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    Telluride Review: Nick Broomfield's Powerful 'Tales of the Grim Sleeper' Puts a Serial Killer in Unique Light

    Four years ago, a notorious serial killer in South Los Angeles was finally captured. But filmmaker Nick Broomfield argues that the story hasn't ended yet.

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    Venice Review: David Gordon Green's 'Manglehorn' Starring Al Pacino, Harmony Korine, Chris Messina And Holly Hunter

    A bee's nest beneath a mailbox. A boat bedecked in copies of a photograph. A cat who’s swallowed a key. A mime, a buffet, an earthquake, a multi-vehicle car accident inexplicably strewn with smashed watermelons. David Gordon Green’s slow, indulgent but fathomless “Manglehorn” contains all of these m...

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    Review: ‘The Two Faces of January,’ Starring Oscar Isaac and Viggo Mortensen, Is Not Your Typical Patricia Highsmith Adaptation

    Today's pick for Time Warner Cable's Indie Film Month is "The Two Faces of January." Here's our review of the film, which stars Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac.

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    Why Whit Stillman's Work Endures After All These Similar Movies: On THE COSMOPOLITANS

    There are plenty of reasons not to watch "The Cosmopolitans." However, in a climate in which concepts are important in films and TV shows, and original concepts sell (and why shouldn’t they?), making work in which problems are local, dialogue is clever, and no one moves terribly quickly takes courag...

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    Venice Review: Al Pacino Excels in Barry Levinson's Otherwise Troubled 'The Humbling'

    The legendary actor harkens back to better times in his career via this uneven adaptation of Philip Roth's penultimate novel.

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    Venice Review: South Korea Gets a Firm Critique (As Does the World) in Kim Ki-Duk's 'One on One'

    The South Korean provocateur offers one of his weaker efforts, but his revenge thriller isn't devoid of a purpose.

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    Telluride Review: Reese Witherspoon Finds Nature, Catharsis in the Sentimental 'Wild'

    Jean-Marc Vallée's adaptation of the bestselling hiking tale has beautiful visuals and a great central performance, but doesn't trust those ingredients to carry the story.

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    Oppenheimer's 'Look of Silence' & Seidl's 'In the Basement' Shock Venice

    Two years ago, after the Berlinale premiere of Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Act of Killing,” the audience sat silently, shocked and benumbed by what they’d seen. Thursday night’s public screening of his new film, “The Look of Silence,” brought a completely different kind of reaction to a nearly full Sa...

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    'Wild' Screens For the First Time on Telluride Opening Day (REVIEW)

    The Telluride Film Festival opened with Reese Witherspoon hiking adventure "Wild," from the director of "Dallas Buyer's Club."

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    Venice Review: Barry Levinson’s ‘The Humbling’ With Al Pacino And Greta Gerwig

    "Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything" is a line from Shakespeare's description of the final stage of life made famous in the "All the world's a stage" monologue from "As You Like It." It is quoted early on in Barry Levinson’s incoherent adaptation of what is by most accounts a substan...

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