Jay Weissberg

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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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Review: 'Certain Women'

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Longtime doyenne of avant-garde cinema Peggy Ahwesh teams with video artist Bobby Abate to plumb the proto-feminist messages deep within novelist Erskine Caldwell's texts, but neither the message nor…

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Review: 'Rigoletto'

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Dutch opera bad girl Corina van Eijk re-imagines "Rigoletto" in a John Waters world, but in the process chucks out the emotion along with the meaning. Genuine feeling here is given low consideration…

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Review: 'The Garden'

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White man's burden turns nightmare in Zeka Laplaine's take on colonial conceit, "The Garden." It is hampered by a screenplay in which characters rep intellectual notions rather than real people, but…

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