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As 'Nymphomaniac' Provokes, von Trier and Leth's Masterful 'Five Obstructions' Gets DVD Rerelease

At the same time that the impish Lars von Trier is busy offending, affronting, provoking and outraging audiences with “Nymphomaniacs” I and II, Kino Lorber has chosen to re-release one of the films that got a lot of people excited about von Trier in the first place: “The Five Obstructions.”
  • By John Anderson
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  • April 1, 2014 11:32 AM
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Review: Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac: Volume II'

In the grim second volume of Lars von Trier's erotic epic "Nymphomaniac," the great Dane dares us once again to sympathize with a morally monstrous antiheroine -- here, in the form of Joe, as played by Charlotte Gainsbourg, who's game for anything and everything for the role. Watch it now on VOD before it hits theaters April 4.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 31, 2014 3:50 PM
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Why Ten Years Later, Jonathan Glazer's 'Birth' Is Still a Masterpiece

Ten years after its premiere at the Venice Film Festival in 2004, Jonathan Glazer's "Birth" remains as powerfully mysterious as ever. With his long-awaited followup "Under the Skin" hitting theaters this Friday, it's time to dust off "Birth" for careful, critical reconsideration.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 31, 2014 3:23 PM
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Review: Chris Eska's Meditative, Slow-Burn Civil War Drama 'The Retrieval'

Chris Eska’s beautifully made Civil War drama “The Retrieval,” which opens at Film Forum April 2, is a quietly stirring journey into America’s ravaged heartland of 1864. It follows three black men, two fully grown and one barely on the cusp of adolescence, as they walk North and navigate the complexities of survival, self-interest and slowly emerging friendship.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 31, 2014 3:08 PM
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What Critics Are Saying About the Season Four Premiere of 'Game Of Thrones' (TRAILER)

First reviews for the season four premiere of HBO's sword-and-sandals epic "Game of Thrones" are in. The episode, fitfully titled "Two Swords," debuts on HBO April 6.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 31, 2014 2:07 PM
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Career Watch: Will ‘Noah’ Prove a Blessing for Russell Crowe?

Russell Crowe has often proved his own worst enemy over the years, but "Noah" proves that he's still a major movie star. Can he get out of his own way?
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • March 31, 2014 1:48 PM
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Review: Smart Horror Flick '13 Sins' Tests Our Moral Mettle (TRAILER)

Smart horror flick "13 Sins" asks what would we do for the right price? Or even the “right” reasons?
  • By John Anderson
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  • March 31, 2014 11:48 AM
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Best of the Week: Splashy 'Noah,' Sexy Scarlett, Shifting Media Landscape and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • March 29, 2014 2:21 PM
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'The Raid 2': A Fight Between So Cool and Way Too Long (NYT VIDEO)

Gareth Evans' "The Raid 2," which debuted to much internet fanfare at this past Sundance, is at once hypnotically kinetic and groaningly overlong. Indeed, that's the main fight being fought in the film -- between its terrific, fast-paced action sequences and its dragging plot setup.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 28, 2014 2:16 PM
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This Weekend, See Aronofsky's Splashy Epic 'Noah,' and Dry Off With a Few Indies

"Noah," Darren Aronofsky's costly, epic deluge of gritty visual splendor and waterlogged actors, is like no Bible you've ever read. After the film floods theaters Friday, it's up to audiences to decide if all the efforts of this once-indie filmmaker were worth the trouble.
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  • March 27, 2014 5:37 PM
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