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

    From the enforced unity of North Korea to the crumbling world of the former Soviet Union.

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    Review: Alex Gibney's Fela Kuti Documentary 'Finding Fela!'

    The legendary musician, producer, innovator and thinker Brian Eno once famously called the Nigerian Afrobeat meter one of the three greatest drumbeats of the 1970s (along with Germany’s propulsive Motorik pulse and James Brown's Stubblefield-driven funky drummer groove). And Eno's early declarations...

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    Review: Philippe Garrel's 'Jealousy' Starring Louis Garrel and Anna Mouglalis

    With its black-and-white cinematography and casting of his son as the lead, Philippe Garrel’s “Jealousy” (“La Jealousie”) feels remarkably personal and intimate. But that’s as it should be, given that Philippe Garrel based the script on his own father’s relationships. Louis Garrel stars as Louis, a ...

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    Review: Football Doc 'We Could Be King' Makes A Good Run For The Goal Line

    For many communities in the U.S., like those depicted in "Friday Night Lights," football is a kind of religion as much as it is commerce, a national pasttime turned into weekly spectacle around which entire cities and towns live and breathe. But in the inner city, football offers hope, a chance to s...

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

    Charlie Chaplin bemoaned humanity ground down inside the machine, but on China's railways, we're just along for the ride.

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    'The Iron Ministry' and 'Horse Money': Of Non-Places and Men

    New movies from Pedro Costa and J.P. Sniadecki find themselves everywhere and nowhere.

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    Review & Roundup: 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' Is Black, White and Flat All Over

    Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez's "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" promises more sex, violence, shadows and noir-y intrigue. As for the notices so far? Well, let's just say that the critics aren't finding the color palette the only thing about the film that's monotone.

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    Review: 'If I Stay' Starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Jamie Blackley, Mireille Enos and Stacy Keach

    Based on Gayle Forman’s bestselling teen novel, “If I Stay” should certainly appeal to its target demo. It alternately seems engineered for tears, giggles and swoons, and it shouldn’t have an issue with making adolescent girls, go through all of those in turn. Chloë Grace Moretz’s Mia Hall is an ide...

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    'Sin City' Reviews: The Dame's to Kill For, the Movie Less So

    Early reviews have praised Eva Green's turn in "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For." The rest of it? Not so much.

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    Criticwire Classic of the Week: Steven Soderbergh's 'Sex, lies, and videotape'

    Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the film that kicked off, Steven Soderbergh's career, the American indie film boom and James Spader's long run of playing perverts.

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