screen such strong exposure of an artist's thoughts.

Among Locarno's Short Films, Vodka and Sorcerers

  • August 21, 2013 2:00 PM
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One of the best films I saw at Locarno Film Festival this year was a mere 20 minutes long. Part of the Fuori concorso Shorts section, The Green Serpent: Of Vodka, Men and Distilled Dreams (a Swiss-Russian co-production) documents the merits and demerits that vodka holds for three Russian men -- actor Aleksandr Bashirov, poet Mstislav Biserov and physicist Nikolai Mikhailovich Budnev. Written, directed and co-produced by Benny Jaberg, the film had me in stitches as it repeatedly nailed, with both poignancy and hilarity, that relatable contradiction that follows an alcohol binge: emotional fragility and a sympathy for something as banal as a fluffy pet on the one hand, and a desire to see humankind annihilated on the other. Receiving its world premiere at Locarno, Jaberg's film is also a coincidental ode to the recently deceased Russian filmmaker Alexey Balabanov, whose last film Me Too (2012) also saw a trio of vodka-swilling men in a doomed pursuit of happiness.

Talent to Burn in Locarno's New "Signs of Life" Section

  • August 21, 2013 1:00 PM
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New films from Ben Rivers and Ben Russell, Raya Martin, James Fotoupolos, Luis Lopez Carrasco and Lorenz Merz