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Sushi: The Global Catch

Director Mark S. Hall begins his documentary by focusing on the traditions and history of raw-fish preparation, as demonstrated by Mamoru Sugiyama, master chef at Tokyo's Sushiko Restaurant.
Mark S. Hall's documentary
By BRETT MICHEL  |  August 24, 2012
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Review: Sparkle

There have been worse swan songs committed to film, but Salim Akil's reinterpretation of the 1976 musical drama leaves much to be desired, since the meteoric rise and fall of a three-piece girl group is now well-tread, Oscar-nominated territory.
Salim Akil's reinterpretation of the 1976 musical drama
By MONICA CASTILLO  |  August 24, 2012
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Review: Hit & Run

Are Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard destined for the ill-fated end that befalls most onscreen-and-offscreen couples?
Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard star in this rom-com/heist
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  August 24, 2012
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Review: Oslo, August 31

Thirty-four-year-old Anders considers himself "a spoiled brat who fucked up."
Surveying a failed life
By BRETT MICHEL  |  August 24, 2012
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Review: Prometheus

The best films in the Alien series, Ridley Scott's original and James Cameron's pluralized follow-up, didn't bother much with pondering the meaning of it all. The only film that did so, Alien 3 , is the worst.
Ridley Scott's monumental and busy return
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 08, 2012
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An interview with director Eric Toledano

While The Artist was busy scooping up accolades, adoration, and Oscars stateside, another film was busy winning the hearts and standing ovations of France.
Talking Intouchables
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  June 01, 2012


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Review: Damsels in DIstress

Damsels in Distress , writer-director Whit Stillman's first film in 13 years, is a comedic fable set at a fictional college in the East at some indeterminate time that seems like the present but might as well not be.
Whit Stillman's first film in 13 years
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  April 20, 2012
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Review: Burn: One Year on the Front Line of the Battle to Save Detroit

In case you haven't heard, Detroit is in shambles — 39 percent unemployment, 50 percent illiteracy.
BURN takes on Detroit
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 20, 2012
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Review: God Bless America

The latest dark comedy from Bobcat Goldthwait tackles both vapid celebrity culture (i.e., Paris Hilton, the Kardashians and American Idol) and the indignity of being an office drone.
Bobcat Goldthwait's best work yet
By TOM MEEK  |  April 20, 2012
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Review: Think Like A Man

I guess you can never judge a book by its cover, even if it is Steve Harvey's obnoxiously titled Act like a Lady, Think like a Man.
Cleverer than your average rom-com
By MONICA CASTILLO  |  April 20, 2012
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Review: The Three Stooges

The Farrelly Brothers' Three Stooges pastiche, while not poifect, is funny and faithful, recreating slap-shtick (and sound effects!) and adding sharp one-liners.
Funny and faithful
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  April 20, 2012


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Review: Marley

After two-and-half hours of hagiography, talking heads, archival footage, still photos, and snatches of his songs, Bob Marley remains elusive in Kevin Macdonald's documentary.
Bob Marley remains elusive
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 20, 2012
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Review: To the Arctic

Heart-wrenching footage of polar cubs wrestling and caribou mothers pushing their young to higher ground isn't necessary to educate the viewer on the thoroughly depressing domino effect of melting sea ice. But hot damn, does it help.
The Arctic is still melting, people
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  April 20, 2012
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Review: Monsieur Lazhar

A Montreal elementary school is traumatized by a suicide in the classroom of a popular instructor.
Subtle, wise, and beautifully rendered
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 20, 2012
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Review: A Simple Life

The most sensitive and heartbreaking depiction of old age since Korean director Lee Chang-dong's Poetry, Hong Kong filmmaker Ann Hui's aptly titled account of the slow decline of a beloved housekeeper doesn't involve violent crime like Lee's film, but do
Ann Hui's aptly titled film
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 14, 2012
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Review: Goon

A Slapshot-worshipping, proudly raunchy ode to hockey's enforcers, Goon repeats a mock-poetic motif of blood and teeth wafting slo-mo towards the ice.
Ode to the brawl
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  April 13, 2012


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Review: Hipsters

The first Russian musical in half a century, Valery Todorovsky's Hipsters gets rubles for trying, but what's on screen is thin and obvious, the characters one-dimensional, the musical numbers and satire vapid.
Nice try, Russian musical
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 13, 2012
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Review: The Dish & the Spoon

Dumped by her husband, an enraged young woman, Rose (Greta Gerwig), drives around coastal towns in the Delaware winter swearing revenge against her straying spouse and an ill fate for the gal who lured him away.
Chance indie encounters
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 13, 2012
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Review: The Lady

In addition to making dumb action flicks, Luc Besson has another hobby — turning the lives of valiant women into mediocre movies.
The life of Aung San Suu Kyi falls prey to Luc Besson's filmmaking
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 13, 2012
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Review: American Reunion

Just as predictable and appetizing as Jason Biggs's penis in a pie, the newest addition to the raunchy American Pie franchise comes to audiences half-baked by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg.
The Pie returns
By MONICA CASTILLO  |  April 13, 2012
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Review: Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day

Kari Ames (Sharon Leal) has it all: a handsome professor husband (Blair Underwood), an adorable six-year-old (Zoe Carter), and a sweet home in New Orleans' Garden District.
Wound tight
By ANN LEWINSON  |  April 13, 2012


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Review: L!fe Happens

In the opening scene of Kat Coiro's comedy, roommates Kim (Krysten Ritter) and Deena (Kate Bosworth), eager one-night stands waiting in their beds, both reach for a condom in the communal stash. But only one remains, and Deena grabs it.
Not much happening in L!fe Happens
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 13, 2012
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Review: The Cabin in the Woods

Youth will be served — as victims — in three movies in the theaters this week (four if you include the re-release of Titanic in 3D): The Hunger Games, Bully, and The Cabin in the Woods, the last being the most ingenious, entertaining, and sadistic.
Down the rabbit hole -- er, cabin
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 13, 2012
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Review: Bully

The MPAA claims to have given Lee Hirsch's well-intended but disappointingly perfunctory documentary about the bullying epidemic an "R" rating because of a couple of common expletives.
Stuck in the schoolyard
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 13, 2012
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Review: Detention

A knife-wielding maniac plots his exploits off of a popular slasher film.   If you were to call out Joseph Kahn for unabashedly ripping this plot straight from Scream 2 , he'd probably take it as a compliment.
The Breakfast Club meets Scream 2
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  April 13, 2012
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Review: Blue Like Jazz

A faith-based film directed by Christian recording artist Steve Taylor, adapted by Taylor and Donald Miller from the latter's 2003 memoir, this micro-budgeted indie tries to appeal to everyone by not offending anyone . . . except those who like movies.
Out of tune
By BRETT MICHEL  |  April 13, 2012


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Review: The Deep Blue Sea

Like a bad dream trapped in amber, Terence Davies's studied film adaptation of Terence Rattigan's famous 1952 play is both spectrally beautiful and frozen in self-regard.
A bad dream trapped in amber
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  March 30, 2012
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Review: Boy

On the picturesque coast of New Zealand in 1984, the 11-year-old Maori kid of the title (James Rolleston) lives the life of Huck Finn, though with more responsibilities.
Huck Finn in New Zealand
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 30, 2012
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Review: The Raid: Redemption

Everything that American directors do wrong in action movies, Gareth Huw Evans does right in this cop thriller.
Cop thriller done right
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 30, 2012
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Review: The Kid with a Bike French

This Grand Prix winner at Cannes 2011 is among the best films by Belgium's Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne.
Warmth in juvenile delinquency
By GERALD PEARY  |  March 30, 2012