Movie Reviews

Smooth as Silk Screen Film Festival...with rough moments

How au courant are you with Uzbek cinema?

I thought so.

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Terrence Malick's `To the Wonder': More ravishing requiem than revelation

... And the Oscar for best actress in an Olympic twirling mode goes to -- Olga Kurylenko for "To the Wonder."

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'Back to the Square': human faces of Egyptian repression

Toussaint l'Ouverture leads a successful slave revolt against Napoleon, and Haiti becomes the world's first black democracy. Russia gets rid of Tsar Nicholas, and a utopian workers' paradise is established. Saddam Hussein is deposed, and the Iraqi mission is accomplished.  Hosni Mubarak gets booted in the Arab Spring, and Egypt is free at last.

Not quite.

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`Gaamer': a virtual hero in his virtual life

The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Gamer is epitomized by Alex Kosov, better known as Koss in the video game kingdom where he reigns. He's the 17-year-old Pinball Wizard of his time (today) and place (Ukraine).

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Kerouac's `On the Road' takes a faithful trip from page to screen

 

Ponder this pontifical pronouncement: In the history of cinema, only three of a thousand great-books-on-film can be called perfect -- "Gone With the Wind," "Slaughterhouse Five" and "The Godfather."

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Voyeuristic 'InContact' connects up until the non-ending

A dark love triangle develops a darker quadrangular twist in the spellbinding -- if ultimately maddening -- "InContact," Israeli-American director Ann Oren's entry, screened tonight only, in CMU's ongoing "Faces of Media" International Film Festival.

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`The We and the I': Less sunshine from the spotless mind of Gondry

The casual cruelty of the teenage pack has filled our headlines and courtrooms of late -- bullying and rape being perversely perennial crimes. Sad to say, there's nothing new about peer-and-sneer group pressure to do awful things collectively that you'd never do one-on-one. What's new is the generation's 21st-century obsessive/compulsive need to record and disseminate its antisocial behavior on so-called social media.

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Israel's Shin Bet spy chiefs recount fatal hits -- and tactics -- in 'The Gatekeepers'

One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter. It's "your F-16s versus our suicide bombers," a Palestinian tells an Israeli acquaintance. Innocent people -- delicately known as "collateral damage" -- die either way.  It's just a different choice of device.

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