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Film, "The Forgiveness of Blood": Family Feud Unravels Sublimely

"The Forgiveness of Blood": Family Feud Unravels Sublimely

Director Joshua Marston demonstrated his ability to sustain almost unbearable dramatic tension in his debut feature film, Maria Full of Grace. His sophomore effort, The Forgiveness of Blood, illustrates an impressive deepening of that skill. Working from a script co-written…
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Film, The Opposite of Suck

The Opposite of Suck

About once a year -- twice, if we're lucky -- a first-time director shows up with something original, electrifying, and humane, a film that shows us a new way to see, that presents complex and memorable people in whom we…
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Film, Leaning <i>Sideways</i>

Leaning Sideways

Our best movies of the year may have been anything but the best to a few of our critics — such is the dilemma of offering employment to writers of dissenting opinion. In other words, the No. 1 film of…
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Film, Gag Order

Gag Order

Winner of the Dramatic Audience Award at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, Maria Full of Grace is an uncomfortably realistic look at a 17-year-old Colombian woman who, desperate for a job, agrees to swallow capsules of heroin and transport them…
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