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    movie review: The Lincoln Lawyer

    'The Lincoln Lawyer' is a well-crafted, well-cast adaptation of Michael Connelly’s best-selling novel, shot on interesting Los Angeles locations. It’s a crime thriller with whodunit overtones, and there are twists right to the very end. So why isn’t it better?

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    Pentagram Singer Bobby Liebling Profiled in "Last Days Here"

    Editor's note: This review was originally published during the 2011 SXSW Film Festival. "Last Days Here" opens in limited release this Friday.

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    SXSW REVIEW | Despite A Loony Mel Gibson, "The Beaver" Is a Tame Dramatic Affair

    Despite a ludicrous set-up based around one of the most outlandish performances of Mel Gibson's career, "The Beaver" is a tame, leisurely drama that neither provides the beleaguered actor with decisive comeback material nor further muddies his tarnished image. As directed by Jodie Foster from the sc...

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    SXSW REVIEW | Sophia Takal's "Green" Has Eerie Sexual Dynamics, But Stops Short of Being A Thriller

    As a quiet, tense and near-experimental sexual thriller, "Green" is effectively haunting. However, writer-director-star Sophie Takal doesn't provide the full-bodied story needed to make its tantalizing ideas come together. Nonetheless, "Green" announces the arrival of a young storyteller with a dist...

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    SXSW REVIEW | Prankster Director Becomes Fake Guru In Controversial "Kumaré"

    In 2010, Indian-American filmmaker Virkam Gandhi went to Phoenix and invented a spiritual workshop from scratch. That's the premise of "Kumaré," a documentary that Gandhi assembled out of his experience, in which he created a fake spiritual guru, replete with heavy accent, far-out proclamations, and...

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    Small Screen (DVD/Blu-ray): "Waste Land," "The Fighter," 2 Criterion Releases & More

    This week on DVD and Blu-ray the Oscar-nominated doc "Waste Land" lands, two classics get the deluxe Criterion treatment and Clint Eastwood takes a journey to the afterlife .

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    SXSW REVIEW | SXFantastic Titles "Kill List" and "The FP" Bring Giddy Satisfaction

    SXSW is known for its rambunctious vibe, but nowhere is it wilder than in the SXFantastic section. A genre-heavy slate of five films programmed by Fantastic Fest and Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League, this sidebar of midnight titles has quickly developed a reputation for crowdpleasers. (Last ...

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    SXSW REVIEW | Gay Romance "Weekend" Deserves Its SXSW Breakout Status

    Writer-director Andrew Haigh's British drama "Weekend" depicts a fleeting romantic encounter with delicacy and philosophical depth, but its chief appeal is simplicity. Revolving around a brief affair between two young men with vastly different perspectives on life, the film operates on a familiar dy...

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    SXSW '11 | indieWIRE's Reviews and the Best Links From Around The Web

    The 2011 SXSW Film Conference and Festival officially kicked off last week in Austin and the indieWIRE team has been on the scene to report on all the happenings at the event. Below find a list of indieWIRE's SXSW film reviews thus far, along with links to news and reviews posted by our friends at o...

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    Conan O'Brien and Kevin Gant Featured in Compelling SXSW Docs

    Two vastly different performers are at the center of documentaries at SXSW this year, although they share a common ground in the need to keep going at all costs.

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