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"[O]ne of the most controversial creators of postwar cinema."Premiere94.3633

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"...Packed with intimately grainy black-and-white images..." -- 3 out of 4 stars USA Today "...Bracing drama....Remarkably unaffected performances....There's not a false emotion..." -- Rating: B Entertainment Weekly "...FACES became a beacon to filmmakers interested in social realism....[With] scripted yet alive moments of breathtaking human unexpectedness..." Premiere "[A]n unflinching and uncomfortable examination of a relationship on the edge of collapse." Uncut29.445

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"...Startling....A raw, fresh slice of life..." Los Angeles Times "...[The film] influenced a wave of filmmakers....Goldoni is spectacular here..." USA Today "Fresh and vital, SHADOWS became a landmark for US indie cinema." Uncut29.445

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"...Bracing drama....Remarkably unaffected performances....There's not a false emotion..." -- Rating: BEntertainment Weekly "...FACES became a beacon to filmmakers interested in social realism....[With] scripted yet alive moments of breathtaking human unexpectedness..."Premiere "...Packed with intimately grainy black-and-white images..." -- 3 out of 4 stars USA Today "[A]n unflinching and uncomfortable examination of a relationship on the edge of collapse."Uncut 4 stars out of 5 -- "Cassavetes really hit his stride with his second film, FACES. It's a film largely told via tight, claustrophobic close-ups..."Total Film "FACES is remarkably timeless....Through just eight key scenes, and in lacerating detail, Cassavetes lays bare the behavioural rituals underpinning human relationships..."Sight and Sound29.445

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"...Startling....A raw, fresh slice of life..."Los Angeles Times "...[The film] influenced a wave of filmmakers....Goldoni is spectacular here..."USA Today "Fresh and vital, SHADOWS became a landmark for US indie cinema."Uncut 4 stars out of 5 -- "[B]rave and heartfelt....It's a rare snapshot of ordinary people from a time in which the film industry was interested in anything but."Total Film29.445

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"...Cassavettes, as both actor and director, is never wihtout his own peculiar magnetism and authority. Once again, he is able to galvanize a long, rambling, quirky psychodrama through sheer force of personality..."New York Times "...Cassavetes' raw talk and tense hysterics produce a softhearted wonder....It's the emotional equivalent of a slasher film..."Entertainment Weekly "...One of the filmmaker's best, both artistically and commercially....Emotionally potent, technically assured and often brilliantly insightful..."Variety16.49774

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"...Cassavettes, as both actor and director, is never wihtout his own peculiar magnetism and authority. Once again, he is able to galvanize a long, rambling, quirky psychodrama through sheer force of personality..."New York Times "...Cassavetes' raw talk and tense hysterics produce a softhearted wonder....It's the emotional equivalent of a slasher film..."Entertainment Weekly "...One of the filmmaker's best, both artistically and commercially....Emotionally potent, technically assured and often brilliantly insightful..."Variety16.49774

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"...It's surely among the three or four greatest horror films ever made..." -- 5 out of 5 stars - One For The LibraryPremiere "Roman Polanski's brilliantly directed ROSEMARY'S BABY hasn't lost a thing since it was one of the best movies of a banner year..."USA Today "What's suggested is as scary as what's seen."Uncut13.68413

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"...It's surely among the three or four greatest horror films ever made..." -- 5 out of 5 stars - One For The LibraryPremiere "Roman Polanski's brilliantly directed ROSEMARY'S BABY hasn't lost a thing since it was one of the best movies of a banner year..." USA Today "What's suggested is as scary as what's seen." Uncut13.65323

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"...It's surely among the three or four greatest horror films ever made..." -- 5 out of 5 stars - One For The LibraryPremiere "Roman Polanski's brilliantly directed ROSEMARY'S BABY hasn't lost a thing since it was one of the best movies of a banner year..."USA Today "What's suggested is as scary as what's seen."Uncut13.65323

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"Written and directed by Ronald Bronstein, making his feature-film debut, this is personal cinema at its most uncompromising and fierce."New York Times "Ronald Bronsteins' startling comedy is like a mumblecore ERASERHEAD directed by John Cassavetes." -- Grade: A-Entertainment Weekly "FROWNLAND hinges on a courageous performance by Dore Mann..."Sight and Sound0.4638124

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"What distinguishes KISS OF THE DAMNED is its look, which combines the garish gore and muted tones of 70s Euro-horror with the subtle glow of modern moviemaking..."A.V. Club0.2471952

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"What distinguishes KISS OF THE DAMNED is its look, which combines the garish gore and muted tones of 70s Euro-horror with the subtle glow of modern moviemaking..."A.V. Club0.2471952

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"What distinguishes KISS OF THE DAMNED is its look, which combines the garish gore and muted tones of 70s Euro-horror with the subtle glow of modern moviemaking..."A.V. Club0.2471952

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"Adroitly mixing stylish Roman interiors with colourful location work, fast paced and featuring a ridiculously snappy Ennio Morricone dirge...it all adds up to an attractive footnote to Cassavetes' career."Sight and Sound "Adroitly mixing stylish Roman interiors with colourful location work, fast paced and featuring a ridiculously snappy Ennio Morricone dirge...it all adds up to an attractive footnote to Cassavetes' career."Sight and Sound "Adroitly mixing stylish Roman interiors with colourful location work, fast paced and featuring a ridiculously snappy Ennio Morricone dirge...it all adds up to an attractive footnote to Cassavetes' career."Sight and Sound "Adroitly mixing stylish Roman interiors with colourful location work, fast paced and featuring a ridiculously snappy Ennio Morricone dirge...it all adds up to an attractive footnote to Cassavetes' career."Sight and Sound0.2184917

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"Adroitly mixing stylish Roman interiors with colourful location work, fast paced and featuring a ridiculously snappy Ennio Morricone dirge...it all adds up to an attractive footnote to Cassavetes' career."Sight and Sound "Adroitly mixing stylish Roman interiors with colourful location work, fast paced and featuring a ridiculously snappy Ennio Morricone dirge...it all adds up to an attractive footnote to Cassavetes' career."Sight and Sound "Adroitly mixing stylish Roman interiors with colourful location work, fast paced and featuring a ridiculously snappy Ennio Morricone dirge...it all adds up to an attractive footnote to Cassavetes' career."Sight and Sound "Adroitly mixing stylish Roman interiors with colourful location work, fast paced and featuring a ridiculously snappy Ennio Morricone dirge...it all adds up to an attractive footnote to Cassavetes' career."Sight and Sound0.2184917

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"...A wild, whacked-out ride of a movie....Ricci gives a sweet, sexy, star-bright performance..." Rolling Stone "...Gallo has any eye for telling detail..." Sight and Sound "...Inventive....Fulfilled its promise....Narcissism has rarely been so compelling..." -- Rating: A Entertainment Weekly "...Visually and editorially deft....BUFFALO '66 offers a radical departure from much of what's currently being made both in and out of the indie scene..." Box Office "...A touching, often hilarious personal journey..." Premiere "...Compelling....With BUFFALO '66 Gallo does himself credit not only as an actor but also as an equally distinctive filmmaker..." Los Angeles Times "[I]t's one of a kind, and it's to be cherished." Total Film0.1853964

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"Cassavetes stocks his film's atmosphere with strong support....The most riveting character is Benny Flowers, one of the most snarling, dangerously self-loathing agents ever depicted in a showbiz story."Sight and Sound0.1853964

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"...Brimming with excitement and humour, yet also staying resolutely honourable to its storytelling..." -- 4 out of 5 stars Total Film "Any movie with Telly Savalas as a psychotic named A.J. Maggott is already halfway home....[A] red-meat classic..." USA Today "[I]t's a relentless work -- violent, funny and deeply cynical." Uncut "[P]owerful..." Sight and Sound 4 stars out of 5 -- "Robert Aldrich's gleefully nasty, willfully daft action adventure is ageing well." Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "A new twist -- in its time -- on the war movie....It's a good cast..." Ultimate DVD0.154497

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"...Brimming with excitement and humour, yet also staying resolutely honourable to its storytelling..." -- 4 out of 5 stars Total Film "Any movie with Telly Savalas as a psychotic named A.J. Maggott is already halfway home....[A] red-meat classic..." USA Today "[I]t's a relentless work -- violent, funny and deeply cynical." Uncut "[P]owerful..." Sight and Sound 4 stars out of 5 -- "Robert Aldrich's gleefully nasty, willfully daft action adventure is ageing well." Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "A new twist -- in its time -- on the war movie....It's a good cast..." Ultimate DVD0.154497

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"[A] ghostly and startling tale of Native Americans in Los Angeles -- a fusion of documentary and fiction....The L.A. images are like Weegee photographs come to life." -- Grade: A-Entertainment Weekly "One of the key attractions of this lost and legendary Los Angeles documentary, unseen in nearly 50 years, is its luminous black-and-white photography..."Los Angeles Times 4 stars out of 5 -- "Mackenzie's raw, intensely atmospheric film documents 12 hours in the lives of a group of Native Americans living in LA."Uncut0.154497

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"Cassavetes stocks his film's atmosphere with strong support....The most riveting character is Benny Flowers, one of the most snarling, dangerously self-loathing agents ever depicted in a showbiz story."Sight and Sound0.154497

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"...Mr. Washington manages to be fittingly morose without losing his powerhouse quality..." New York Times "...[Washington] puts in another strong performance..."USA Today "...JOHN Q. is unafraid to speak the plain truth..."Los Angeles Times "...[The film] raises genuine, sobering questions....Washington performs with a tearful, righteous anger..."Entertainment Weekly29.14258

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"...Mr. Washington manages to be fittingly morose without losing his powerhouse quality..." New York Times "...[Washington] puts in another strong performance..."USA Today "...JOHN Q. is unafraid to speak the plain truth..."Los Angeles Times "...[The film] raises genuine, sobering questions....Washington performs with a tearful, righteous anger..."Entertainment Weekly29.14258

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"...Mr. Washington manages to be fittingly morose without losing his powerhouse quality..." New York Times "...[Washington] puts in another strong performance..."USA Today "...JOHN Q. is unafraid to speak the plain truth..."Los Angeles Times "...[The film] raises genuine, sobering questions....Washington performs with a tearful, righteous anger..."Entertainment Weekly29.14258

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3 stars out of 5 -- "Like a Cassavetes movie, BLUE VALENTINE doesn't so much present a plot as riff inventively around an emotional predicament."Box Office "[A] lushly heart-wrenching and beautifully told tale....There are real demons in BLUE VALENTINE..."Entertainment Weekly "[The film] alternates between scenes of the couple's glorious beginnings and bitter end, while employing a visual style that corresponds to the mood..."Film Comment 4 stars out of 4 -- "Gosling and Williams have the most palpable chemistry of any screen couple this year, never striking a false note in this achingly tender tale of a love that implodes before our eyes."USA Today "[T]he performances are fleshed out and telling. Gosling layers his character's charm with an eruptive and credible anger."Hollywood Reporter 3 stars out of 4 -- "The results can be almost unbearably harrowing but also deeply cathartic, as viewers create their own meanings within Dean and Cindy's singular downward spiral."Washington Post 4 stars out of 5 -- "You won't see a more honest movie in 2011 -- and that's a promise."Empire 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[N]ot to be missed. Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams give two of the most explosive and emotionally naked performances you will see anywhere."Rolling Stone Included in USA Today's "10 Best Films Of 2010" -- "A heartbreaking work of staggering poignancy..."USA Today "The heartbreaking brilliance of this film, which the director wrote with Joey Curtis and Cami Delavigne, lies in its contradictions."Wall Street Journal "BLUE VALENTINE's fearless candor and extreme emotional intensity should be a source of pride for everyone involved in this remarkable, utterly wrenching film." -- Grade: AA.V. Club "Ms. Williams is, as ever, heartbreakingly precise in every scene..."New York Times 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Derek Cianfrance, the film's writer and director, observes with great exactitude the birth and decay of a relationship. The film is alive in its details."Chicago Sun-Times 4 stars out of 5 -- "You might feel like averting your gaze at times, but don't -- performances this penetrating are a sight to see."Total Film "[T]he film is firstly an actor's piece -- a two-hander between Williams and Gosling, who both deliver truthful, committed performances, explored through improvised dialogue and action."Sight and Sound "[The film gives] Gosling and Williams both the motive and the means to create something extraordinary, a valentine that actually says something true about being in love."Los Angeles Times0.127111

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3 stars out of 5 -- "Like a Cassavetes movie, BLUE VALENTINE doesn't so much present a plot as riff inventively around an emotional predicament."Box Office "[The film] alternates between scenes of the couple's glorious beginnings and bitter end, while employing a visual style that corresponds to the mood..."Film Comment "The heartbreaking brilliance of this film, which the director wrote with Joey Curtis and Cami Delavigne, lies in its contradictions."Wall Street Journal 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[N]ot to be missed. Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams give two of the most explosive and emotionally naked performances you will see anywhere."Rolling Stone "[The film gives] Gosling and Williams both the motive and the means to create something extraordinary, a valentine that actually says something true about being in love."Los Angeles Times "[T]he performances are fleshed out and telling. Gosling layers his character's charm with an eruptive and credible anger."Hollywood Reporter 3 stars out of 4 -- "The results can be almost unbearably harrowing but also deeply cathartic, as viewers create their own meanings within Dean and Cindy's singular downward spiral."Washington Post "[A] lushly heart-wrenching and beautifully told tale....There are real demons in BLUE VALENTINE..."Entertainment Weekly Included in USA Today's "10 Best Films Of 2010" -- "A heartbreaking work of staggering poignancy..."USA Today 4 stars out of 4 -- "Gosling and Williams have the most palpable chemistry of any screen couple this year, never striking a false note in this achingly tender tale of a love that implodes before our eyes."USA Today "BLUE VALENTINE's fearless candor and extreme emotional intensity should be a source of pride for everyone involved in this remarkable, utterly wrenching film." -- Grade: AA.V. Club "Ms. Williams is, as ever, heartbreakingly precise in every scene..."New York Times 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Derek Cianfrance, the film's writer and director, observes with great exactitude the birth and decay of a relationship. The film is alive in its details."Chicago Sun-Times 4 stars out of 5 -- "You might feel like averting your gaze at times, but don't -- performances this penetrating are a sight to see."Total Film "[T]he film is firstly an actor's piece -- a two-hander between Williams and Gosling, who both deliver truthful, committed performances, explored through improvised dialogue and action."Sight and Sound 4 stars out of 5 -- "You won't see a more honest movie in 2011 -- and that's a promise."Empire0.1227556

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3 stars out of 5 -- "Like a Cassavetes movie, BLUE VALENTINE doesn't so much present a plot as riff inventively around an emotional predicament."Box Office "[The film] alternates between scenes of the couple's glorious beginnings and bitter end, while employing a visual style that corresponds to the mood..."Film Comment "The heartbreaking brilliance of this film, which the director wrote with Joey Curtis and Cami Delavigne, lies in its contradictions."Wall Street Journal 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[N]ot to be missed. Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams give two of the most explosive and emotionally naked performances you will see anywhere."Rolling Stone "[The film gives] Gosling and Williams both the motive and the means to create something extraordinary, a valentine that actually says something true about being in love."Los Angeles Times "[T]he performances are fleshed out and telling. Gosling layers his character's charm with an eruptive and credible anger."Hollywood Reporter 3 stars out of 4 -- "The results can be almost unbearably harrowing but also deeply cathartic, as viewers create their own meanings within Dean and Cindy's singular downward spiral."Washington Post "[A] lushly heart-wrenching and beautifully told tale....There are real demons in BLUE VALENTINE..."Entertainment Weekly Included in USA Today's "10 Best Films Of 2010" -- "A heartbreaking work of staggering poignancy..."USA Today 4 stars out of 4 -- "Gosling and Williams have the most palpable chemistry of any screen couple this year, never striking a false note in this achingly tender tale of a love that implodes before our eyes."USA Today "BLUE VALENTINE's fearless candor and extreme emotional intensity should be a source of pride for everyone involved in this remarkable, utterly wrenching film." -- Grade: AA.V. Club "Ms. Williams is, as ever, heartbreakingly precise in every scene..."New York Times 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Derek Cianfrance, the film's writer and director, observes with great exactitude the birth and decay of a relationship. The film is alive in its details."Chicago Sun-Times 4 stars out of 5 -- "You might feel like averting your gaze at times, but don't -- performances this penetrating are a sight to see."Total Film "[T]he film is firstly an actor's piece -- a two-hander between Williams and Gosling, who both deliver truthful, committed performances, explored through improvised dialogue and action."Sight and Sound 4 stars out of 5 -- "You won't see a more honest movie in 2011 -- and that's a promise."Empire0.1227556

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