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The Sky Turns

The Sky Turns

Jesse Cataldo February 17, 2011 0

The Sky Turns Dir: Mercedes Álvarez Rating: 3.6/5.0 Anthology Film Archives 108 Minutes The town of Aldealseñor has been inhabited for a thousand years, or longer, tucked into the green hills of northern Spain,

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The 2011 Academy Award-Nominated Shorts: Animated

The 2011 Academy Award-Nominated Shorts: Animated

David Harris February 16, 2011 0

Just because something is short and animated doesn’t mean it’s less important than longer, live action films. This year, the five films nominated for Best Animated Short are just as poignant, funny, touching and

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Isolée: Well Spent Youth

Isolée: Well Spent Youth

Danny Djeljosevic February 15, 2011 0

Isolée Well Spent Youth Rating: 3.3/5.0 Label: Pampa Listening to Well Spent Youth, I should have assumed Isolée (a.k.a. Rajko Müller) was German. Not to be obtuse or obvious, but there’s a Kraftwerkiness to

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The 2011 Academy Award-Nominated Shorts: Live Action

The 2011 Academy Award-Nominated Shorts: Live Action

David Harris February 15, 2011 0

As a writer of fiction, I find the short story a frustrating medium. In a span of mere pages, you have to create full-blooded characters, produce a dilemma, rising action and resolution. Or you

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Poetry

Poetry

Jesse Cataldo February 14, 2011 0

Poetry Dir: Lee Chang-dong Rating: 4.4/5.0 Kino Lorber 139 Minutes So much of Lee Chang-dong’s Poetry is defined by ugliness, or by the stamp left by such nastiness on an otherwise pleasant life, that

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Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids

Andrei Alupului February 13, 2011 0

Cedar Rapids Dir: Miguel Arteta Rating: 3.9/5.0 Fox Searchlight Pictures 86 Minutes Cedar Rapids is a film that’s perfectly capable of sneaking right past you, a gentle, unassuming raunchy comedy that doesn’t quite get

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The Eagle

The Eagle

Joe Clinkenbeard February 10, 2011 0

The Eagle Dir: Kevin Macdonald Rating: 2.3/5.0 Focus Features 114 Minutes Kevin Macdonald’s The Eagle, set in 140 C.E. in modern-day Scotland, tracks Roman veteran Marcus Aquila (Channing Tatum) as he and a Celtic

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The Other Woman

The Other Woman

Lauren Westerfield February 9, 2011 0

The Other Woman Dir: Don Roos Rating: 3.6/5.0 IFC Films 119 Minutes To explore the “other side” of adultery is a delicate cinematic operation, one that requires expert and precise handling of love, loyalty,

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Cold Weather

Cold Weather

Andrei Alupului February 8, 2011 0

Cold Weather Dir: Aaron Katz Rating: 3.0/5.0 IFC Films 96 Minutes Aaron Katz’ understated, passive mystery film, Cold Weather, is a story about the lonely struggles of a waffler in a world that is

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How I Ended This Summer

How I Ended This Summer

Dan Seeger February 7, 2011 0

How I Ended This Summer Dir: Aleksei Popogrebsky Rating: 3.3/5.0 Film Movement 124 Minutes How I Ended This Summer primarily features two characters, the only inhabitants of an isolated weather station on a Russian-controlled

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