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Review: ‘Hari Om’

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"Hari Om" emerges a pleasant but formulaic effort that may be too Westernized for Indian auds and too commercially superficial for Western arthouses. Still, smartly produced tale of a French beauty…

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Review: ‘Writer of O’

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Pola Rapaport's "Writer of O" benefits from an interesting subject -- Dominique Aury aka Pauline Reage, pseudonymous author of erotic literary classic "The Story of O" -- even if the treatment isn't…

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Review: ‘Brides’

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Veteran Greek helmer Pantelis Voulgaris' 10th feature, the primarily English-language "Brides," is old-fashioned in both tone and virtues. This tale of mail-order brides crossing the Atlantic from…

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Review: ‘Red Dust’

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Brit TV helmer Tom Hooper's bigscreen debut "Red Dust" is a respectful, well-crafted, but unmemorable drama about South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation process. Given the track record of major…

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Review: ‘Embers’

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Middle-age sexual passion has seldom been as tortuously polite as it is in Nippon drama "Embers." Signifying partial return to the Nikkatsu Corp. softcore genre that helmer Kichitaro Negishi launched…

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Review: ‘Childstar’

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Second directorial feature for prolific Canadian multihyphenate Don McKellar, makes tepid stabs at Hollywood satire, farce, poignancy and other approaches, sans coherent gameplan or moment-to-moment…

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Review: ‘Autograph’

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Pleasant ego trip stars Tamil writer-director-producer Cheran as a man reviewing his life so far -- and the women who influenced its course. Offshore viewers are unlikely to be inspired by slick…

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Review: ‘Everyone’

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Dour ensemble comedy in which a gay wedding provides occasion for all attendees to reveal just how emotionally crippled they are. Gay or straight, every relationship here is dysfunctional. Pic feels…

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