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    Review: An Unwieldy ‘The Five-Year Engagement’ Is Still Endearing, Funny & Smart

    Funny, touching and occasionally dramatic, Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller’s charming “The Five Year Engagement” falls just short of the modern-day comedy classic category, and yet is deeply entertaining, genuinely amusing and satisfying in the way most shaggy-dog, two-hour-plus c...

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    Greta Gerwig Salvages Daryl Wein's Generally Forgettable 'Lola Versus'

    "Lola Versus" is directed by Daryl Wein and co-written by his partner Zoe Lister-Jones, but the its real auteur is Greta Gerwig. The actress plays the title character as if her career depended on it -- which it doesn't, but the movie does. Gerwig singlehanded carries this blithe, gener...

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    TRIBECA REVIEW: How 'Rubberneck' and 'Supporting Characters' Illustrate the Versatility of Alex Karpovsky

    TRIBECA REVIEW: How 'Rubberneck' and 'Supporting Characters' Illustrate the Versatility of Alex Karpovsky

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    The Top 5 Documentaries at Tribeca

    "The docs are good," says one industry insider, on two separate occasions, as I pass them by during the Tribeca Fest over the past few days. Indeed, I saw a handful of the nonfiction competition films at the fest, and I can confidently say that six were strong. I saw two dramatic film...

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    Review: 'Citizen Gangster' Hits All The Familiar Notes Of The Bank Robber Subgenre

    Edwin Alonzo Boyd was one of Canada’s prominent bank robbers following World War II. A splashy, glamorous war vet with a flair for theatrics, he managed to swindle several financial institutions in between two daring prison breaks, all in the name of his wife and children. And yet, the reason why th...

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    Review: Discovering People Like Dirty Sex Breaks Juliette Binoche's Brain In 'Elles'

    We live in a pretty progressive time where fetishes and other various sexual peccadillos are common knowledge if not comfortably discussed. But in Malgoska Szumowska’s weirdly old fashioned, quasi made-for-TV "Elles," Anne (Juliette Binoche) nearly has a nervous breakdown while resea...

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    Tribeca Review: Troubling Doc 'Sexy Baby' Looks At The Indoctrination Of Women Into A Porn-Centric World

    “Sexy Baby,” a new documentary premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival, is problematic from it’s early, explicit pornographic sequences to its bewildering final shot close-up of an actual newborn baby. Ostensibly, the narrator-less film uses the stories of three separate white girls to illustrate th...

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    Review: 'Keep The Lights On' A Moving & Engrossing Chronicle Of Two Men In Love

    With "Keep the Lights On," co-writer/director Ira Sachs has made a triumphant return to Sundance. His latest drama is a beautiful exploration of a relationship’s progression from start to finish. With great tact and depth of feeling, Sachs shows us that the most remarkable thing about any relationsh...

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    Criticwire Picks: "Sound of My Voice" is Ready to Initiate

    Last year, actress Brit Marling co-wrote and starred in “Another Earth,” a film that opened in theaters a year after premiering at Sundance. The pattern continues nine months later with “Sound of My Voice,” a mysterious offering that’s actually rated higher than it...

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    Tribeca Review: Shouted, Not Stirred: The Imperturbable James Franco

    James Franco is inescapable. The actor/writer/student/etc. is to movies what the recently deceased NY Met Gary Carter was to paid endorsements. He’s everywhere.

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