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"Ms. Spiro, who has a long-term history in nonfiction film, carefully and unobtrusively follows Mr. Young through his day-to-day life in observational fashion."New York Times "Like so many recent documentaries on the Iraq war, BODY OF WAR makes no bones about its activism....It's the willingness to contextualize events and apply reason to them that makes it and others so valuable."Los Angeles Times0.2872029

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3 stars out of 5 -- "Director Marshall Curry tackles one of the more controversial communities within the environmental movement...and wisely crafts a documentary that bridges the environmental non-fiction genre with a divisive political subject."Box Office "[A] thoughtful documentary....The film's sobriety and carefully balanced arguments make it an exemplary piece of reporting..."New York Times0.2872029

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"An experimental fiction-nonfiction hybrid....The actors in 24 CITY bring their own existential realities to their short, touching performances..."New York Times "Mr. Jia is an artist, one of the most interesting filmmakers working anywhere in the world, and he has made his film to bear witness to a way of life while witnesses could still be found."Wall Street Journal 3 stars out of 5 -- "Puzzling, otherworldly and elegant....A layered, haunting portrait of China in its shift to a capitalist economy."Total Film "[T]he film is an elegiac visual symphony of carefully framed compositions, trompe l'oeil camera movements, posed portraits, internal rhythms and mysterious vignettes."Sight and Sound0.2297623

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3 stars out of 4 -- "[I]t is atmospheric, its cinematography is eerie and evocative, and the actors enrich it..."Chicago Sun-Times "[D]irector Hafstrom and cinematographer Ben Davis lend the locations an handsome burnished look....The supporting cast is unusually strong..."Los Angeles Times 3 stars out of 5 -- "Colin O'Donoghue makes for a solid lead....And Hopkins has been handed a part that lets him chow down with usual aplomb..."Empire 3 stars out of 5 -- "[E]voking a foreboding world of glowering skies, freaky visions and chilling flashbacks..."Total Film0.2031423

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3 stars out of 4 -- "[I]t is atmospheric, its cinematography is eerie and evocative, and the actors enrich it..."Chicago Sun-Times "[D]irector Hafstrom and cinematographer Ben Davis lend the locations an handsome burnished look....The supporting cast is unusually strong..."Los Angeles Times 3 stars out of 5 -- "Colin O'Donoghue makes for a solid lead....And Hopkins has been handed a part that lets him chow down with usual aplomb..."Empire 3 stars out of 5 -- "[E]voking a foreboding world of glowering skies, freaky visions and chilling flashbacks..."Total Film0.2031423

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"Berlinger's reputation as a skilled filmmaker-journalist and the topical subject matter make CRUDE must-viewing for those who care about the planet."Hollywood Reporter 3.5 stars out of 4 -- Heres a powerhouse of a documentary that makes you feel mad as hell and unwilling to take it anymore.Rolling Stone "[W]hat CRUDE does best is take us behind the scenes and show in often candid detail how campaigns are waged, tactics decided on and strategies prioritized."Los Angeles Times "It's a David-and-Goliath tale, full of anger and disturbing accusation, but it's also inspiring." -- Grade: B+Entertainment Weekly "Joe Berlinger's scorched-earth documentary and David-and-Goliath drama offers more than a few eco-outraged observations on the not-so-free enterprise system."Washington Post "Humorous, quirky touches lift devastatingly sad content..."Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "Berlinger admirably keeps his focus on the human level, particularly crusading local lawyer Pablo Fajardo..."Empire0.1625139

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"A taut, unnerving, forcefully unromantic fictional film about a West German terrorist group whose founders ran bloodily amok in the 1970s..."New York Times 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] must-see....The action sequences are vivid and explicit, without seeming sensationalistic."Box Office "[A] fascinating hybrid of a film....BAADER MEINHOF does capture the sometimes delusional passion of the times..."Los Angeles Times "The film is an impressive period re-creation....Ganz effortlessly brings all the weight of his distinguished career to this role."Chicago Sun-Times0.1625139

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"A taut, unnerving, forcefully unromantic fictional film about a West German terrorist group whose founders ran bloodily amok in the 1970s..."New York Times 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] must-see....The action sequences are vivid and explicit, without seeming sensationalistic."Box Office "[A] fascinating hybrid of a film....BAADER MEINHOF does capture the sometimes delusional passion of the times..."Los Angeles Times "The film is an impressive period re-creation....Ganz effortlessly brings all the weight of his distinguished career to this role."Chicago Sun-Times0.1625139

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"[I]t manages to sustain a goofy-sweet comic energy and offers sly observations about assimilation, sibling rivalry and the art of competitive maternal bragging."Los Angeles Times "A race-based comedy with a mischievous, post-race sensibility, PING PONG PLAYA mines hip-hop comedy gold from the least gangsta context imaginable: the assimilated Chinese-Americans of suburban California."New York Times "[A]n agreeably family-friendly film devoid of gooeyness....Like the game itself, the film's charm lies in its simplicity and zippy pace."Film Comment0.1625139

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"[I]t manages to sustain a goofy-sweet comic energy and offers sly observations about assimilation, sibling rivalry and the art of competitive maternal bragging."Los Angeles Times "A race-based comedy with a mischievous, post-race sensibility, PING PONG PLAYA mines hip-hop comedy gold from the least gangsta context imaginable: the assimilated Chinese-Americans of suburban California."New York Times "[A]n agreeably family-friendly film devoid of gooeyness....Like the game itself, the film's charm lies in its simplicity and zippy pace."Film Comment0.1625139

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4.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]hough Ronson's book and Heslov's film are hilarious, they both recognize the power of truth, and that's something to take with us out of the multiplex."Box Office 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he script by Peter Straughan keeps the gags coming."Total Film "Clooney's sincere line deliveries and crack screwball timing never fail to amuse." -- Grade: B-A.V. Club 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "All of the actors play without winks and spins....The movie is funny."Chicago Sun-Times "[A] likable, lightweight, absurdist comedy....Mr. Clooney has shed his cool cat skin to embrace his inner clown."New York Times "[W]orth watching because it provides a showcase for a group of actors who really appreciate this kind of farcical comedy."Los Angeles Times "Based loosely on Jon Ronson's weirdly funny book of the same name, the film has some of the farcical appeal and subversive wit of DR. STRANGELOVE."USA Today "It benefits from the dense but pacey screenplay by Brit playwright Peter Straughan..."Variety "Few cinematic pleasures are as sublime as George Clooney in full Clark Gable mode, as he is for much of the comedy THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS."Washington Post 3 stars out of 4 -- "Just go with the comic flow, wrapped in striking light and shadow by wizard cinematographer Robert Elswit."Rolling Stone0.1421997

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"As real as reality TV is fake, 49 UP is a precious document, and must viewing." -- Grade: AEntertainment Weekly "Here, another enthralling, self-reflective layer has been added to the series."Box Office0.1218854

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"[A] documentary that details with jaw-dropping candor how contemporary political campaigning works at the highest levels of government..."Los Angeles Times 3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]nsightful....[The film] not only tells us how they won, it shows us the actual results of Goni's reelection." Box Office0.1218854

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"...[Makes Lee's dramas] look pretentious and hokey by comparison....Intensely moving....Achingly heartfelt..." -- Rating: B+ Entertainment Weekly "...A subject that demands and gets consummate cinematic treatment..." USA Today "...[An] immensely dignified and moving reassessment of a terrorist crime....A thoughtful, graceful, quietly devastating account..." New York Times "...There is mostly sadness and regret at the surface in 4 LITTLE GIRLS, but there is anger in the depths, as there should be..." Chicago Sun-Times0.1218854

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"...A harrowing documentary portrait..." New York Times "Filmmaker Steve James brings the same access, passion and skill to STEVIE that he brought to 1994's HOOP DREAMS....Exemplary..." USA Today "...A fluid and deeply troubling documentary....STEVIE is gripping in its intimacy..." Entertainment Weekly "...STEVIE is a brave and painful film....To watch STEVIE is to wonder if anything could have been done to change the course of this history..." Chicago Sun-Times "...[A] ceaselessly provocative film..." Los Angeles Times0.1218854

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"..[The film] beautifully re-creates everything from Acapulco's brutal racing scene to that celebrated match race..." Los Angeles Times "...The immaculately-looking picture intercuts telling moments in the lives of the three men whose lives would intersect so decisively..." Variety "...Maguire uses his natural wariness like an all-purpose tool....When he's on a horse, Maguire becomes a different, energized animal -- and the whole movie surges ahead..." Entertainment Weekly "...A coolly rendered, impressively crafted telling of a blood-stirring story..." USA Today "...The races are tremendously exciting....Bridges anchors the film with simplicity and strength..." Rolling Stone "...The camerawork, gorgeous throughout, is particularly thrilling in the pic's racing scenes..." Box Office "...It's beautifully detailed and it boasts some truly eye-popping racing sequences..." Film Comment "The three leads all give careful, affecting performances..." Sight and Sound "[Bridges] projects a winning affability and intrinsic decency." Premiere0.1218854

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"..[The film] beautifully re-creates everything from Acapulco's brutal racing scene to that celebrated match race..." Los Angeles Times "...The immaculately-looking picture intercuts telling moments in the lives of the three men whose lives would intersect so decisively..." Variety "...Maguire uses his natural wariness like an all-purpose tool....When he's on a horse, Maguire becomes a different, energized animal -- and the whole movie surges ahead..." Entertainment Weekly "...A coolly rendered, impressively crafted telling of a blood-stirring story..." USA Today "...The races are tremendously exciting....Bridges anchors the film with simplicity and strength..." Rolling Stone "...The camerawork, gorgeous throughout, is particularly thrilling in the pic's racing scenes..." Box Office "...It's beautifully detailed and it boasts some truly eye-popping racing sequences..." Film Comment "The three leads all give careful, affecting performances..." Sight and Sound "[Bridges] projects a winning affability and intrinsic decency." Premiere0.1218854

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"It is impossible not to be fired up by Kurt Kuenne's incendiary cri de coeur, DEAR ZACHARY....At once a personal documentary about the murder of his best friend and a polemical rant against the Canadian justice system for coddling a dangerous sociopath, it wants to provoke outrage."New York Times "DEAR ZACHARY is masterfully put together....It's impossible to fully explain the pain, sorrow, and love this documentary holds without ruining its effects on future viewers."Premiere0.1218854

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4.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]hough Ronson's book and Heslov's film are hilarious, they both recognize the power of truth, and that's something to take with us out of the multiplex."Box Office 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he script by Peter Straughan keeps the gags coming."Total Film "Clooney's sincere line deliveries and crack screwball timing never fail to amuse." -- Grade: B-A.V. Club 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "All of the actors play without winks and spins....The movie is funny."Chicago Sun-Times "[A] likable, lightweight, absurdist comedy....Mr. Clooney has shed his cool cat skin to embrace his inner clown."New York Times "[W]orth watching because it provides a showcase for a group of actors who really appreciate this kind of farcical comedy."Los Angeles Times "Based loosely on Jon Ronson's weirdly funny book of the same name, the film has some of the farcical appeal and subversive wit of DR. STRANGELOVE."USA Today "It benefits from the dense but pacey screenplay by Brit playwright Peter Straughan..."Variety "Few cinematic pleasures are as sublime as George Clooney in full Clark Gable mode, as he is for much of the comedy THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS."Washington Post 3 stars out of 4 -- "Just go with the comic flow, wrapped in striking light and shadow by wizard cinematographer Robert Elswit."Rolling Stone0.1218854

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5 stars out of 5 -- "It's a deglamourised shot of wake-up juice that strips a brutal reality bare....Accept that every mobster movie you've ever seen is rose-tinted nonsense. Now take a dip in this icy plunge-pool of a picture."Total Film "[A] masterpiece of the genre....Garrone opts here for a strongly realistic and severe cinematography....Another sign of the film's sophistication is its austere soundtrack."Sight and Sound 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t has an under-the-skin quality that makes for an outstanding drama. It's a film that paints a full, ugly portrait of the Camorra corruptors and their corruption..."Empire "SCARFACE looms large in GOMORRAH, an unflinching corrective to the mafia film."Film Comment Included in Entertainment Weekly's 2008 Films Of The Year -- "[Y]ou've never seen anything like GOMORRA....Garone shoots in a fast, off-the-cuff nonfiction style..."Entertainment Weekly 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "It's brilliant filmmaking, a wake-up call that means to shake you, and does."Rolling Stone "[A] corrosive and ferociously unsentimental fictional look at Italian organized crime....The sense that you are visiting an alien world is critical to the film's forceful grip, which immediately takes hold of you..."New York Times "[T]he dramatic structure is complex, the details are instructive, and the sense of tragedy is momentous."Wall Street Journal "Garrone was a painter before becoming a filmmaker; the training reveals itself through hauntingly stark images in which characters seem to get swallowed by an unforgiving environment."Washington Post "The film is a curative for the romanticism of THE GODFATHER and SCARFACE....GOMORRAH looks grimy and sullen, and has no heroes, only victims....That is its power."Chicago Sun-Times "[A] gripping, clear-eyed drama....Don't look for resolution, romanticism, or comic relief....Instead, there's the power of damning truth." -- Grade: AEntertainment Weekly Included in Chicago Sun-Times's "The Best Foreign Films Of 2009" -- "Remorseless drama about the foot solders of the Camorra..."Chicago Sun-Times0.1148812

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5 stars out of 5 -- "It's a deglamourised shot of wake-up juice that strips a brutal reality bare....Accept that every mobster movie you've ever seen is rose-tinted nonsense. Now take a dip in this icy plunge-pool of a picture."Total Film "[A] masterpiece of the genre....Garrone opts here for a strongly realistic and severe cinematography....Another sign of the film's sophistication is its austere soundtrack."Sight and Sound 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t has an under-the-skin quality that makes for an outstanding drama. It's a film that paints a full, ugly portrait of the Camorra corruptors and their corruption..."Empire "SCARFACE looms large in GOMORRAH, an unflinching corrective to the mafia film."Film Comment Included in Entertainment Weekly's 2008 Films Of The Year -- "[Y]ou've never seen anything like GOMORRA....Garone shoots in a fast, off-the-cuff nonfiction style..."Entertainment Weekly 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "It's brilliant filmmaking, a wake-up call that means to shake you, and does."Rolling Stone "[A] corrosive and ferociously unsentimental fictional look at Italian organized crime....The sense that you are visiting an alien world is critical to the film's forceful grip, which immediately takes hold of you..."New York Times "[T]he dramatic structure is complex, the details are instructive, and the sense of tragedy is momentous."Wall Street Journal "Garrone was a painter before becoming a filmmaker; the training reveals itself through hauntingly stark images in which characters seem to get swallowed by an unforgiving environment."Washington Post "The film is a curative for the romanticism of THE GODFATHER and SCARFACE....GOMORRAH looks grimy and sullen, and has no heroes, only victims....That is its power."Chicago Sun-Times "[A] gripping, clear-eyed drama....Don't look for resolution, romanticism, or comic relief....Instead, there's the power of damning truth." -- Grade: AEntertainment Weekly Included in Chicago Sun-Times's "The Best Foreign Films Of 2009" -- "Remorseless drama about the foot solders of the Camorra..."Chicago Sun-Times0.1148812

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"...Few scripts toss more challenging balls in the air, and Jonze juggles them all with artful, light-stepping ease. It's magic..." Rolling Stone "...Mr. Cage and Mr. Jonze share a casual, daredevil sensibility, and the two of them -- or should I say the three of them? -- pull off one of the most amazing technical stunts in recent film history..." New York Times "...Cage gives one of his best performances..."USA Today "...[Featuring] Nicolas Cage in his lightest, loosest, best performance since MOONSTRUCK....ADAPTATION demonstrates that Kaufman, the real Charlie Kaufman, has a rare and really weird talent....The guy is fun..." Entertainment Weekly "...The boldest and most imaginative studio film of the year..." Los Angeles Times "...A wickedly funny movie....It's refreshingly unique..." Box Office "...ADAPTATION is life-affirming..." Premiere "...Every bit as clever and surprising as MALKOVICH....Streep gives a quietly alert performance that permits emotional revelation in well-judged stages..." Variety "...It has all the pleasing confusion of an optical illusion....A dizzying, unique work..." Total Film "Ms. Streep and Mr. Cooper deserve on another, and that's meant as high praise for both."Wall Street Journal0.1015712

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"[D]istinguished by an intimate mood and a lyrical tone. It is quiet, contemplative and impressionistic, which makes the story it has to tell all the more powerful."Los Angeles Times "Reflecting a longtime personal and ethnographic interest, the gifted cinematographer Ellen Kuras's first film as director focuses on the struggles and conflicted identity of Laotian immigrant Thavisouk Phrasavath."Film Comment "Exploring a Lao family's experience during and since the Vietnam War, the film chronicles the treacheries of geopolitics and the upheaval of exile."Los Angeles Times0.1015712

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"[A] movie that's as interesting as it is dewy-eyed..." -- Grade: BEntertainment Weekly "[A] movie about adolescence unlike any other; an intimate portrait of a singular personality in the making and a stark look at our culture of suspicion and conformity."Los Angeles Times0.1015712

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"Not content with trippy image pastiches, Morgen splinters narrative chronology into four distinct time frames..."Film Comment "The director want to bring recent history to life for people who weren't around to witness it, and in that he succeeds pretty admirably."Los Angeles Times "CHICAGO 10 is well worth seeing....A good half of the film is devoted extraordinary footage of the four days of rage that spawned the trial." -- Grade: BEntertainment Weekly "The scenes of radical foment and the actual marches and riots are shown in archival footage, much of it excellent; Morgen also does a sly job with his musical selections..."Premiere0.1015712

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3.5 stars out of 4 -- "The acting is incredible, proving that Craig can still expand his horizons beyond James Bond; Shreiber is solid..."Premiere 3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t has a serious story to tell: of remarkable endurance, courage and unlikely hope."Empire "Craig and Schreiber are two excellent actors, and both of them connect strongly with their roles as well as their fierce rivalry."Los Angeles Times "In DEFIANCE, Craig brings grit and gravity to the role of Tuvia Bielski....Director Edward Zwick has seized on a strong, underserved subject."Rolling Stone "[A] true story of a WWII siege met with courage under fire....ZWICK offers excitingly staged moments..."Entertainment Weekly "It's impossible to watch Defiance without experiencing a vicarious thrill of resistance and revenge."Washington Post 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[R]are and exciting....The cast, especially Craig and Schreiber, are at their best."Premiere0.1015712

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"Few filmmakers make the end of days seem as hauntingly beautiful as Werner Herzog does..."New York Times "In ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD we are offered a glimpse into a dynamic terrain, one whose landscapes are in environmental flux due to global warming..."Film Comment 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Herzog is one of a kind. His new doc is an event you watch in awe as you marvel at its wonders."Rolling Stone "The stunning images aren't enough for Herzog....He wants us to see how these quirky researchers, in their lust to explore, are acting out a drive as primitive as nature: the need to break away from the world in order to find it." -- Grade: AEntertainment Weekly "The images captured by Herzog and cinematographer Peter Zeitlinger are dazzling all on their own, finding the disorienting psychedelia that is nature at its weirdest."Los Angeles Times 4 stars out of 5 -- "Herzog imparts an infectious awe at nature's wild wonder."Total Film0.1015712

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"Few filmmakers make the end of days seem as hauntingly beautiful as Werner Herzog does..."New York Times "In ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD we are offered a glimpse into a dynamic terrain, one whose landscapes are in environmental flux due to global warming..."Film Comment 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Herzog is one of a kind. His new doc is an event you watch in awe as you marvel at its wonders."Rolling Stone "The stunning images aren't enough for Herzog....He wants us to see how these quirky researchers, in their lust to explore, are acting out a drive as primitive as nature: the need to break away from the world in order to find it." -- Grade: AEntertainment Weekly "The images captured by Herzog and cinematographer Peter Zeitlinger are dazzling all on their own, finding the disorienting psychedelia that is nature at its weirdest."Los Angeles Times 4 stars out of 5 -- "Herzog imparts an infectious awe at nature's wild wonder."Total Film0.1015712

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