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Review: In the Loop

Six years ago, Armando Iannucci's slick and merciless political satire might have drawn more blood, but even now it blows away the recent satiric competition with its sharp, sardonic screenplay and uncompromising cynicism.
Armando Iannucci wags the war
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 24, 2009
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Review: Shooting Beauty

Sometimes just being a gifted artist doesn't mean you're the right person to tell the story.
Compassionate, and without pity
By TOM MEEK  |  April 17, 2009
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Review: Trinidad

In contrast to its eloquent subjects, director P.J. Raval's documentary about Trinidad, Colorado — the "Sex Change Capital of the World" — seems uncertain about its aspirations.
Vacillates between revelation and reality-show shtick
By ALICIA POTTER  |  April 17, 2009
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Review: Still Walking

By now, it's a bit of a cliché to compare the work of Hirokazu Koreeda to the masterful films of Yasujiro Ozu — something of which I've certainly been guilty.
Delightful
By BRETT MICHEL  |  April 17, 2009
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Review: Pontypool

Bruce McDonald's ambitious shaggy-dog story combining elements of Talk Radio , William Burroughs, and Night of the Living Dead succeeds about as well as could be expected.
Bruce McDonald deserves some credit for trying
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 17, 2009
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Review: World's Greatest Dad

Robin Williams is Will Hunting good in Bobcat Goldthwait's dark comedy about a failed novelist whose fantasy of becoming a literary lion comes true in a way that's just plain wrong.
You've read the mug — now see the movie!
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  April 17, 2009


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Review: Of All the Things

Dennis Lambert may be the biggest hit machine you never heard of.
A touching portrait of a forgotten songwriter
By TOM MEEK  |  April 17, 2009
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Review: Nollywood Babylon

You may have never heard of Living in Bondage , Desperate Billionaire , or any other works coming out of Nigeria's exploding homegrown film scene, but Nollywood has become the world's third-largest movie industry.
Covering vast territory at breakneck speed
By SHAULA CLARK  |  April 17, 2009
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Review: Mine

Early in Geralyn Pezanoski's documentary, a news clip shows George Bush proclaiming, "The world saw this tidal wave of disaster descend upon the Gulf Coast, and now they're gonna see a tidal wave of compassion."
Watch, animal lovers, and be stupefied.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  April 17, 2009
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Review: For the Love of Movies

Like Trekkies and other documentaries that examine what makes particular nerd legions tick, For the Love of Movies beams viewers to a planet that outsiders only think they know about.
Why do some people get to watch movies for a living?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 17, 2009
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Review: The Lost Son of Havana

Red Sox legend Luis Tiant left his native Cuba for pro baseball in 1961 and hadn't been back in 46 years.
A fascinating look inside Cuba
By TOM MEEK  |  April 17, 2009


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Review: We Live in Public

Josh Harris might not have contributed as much to the Internet as Al Gore, but as Ondi Timoner's lively and chilling documentary reveals, he did embody its excesses of narcissism and puerility and its delusions of grandeur.
Call it Woodstock crossed with Salò and The Real World
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 17, 2009
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Review: Trust Us This Is All Made Up

“Trust us, this is all made up,” begins TJ Jagodowski, addressing a capacity crowd at New York’s Barrow Street Theater.
But should we trust them?
By BRETT MICHEL  |  April 17, 2009
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Review: Children of Invention

Chun's is an eloquent and restrained study of the fine line between respectability and desperation.
Powerfully moving and rigorously intelligent
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 17, 2009
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Review: Invisible Girlfriend

Does this documentary from David Redmon and Ashley Sabin exploit its subject? You'll be tempted to say yes.
Surreal
By BRETT MICHEL  |  April 17, 2009
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Review: In The Loop

Six years ago, Armando Iannucci's slick and merciless satire might have drawn more blood, but even now it blows away the recent competition with its sharp, sardonic dialogue and uncompromising cynicism.
A  Doctor Strangelove for the Iraq War
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 17, 2009


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Review: That Evening Sun

Scott Teems's faux Faulkner melodrama scores for cinematography but falls short in originality and character development.
Illuminating familiar ground
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 17, 2009
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Review: Crude

Joe Berlinger returns with a documentary that follows through on the promise of 1992's Brother's Keeper .
Quietly compelling
By BRET MICHEL  |  April 15, 2009