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'Foxcatcher' powerfully but subtly profiles tragedy

In the opening scene of "Foxcatcher," director Bennett Miller establishes his observational cinematic style...

'Wild' shows a foolish, rather than fearless, individual

In 1995, distraught over the sudden death of her beloved mother and a painful divorce caused by her own immoderate in...

2012 Film Challenge Awards Announced

Judges have spoken and the results are in! Announcing the winners of the 2012 National Film Challenge.

Doc Challenge returns in 2013

International Documentary Challenge is back for another year of fast filmmaking in 2013, February 28-March 4, 2013.

Based on a true story it faithfully follows, Canadian wrier/director Michael McGowan's "Still Mine" proves that a restrained love story of an elderly couple in conflict with bureaucracy can triumph. Eighty-seven-year-old Craig Morrison must face the fact that Irene, his wife of six decades and mother of their seven children, now exhibits memory problems.

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It matters little that Sebastian Silvio, the writer/director of "Crystal Fairy," also wrote and directed "The Maid," a little masterpiece. It matters only that he thought a moment in his own life would make a dandy little film, and, further, that he thought that moment and that film would interest anyone. It does not.

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In several of his films, Spanish writer/director Pedro Almodóvar indulges a riotous zaniness, including "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown," "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!" and "Volver." His newest "I'm So Excited" only periodically achieves the heights I expect from Almodóvar, though this much slighter film still delivers a few wonderfully zany moments.

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The title refers to a station along the metro-rail lines of San Francisco's Bay Area Rapid Transit system. The film, based on a true story, opens in that station with a row of screaming white police officers threatening a row of black men, forced to sit against a wall. 

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If what you want in a summer movie is more crashing and less talking, there's “Fast and Furious VI.” If you want a film where the writing is sterling, the talking is dazzling and true, there's “Before Midnight.” 

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"The Way Way Back's" opening scene finds fourteen-year-old, dorky Duncan in the farthest back seat of an old-fashioned station wagon, facing backwards, a perfect metaphor for his progress toward happiness. Duncan will have to back in on it, and darn if he doesn't even though his Cape Cod summer vacation looks like a nightmare in the making.
 

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For years, the film industry ignored the 65- to 88-year-old demographic on the theory that we did not have discretionary money to throw at the silver screen after our hair turned silver. Now that this demographic is one of the few that still goes to the movies off-line, we're being wooed. 

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What does a respected member of a tight-knit community do when he finds himself erroneously charged with inappropriate sexual behavior with his best friend's five-year-old daughter Klara? For 40-year-old Danish kindergarten worker Lucas, the answer is a devastatingly intense emotional reaction when his colleagues and neighbors doubt him in "The Hunt," an emotionally confrontational and psychologically astute film.

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That is 2 as in the number, the second in a series, not "t-o-o," as in "also." This film gives sequels a good name although it's hardly "Godfather II." It picks up where "Despicable Me" left off, that is, with the main character, named Gru, becoming a family man.

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Irish writer/director Neil Jordan has a multifaceted, extraordinary body of work, from "The Crying Game" to "Michael Collins," "Breakfast on Pluto" to "The Company of Wolves," plus Showtime's series "The Borgias." His 1994 "Interview with the Vampire" announced his interest in the vampire genre. Now "Byzantium" adds to Jordan's imaginative exploration of diverse topics.

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Teeming with archetypes brought to vivid life, the film "Mud" particularizes a crisis in 14-year-old Ellis' progress toward maturity. Ellis sneaks away from his family's Arkansas houseboat to meet up with his pal Neckbone. Ellis wants to show him a boat stranded in a tree on a Mississippi River island where they also find the fugitive Mud hiding out.

 

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The likable, Israeli Palestinian surgeon Amin Jaafari lives and works in Tel Aviv. A skilled professional, Amin dearly loves his wife Siham, is acknowledged with an unprecedented medical award from his Jewish friends, and leads a productive, professional life. It will be shattered when police inform him of a suicide bombing killing 17 people plus his wife, the bomber.

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Approaching its crisis from a reportorial perspective, the Danish film "A Hijacking" immediately establishes its two contrasting, central characters isolated in their strikingly different environments. In the opening scenes, Peter, CEO of an international shipping company, unemotionally and firmly negotiates a business deal with a Japanese team while Mikkel, cook on the cargo ship Rozen, jokes with his co-workers.

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The 13th Annual Whitaker St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase takes over the Tivoli from July 14th through the 18th, featuring a diverse collection of increasingly impressive local talent. Fifteen different programs offer 91 films running from a few minutes to feature length, stretching from animation and avant-garde works to documentaries and fictional narratives.
 

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