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    REVIEW | Death, Marriage, & John Cameron Mitchell: Eckhart and Kidman Sustain "Rabbit Hole"

    The outlandish inventiveness of John Cameron Mitchell's previous films are barely discernible in "Rabbit Hole," a relatively tame but nonetheless admirable drama sustained by convincing performances and steady direction. Compared to "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" and "Shortbus," the aims of "Rabbit Hol...

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    REVIEW | Stage Fright: Ry Russo-Young's "You Wont Miss Me"

    Ry Russo-Young's "You Wont Miss Me" wound up in the experimental New Frontiers section at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009, and won the Best Film Coming to a Theater Near You prize at the Gotham Awards that fall. It arrives in limited release nearly two years after the initial premiere with a long trail of responses that speak to its divisive nature. Is Russo-Young's sophomore feature a feeble collection of "pointless pseudo-Cassavetes stumblings-mumblings," as Robert Koehler complained in Cinemascope, or "a film about the inner life of a beautiful, troubled young lady without the objectifying filter of the male gaze," per former Spout crit...

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    REVIEW | The Bourne Identity: "Hemingway's Garden of Eden"

    "Everything is right until it's wrong," says one character in "Hemingway's Garden of Eden," and smirks. "You'll know when it's wrong." The line has been lifted verbatim from the source, Ernest Hemingway's enigmatic and allegedly autobiographical novel published a quarter century after his death. But...

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    REVIEW | Lords of the Ring: David O. Russell's "The Fighter"

    Wildly uneven and about as entertaining, "The Fighter" is committed to the rambunctious masculine energy of the boxing ring. Sustained by a triple threat of performances by Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Amy Adams, David O. Russell's dramatization of star boxing brothers "Irish" Mickey Ward (Wahl...

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    Small Screen | "Inception," "Wishful Drinking," and Hugh Hefner Make for a Fun Week

    From Leonardo Dicaprio's turn as a dream worker to Carrie Fisher on stage and a profile of Hugh Hefner, this week's at-home lineup will do plenty to keep you warm this week. Here's this week's top 5 in DVD/Blu-Ray, VOD, and TV.

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    Big Screen | This Week's Top 5: "Shoah," "The Fighter," Thessaloniki and More

    Each week here at indieWIRE, five recommendations for theatrical viewing pleasure are being offered up, tackling everything from new releases, to film festivals, to curated series and events around North America. This week, a re-release of one of the greatest docs of all time, Greece's premiere film...

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    Eternal Holocaust: At 25, "Shoah" Ages, But Doesn’t Go Stale

    Claude Lanzmann doesn’t want to speak to me. The now-legendary French director of “Shoah,” a nine-and-half hour chronicle of the systematic murdering process behind Hitler’s Final Solution, has been doing interviews all day from a hotel room in lower Manhattan. He was 60 when “Shoah” hit theaters in 1985 and quickly gained status as the quintessential Holocaust documentary; now, at 85, he can’t hear too well, his English skills have started to wane, and his threshold for conversation has apparently diminished as well. Moments before I enter the room, he decides he's done for the day. The filmmaker, like the subject of his most famous movie, c...

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    film review: BLACK SWAN

    Evaluating any movie is a matter of personal taste. Filmmakers who deal in the extreme naturally provoke extreme reactions. That’s my way of saying that I couldn’t stand Black Swan. In fact, I had a violent response to the film, which I saw in its debut screening at the Telluride Film...

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    December Preview: The 5 Must-See Films

    This December is about to offer quite the selection to movie-goers, as made clear by the films listed on indieWIRE's calendar. Typically the month where specialty divisions and indie distributors save their big Oscar hopefuls (though October and November certainly had some as well), its an overwhelm...

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    Small Screen | Move Over "Twilight," Disney Films & Clarkson-Starrer Also on DVD and Blu-Ray

    While the new "Twilight" film on DVD may "eclipse" the indies and smaller films this week (and let's not forget the Nic Cage fantasy "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"), there's still a notable list of films headed to the home market this Tuesday. Here's indieWIRE's top five for this week:

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