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Film, Film Feature The Best Films of 2013: Our Critics Choose Their Favorites

The Best Films of 2013: Our Critics Choose Their Favorites

Sherilyn Connelly 1. Spring Breakers Nothing about Harmony Korine's film should work, and shame on him for using footage from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic without giving credit, but what looks at first like a Pedobear fantasia is actually…
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Film, "Stories We Tell": Documenting Family Secrets

"Stories We Tell": Documenting Family Secrets

Where fact-fiction hybrid documentaries are concerned, the game of wondering what's really "true" can too easily degenerate into mere indulgence, leaving behind little more than just those quotation marks. Alternatively, more rarely, it can be a blessed riddle. In Stories…
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Film, "Take This Waltz": Sarah Polley's Summer of Loves

"Take This Waltz": Sarah Polley's Summer of Loves

Sarah Polley's second feature, much like her first, the superb Away From Her (2006), thoughtfully probes the pitfalls of coupledom and third-party threats. Five years into their marriage, Torontonians Margot (Michelle Williams) and Lou (Seth Rogen) have regressed fully into…
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Film, "Splice": One crazy test-tube mutant of a movie

"Splice": One crazy test-tube mutant of a movie

Though Sundance-screened and sporting an upscale cast, writer-director Vincenzo Natali's Splice has a mad science quality. He has crossbred a self-serious psychodrama and a queasy creature-feature, and unleashed this malformed freak on the world. Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley are…
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Film, Memory Loss

Memory Loss

In the superbly tacit chamber piece Away From Her, intolerable pressure is brought to bear on the 44-year marriage between a college professor and his homemaker spouse after she is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Grant Andersson (played by veteran Canadian…
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Film, Fixin' to Die

Fixin' to Die

"I really like the cold -- it makes me feel really alive." There are few more attractive (or more atypical) things a woman can say, and when wunderkind Sarah Polley says this in My Life Without Me -- to a…
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