Jay Weissberg

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Review: 'The Jokes'

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A multi-generational cast of well-known Italian comics performs one skit after another in "The Jokes," a mildly amusing but largely forgettable entry from prolific helmer Carlo Vanzina. Punch-lines…

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Review: 'Justice'

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Following up her award-winning docu of a Dutch adolescent's tribulations ("Desi"), helmer Maria Ramos returns to her native Brazil for a despairing look at the trials of defendants and defenders in…

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Review: 'Hollow City'

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Making her feature debut, Maria Joao Ganga establishes herself as a talent to be watched. While not entirely free from first film slip-ups, Ganga's calm, unsentimental look at the realities of a…

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Review: 'Aaltra'

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Unsympathetic characters generate wicked mirth in Belgian comic duo Benoit Delepine and Gustave Kervern's "Aaltra," a road movie with a difference. There's no moralizing as two nasty wheelchair-bound…

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Review: 'Virumaandi'

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The action sequences come too early in Kamal Haasan's "Virumaandi," but narrative inventiveness and enjoyable characters keep interest from lagging. If the anti-death-penalty message gets lost amid…

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Review: 'Dead End Run'

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More an exercise in style than a feature film, cult helmer Sogo Ishii's mile-a-minute genre buster "Dead End Run" uses every editing trick in the book. Rapid cuts, loopy angles, bouncy cameras and…

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