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TALKING MOVIES | THE ROAD WITHIN, gentle comedy about affliction

Zoë Kravitz, Robert Sheehan and Dev Patel
Directed by Gren Wells

On Friday Gren Wells's "The Road Within," a low-key dramedy about affliction adapted from the 2010 German film "Vincent Goes to Sea," opened in New York and Los Angeles. It stars the young, promising Irish actor Robert Sheehan as a teenager stricken with Tourette's, whose cold-hearted father (Robert Patrick of "Terminator 2": Judgment Day") installs him in a mental clinic after his mother dies. ... more >

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Asghar Farhadi’s ABOUT ELLY to finally get released here

(from affiliate Iranian Film Daily) - “About Elly,” which stars Golshifteh Farahani (pictured) is finally getting a stateside limited release, well after the fact. Let’s remember that the year of release for this film is 2009. That’s six long years during which theater-going Americans were deprived of this slow-burning drama surrounding the mysterious disappearance of a woman vacationing at the ... more >

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The daily drudgery of being a vampire in WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS

Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi
Directed by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi

Ever since the “Twilight” franchise the label “vampire film” seems to invite derision or at the very least weariness, from viewers who believe that stories of vampires have long outstayed their welcome. And yet, regardless of the ambivalence towards vampire films there's no shortage of filmmakers willing to take a stab at them. The results run the gamut from the painfully mediocre to the ... more >

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THE RIOT CLUB

Max Irons, Douglas Booth and Sam Claflin
Directed by Lone Scherfig

The slyest aspect about Lone Scherfig’s “The Riot Club” is also its most maddening one. Structurally, the whole production is a come-on, a tease, a manipulative stunt. It begins in lusciously ribald fashion as we are treated to nineteenth-century sexual shenanigans amid the upper classes at Oxford University: white wigs, splashy capes and all. A beloved hedonist is murdered after cuckolding an ... more >

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The lonely and extraordinary life, as highlighted in THE SALT OF THE EARTH

Runtime: 110 mins (Dolby Digital)

Beautiful, heartbreaking, ambitious, and spiritually invigorating. “The Salt of the Earth,” a new documentary directed by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, gives social documentary photographer Sebastião Salgado (the co-director’s father) center stage and illuminates his life’s work with a focus on his photography work and travels. Salgado’s photographs cover diverse subjects, from ... more >

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An erratic but underwhelming “Chappie” hit theater screens

Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel and Hugh Jackman
Directed by Neill Blomkamp

The opening of Neill Blomkamp’s “Chappie” sweeps across multiple stories in multiple places in early stage apocalypse-Johannesburg, South Africa. A helicopter fleet of robocops dives from the sky and blasts through a collection of menacing gangsters. It’s a lovely, frantic movement of action, editing and scoring. And then everything goes wrong after that. It’s common for critics to wish that ... more >

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As new doc “RED ARMY” shows, the most successful sports franchise in history was Soviet

Why do oppressive regimes always wear such awesome uniforms? The national hockey team of the Soviet Union, also known as the Red Army team, wore the best crisp red sweaters. The letters “CCCP” on their chests looked way more intimidating than when they started “Chris” or “Peter.” For a generation of Americans, those letters might as well have spelled “KGB,” and the players should have skated in ... more >