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Review: Monte Carlo

The latest tween pabulum features Selena Gomez in two roles, which is awkward because she only has one and a half expressions.
Awkward limitations
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  July 08, 2011
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Review: Viva Riva!

One thing about Djo Tunda Wa Munga's plucky Third World noir: it never slows down.
A gritty get-down
By TOM MEEK  |  July 08, 2011
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Review: Just Like Us

This brainchild of Egyptian-American comedian Ahmed Ahmed is basically a collection of his home movies as he travels from the US alongside comics like Maz Jobrani and Whitney Cummings to perform stand-up in Dubai, Beirut, Cairo, Riyadh, and back.
Leave the directing to someone else
By BRETT MICHEL  |  July 08, 2011
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Buñuel continues to delight, confound, and shock

Openly, contentedly delighted with how our own dreams can appall us, and how close movies are to that appalling dreaminess, Luis Buñuel — the subject of an extensive survey at the HFA this month — may have been the greatest filmmaker of the medium's firs
Luis' world
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  June 11, 2011
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Review: Thor

Not as much fun as Iron Man, Kenneth Branagh's take on Marvel's God of Thunder is nevertheless an electrically charged superhero romp while being less of an extended Avengers advertisement than Iron Man 2.
 Love blooms alongside the war
By BRETT MICHEL  |  May 06, 2011
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Review: Something Borrowed

In Luke Greenfield's adaptation of Emily Giffin's novel, Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) works hard, never complains, has brains but no self-esteem.
 A numbing pattern
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 06, 2011


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Review: Queen to Play

A hotel maid, Hélène (Sandrine Bonnaire), in a French resort sees a glamorous foreigner (Jennifer Beals) playing chess one day, and she's determined to learn to play herself.
 Determined to learn
By GERALD PEARY  |  May 06, 2011
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Review: Fast Five

In the 10 years since the F&F franchise first fired up, it has regularly spun out retreads of its tired premise, pitting the righteous against the heavy with a backdrop of car boosting, drag racing, and bum cheeks hanging out of hot pants.
 Dumb fun, noisy neutral
By TOM MEEK  |  May 06, 2011
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Foster, Gibson leave it to The Beaver

In January, Summit Entertainment released the trailer for the Jodie Foster film The Beaver, in which Mel Gibson finds a raggedy beaver puppet in a dumpster, begins speaking through it, and reconnects with his wife, Jodie Foster.
Hand job
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  May 06, 2011
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Review: Carancho

Pablo Trapero's soggy, misguided, derivative melodrama was, somehow, Argentina's Official Selection as Best Foreign Language Film for the Academy Awards.
 Argentina's Official Selection as Best Foreign Language Film for the Academy Awards
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 29, 2011
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Review: Rubber

When a tire lifts itself from the desert sand of the West and rolls down the road to the sound of recorder music, it feels like one of those old Film Board of Canada shorts about the triumph of the spirit.
 Quentin Dupieux has something more malevolent, and meta, in mind
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  April 29, 2011