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'The Walk' Is Part Caper and Part Thrilling Ballet

Joseph Gordon-Levitt finds a winning vulnerability and doubt behind the tightrope walker Philippe Petit’s preternatural confidence.

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Elegy

Coixet’s examination of age and the natural process of dying are refracted through a spectrum of cultures, ages, experiences and fears that are atypical of contemporary American films.

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The Wackness

Ultimately, this film is neither dope nor wack — it’s just kind of boring.

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Outside the Lines - The Top 20 International/Indie Films of 2008

With many indie/international films receiving more and more mainstream approval from unfamiliar audiences, many of the titles here could be considered part of the overall 2008 Best Of. But their individuality and multicultural appeal keep them a quality concept apart.

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Transsiberian

Transsiberian makes provocative connections between external and internal states, the ways that composition can reveal character.

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China's Stolen Children

For his remarkable documentary, filmmaker Jezza Neumann spent three and half months posing as a tourist in order to obtain undercover footage of victims, traffickers, and buyers.

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The Wackness

The Wackness is a too familiar nostalgic movie, with period soundtrack, hot summer nights, and boys coming of age.

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The Love Guru

Both frantic and tedious, The Love Guru piles on the slapdash offenses.

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The Return of the Popcorn Circus: July 2008

And it just doesn't stop. If part two in this three-ring play was packed with well hyped product, July just keeps the receipt treats coming.

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The Return of the Popcorn Circus: June 2008

If May almost tent-poled itself out of existence, June will be even worse. After all, are audiences really ready for 13 major release in less than two months -- with more to come?

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You Kill Me

An alcoholic hit man is sent to San Francisco by his “family” to achieve sobriety. You Kill Me is another “mobster in therapy” movie, but with a fresh perspective.

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The Last Legion

The leaps of faith in The Last Legion are many, but once you've made one or two, Bollywood superstar Aishwarya Rai seems as likely a super-lethal fighter as Mr. Darcy.

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You Kill Me (2007)

While he's largely unsocialized, having spent so much time alone, murdering people, and, lately, drinking, Frank does evince a weird charm.

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Gandhi (25th Anniversary Edition) (1982)

The filmmakers tend to aestheticize, rather than dramatize, Gandhi's politics, but despite its superficialities, Gandhi remains eminently watchable a quarter of a century after its original release.

Shaun Huston
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Lucky Number Slevin (2005)

Despite the title of the movie he lives in, Slevin (Josh Hartnett) is only partly lucky.

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BloodRayne (2006)

The main special effect is something called the slash and spray -- a sword slice across the torso that causes a fountain-like torrent of arterial goodness.

Bill Gibron
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Oliver Twist (2005)

Oliver is an emblem of Polanski's own thematic obsessions: human cruelty, alienation and dislocation, and above all, identity fragmentation.

Cynthia Fuchs
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A Sound of Thunder (2005)

The team has a plan by which all this devastation will be erased. If only the same might be done for A Sound of Thunder.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Suspect Zero (2004)

Part derivative, part original, and part twisted, the film quotes obviously from other serial killer films, beginning with its first shot.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Suspect Zero (2004)

Suspect Zero opens with a barrage of standard serial killer movie components.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Thunderbirds (2004)

The only possible reason I can see for this screen version is the marketing opportunities embodied by the Thunderbirds themselves and their 'super-advanced technology' ships and gadgets.

Todd R. Ramlow
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House of Sand and Fog (2003)

Property is at the center of House of Sand and Fog.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Tuck Everlasting (2002)

While the book is laced with a youthful sense of wonder concerning life and death, the film is a troubled teenage love story.

Amy Sidwar
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