David Stratton

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Review: 'Finding Joy'

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Dedicated "to all homeless animals," this homemade pic is of historic interest in Australia because it is the first to be released in several cinemas simultaneously in a digital-only version…

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Review: 'Twist'

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In the closing credits of his first feature, "Twist," Canadian actor-turned-director Jacob Tierney thanks Charles Dickens, whose well-loved novel is the basis of this pic. Perhaps Dickens wouldn't…

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Review: 'The Python'

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As she demonstrated in her award-winning shorts and her first feature, "The Shoe" (1998), Latvian filmmaker Laila Pakalnina has a distinctive approach. Her new film, "The Python," which is her first…

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Review: 'Threads'

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Moroccan born, Chicago-based filmmaker Hakim Belabbes returned to Bejjaad, the village where he was born, to make "Threads." Pic is about a dying exile going home with his daughter, who speaks no…

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Review: 'Vodka Lemon'

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Distinguished by ravishingly beautiful images of a desolate community enveloped in heavy snow, Kurdish director Hiner Saleem's fourth feature film is a little gem that takes a potentially grim…

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Review: 'White Dove'

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Opening title carries a warning that some viewers might find the hand-held camerawork used in this film hard to watch; it proves to be an understatement. The never still, all over the place…

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Review: 'Rosenstrasse'

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Director Margarethe von Trotta returns to film with "Rosenstrasse," a sober, unsensationalized enactment of a Holocaust incident. Von Trotta keeps sentimentality at bay and, as a result, the film…

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