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'Identity Thief' Struggles With Its Own Identity

Despite a solid trope and a topical premise, the story and characters aren’t quite sure what, or who, they want to be.

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'Norman' Tests the Limits of Sympathy

As this film wears on, Norman starts to feel a bit like Macbeth with his misguided ambition.

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Bundle Up for 'Into the Cold'

This adventure documentary captures the scenery -- and chill -- of the Arctic while sharing a message about global warming.

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'This Must Be the Place' Shows It’s Never Too Late to Come of Age

This smart, bemusing film explores themes of maturity and redemption.

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'Silent Souls' Is a Quiet Reflection on Life and Death

Silent Souls is reminiscent of Winter’s Bone, where a sad human tale unfolds within a cold and aloof yet beautiful-in-its-own-way natural environment.

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'Detropia' Ponders the Fate of Motor City

Filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady raise the question: Is Detroit a place of despair or opportunity?

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A Paean to the Pictures: 'The Story of Film: An Odyssey'

'The Story of Film' is the best film-studies class you never had.

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Seth McFarlane Goes Feature-Length with 'Ted'

Ted is a bit difficult to classify; it’s too raunchy to be a pure rom-com, too brainy to be a raunch-fest, too goofy to be a think-piece, too televisual to be cinematic.

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A Modern Allegory: 'The Dust Bowl: A Film by Ken Burns'

Consider The Dust Bowl's historic backdrop: an economic bubble, a financial crisis, a drought, a natural disaster, and the effects of human activity on the climate.

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'Nova: Secrets of the Viking Sword' Makes a Point

Renaissance martial arts expert John Clements slashes through tomatoes and pumpkins, not to mention a pair of two-liter water bottles, a basketball, an ice block, a side of beef and a number of rugs.

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'Iron Sky' Is Sci-Fi Confection

This crowd-funded send-up of space adventure movies entertains even if it's clunky at times

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Finding Resolution to 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood'

Writer Gwyneth Hughes gallantly strives to solve the biggest mystery of Charles Dickens' Edwin Drood: how it ends.

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True Grit: 'Tom Palazzolo's Chicago'

Tom Palazzolo uses his camera to capture the stories of Chicago not shown in glossy postcards.

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The City of Minneapolis Nearly Steals the Show in 'Stuck Between Stations'

This is the story of two people who meet by chance and spend a night talking and wandering the streets of Minneapolis. They may or may not love each other, but they clearly love their city.

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'Mozart's Sister' Explores the Whys and What-ifs

We’ll never know the extent of what Nannerl Mozart had to offer the world of music, but for the 120 minutes of Mozart’s Sister, René Féret dares to wonder.

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Mod Film Noir: 'Brighton Rock'

Rowan Joffe sets this adaptation in 1964, amidst the mods and the rockers. A mods-versus-rockers riot serves as chaotic cover for one of the film’s acts of murder.

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'Maxwell Street Blues' Is a Toe-Tapping Time Capsule

Viewing Maxwell Street Blues paradoxically stirs simultaneous emotions of melancholy and elation. Much like what happens when singing the blues.

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'Bride Flight' Is Beautiful but Predictable

Despite its serviceable storyline, Bride Flight is visually sumptuous and the characters are truly endearing.

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'Conan O'Brien Can't Stop' Being Funny, Even When He's Bitter

Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop is a remarkably candid, complex and personal portrait of O’Brien that transcends the late-night host’s television persona.

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A Riveting Story Is Elevated by Captivating Performances in 'Barney's Version'

This is not a romantic comedy as its trailer misleads; rather, it’s a drama that carries us through the defining moments that occur within nearly 40 years of the eponymous character’s life.

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Discover a Hero in 'Cedar Rapids'

What's at first blush a light-hearted comedy is actually a much more profound tale.

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'Vanishing of the Bees' Could Do with More Honey, Less Vinegar

Vanishing of the Bees flits about from topic to topic -- and loses its way.


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