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Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives Reviews — Suffering from acute kidney failure, Uncle Boonmee has chosen to spend his final days surrounded by his loved ones in the countryside. Surprisingly, the ghost of his deceased wife appears to care for him, and his long lost son returns home in a non-human form.

Welcome To New York — Note: The following is a review of the 108-minute, R-rated cut of Welcome To New York, which has been assembled and released over Abel Ferrara's objections. The original cut, screened at Cannes, runs 125 minutes and was not available for a point of comparison.] "Do you know who I am?"

Charles Grodin and the fine art of reaction in Midnight Run — Charles Grodin is one of those names that, when uttered among the film and comedy cognoscenti, inevitably elicits swooning sighs and a trail of invisible cartoon hearts. He's a master of the comedy of awkwardness, whether playing characters who instigate uncomfortable situations, or put-upon everymen who squirm under duress.

The Church Of Scientology is bad at Twitter — The Church Of Scientology is bad at Twitter. In the months after the première of Alex Gibney's Scientology documentary Going Clear at the Sundance Film Festival, and with the HBO debut looming on March 29, the Church has been pummeling Gibney and his subjects through a Twitter account called Freedom Media Ethics.

Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead talk about their beguiling supernatural ... — With the fiendishly clever meta-horror of Resolution , their 2012 debut feature, Justin Benson and Aaron Scott Moorhead announced themselves as filmmakers who understood genre films inside and out, and could revivify tired old tropes. Their beguiling follow-up, , transforms the popular supernatural romance genre into a swooning, evocative metaphor for the terrors and uncertainties of love.

Another 48 Hrs. plays like a bad cover version of the original — "For Murphy And Nolte, A Sequel" For The New York Times, A Classic Headline Construction. And for a belated cash-in on the 1982 hit that launched Eddie Murphy's big-screen career, an inadvertently perfect description. Eight years separated 48 Hrs.

Spring / The Dissolve — The directing team of Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead are aware it's been done before. That was the lesson-and the starting point, really-of Resolution , their fiendishly clever debut feature, an exercise in meta-horror that picked apart the genre's tropes while serving as an effective example of them.

Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter — "THIS IS A TRUE STORY," screams the bold text that both opens the Coen brothers' and doubles as its first ironic joke. Claiming the events actually happened in Minnesota in 1987, the note says the names have been changed, but "out of respect for the dead, the rest has been told exactly as it occurred."

Serena / The Dissolve — A romantic tragedy set against a Smoky Mountain forest in the 1920s, Susanne Bier's Serena arrives cold on a slab in anatomy class, a sad specimen ready to be examined.

Crossing borders at True/False 2015 — Heading into the 2015 True/False Film Festival in Columbia, Missouri, the last two documentaries I reviewed were Kirby Dick's The Hunting Ground , about rape on college campuses, and Robert Kenner's Merchants Of Doubt , about the industry-financed "experts" who deliberately muddy the debate over the settled science of climate change and cigarette-smoking.
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Mar 31, 2015

@tvoti This is bananas, but very cool and useful. Nicely done.

Mar 31, 2015

RT @tvoti: I have over 3,000 words to say about the Fast & Furious movies. I find them fantastic entertainment.…

Mar 31, 2015

@SamuelAAdams IT FOLLOWS, though it's reign will come to an end once THE LOOK OF SILENCE comes out.

Mar 31, 2015

@MetalorIkea I know. Dumped it mere moments after posting. Embarrassing.

Mar 31, 2015

@PAPPADEMAS This is glorious. (Glad you opened with Gary The Squirrel, too. That was seriously great puppeteering at the live show.)

Mar 31, 2015

RT @PAPPADEMAS: "We're trusting that the silence isn't silence." Talked to American hero& chump steamroller @scharpling for Grantland http:…

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