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    'The Boxtrolls' Reviews: 'Flipping Excellent' or 'A Charmless Misfire?'

    Laika's latest has split critics at Venice, with reactions ranging from glowing to deeply disappointed.

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    Telluride Review: ‘Madame Bovary’ Starring Mia Wasikowska, Ezra Miller, Paul Giamatti & Rhys Ifans

    It is not prerequisite that the period costume drama needs a hook, but it certainly doesn’t hurt. Joe Wright’s stylish “Anna Karenina” dazzled with a theatrical approach, and Andrea Arnold’s “Wuthering Heights” employed an austere commitment to form coupled with an expressively Malick-ian appreciati...

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    'The Look of Silence' Reviews: A Worthy Companion to 'The Act of Killing,' or 'The Best Nonfiction Film Ever Made'?

    Joshua Oppenheimer's follow-up to his 2012 gut-wrencher is more conventional but equally harrowing.

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    Telluride Review: Ophir Award Nominee 'Dancing Arabs'

    "Dancing Arabs" indulges in a peculiar kind of late ‘80s/early ‘90s nostalgia: a fond wistfulness for a time in the Middle East when Jews and Arabs mostly despised each other, but actual casualties from terrorism or reprisals were few… friendships across the racial/religious divide were more common…...

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    Telluride Review: Nick Broomfield's 'Tales Of The Grim Sleeper'

    Nick Broomfield’s new documentary is a little bit "Dateline," a little bit Ferguson. "Tales of the Grim Sleeper" offers up the identity of the titular serial killer in the opening minutes, but it still revolves around a whodunit. Or, really, a who-didn’t-do-anything, since the movie’s central myster...

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    Venice Review: Roy Andersson's 'A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence'

    Unlike stupid real Christmas, cinephile Christmas only comes every eight years or so. That’s how long it's taken Swedish legend Roy Andersson to mount each of the films in his “trilogy about being a human being.” This morning in Venice, however, when we checked under the tree, there it was: the fina...

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    Venice Review: Larry Clark’s ‘The Smell Of Us’ Featuring Michael Pitt... And Larry Clark

    A prime example of what we’ve just now dubbed “le cinema du entre-jambes,” or “crotch cinema,” Larry Clark’s “The Smell of Us” is a film so horrible it manages to significantly outdo the repulsiveness of its title. Having waded through Clark’s entire back catalogue some time ago (the things we do fo...

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    Telluride Review: Martin Scorsese's 'The 50 Year Argument'

    One of the greater pleasures of watching "The 50 Year Argument," a new documentary about the history of the New York Review of Books, is anticipating its HBO premiere on Sept. 29th and imagining just how torturous this saga of a venerable literary journal might be for anyone who chanced upon the cha...

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    Telluride Review: 'Escobar: Paradise Lost' Starring Benicio Del Toro And Josh Hutcherson

    You know that deeply anxious expression that Josh Hutcherson wears throughout "The Hunger Games" movies? Well, if you’re a fan of his trademark chagrined countenance, you get a whole lot more of it in "Escobar: Paradise Lost," where his character has a pretty good reason for near-constant concern. I...

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    Venice Review: Fatih Akin's 'The Cut' Falls Short of Its Ambition

    The Armenian genocide is explored with mixed results, but takes place on a grander scale than anything else in Akin's career to date.

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