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Review: ‘The Dance’

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For a pic that spends most of its time inside prisons, "The Dance" is an often strikingly beautiful piece of work. Shrewdly composed and emotionally rich visuals enhance the nitty-gritty details of…

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Review: ‘Girl Hood’

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Winner of the audience award for documentary at 2003 SXSW Film Festival, Liz Garbus' "Girl Hood" is a grim but engrossing look at lives of two troubled teens who must convince authorities -- and…

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Review: ‘Sexless’

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Despite warm reception by hometown crowd at Austin's SXSW Film Festival, where pic won top audience and jury prizes for narrative feature, Alex Holdridge's filmed-in-Austin "Sexless" may be luckless…

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Review: ‘Girl Wrestler’

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Barely substantial enough to merit its 57-minute running time, "Girl Wrestler" sustains interest primarily due to appealing subject. Documentarian Diane Zander follows Tara Neal, a 13-year-old Austin…

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Review: ‘Go Further’

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A frankly unbalanced ode to environmentally conscious attitudes and values, documentarian Ron Mann's "Go Further" is unquestioning agitprop for vegetarianism, hemp fiber, solar energy, sustainable…

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Review: ‘Flag Wars’

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A narrative voiceover -- or more informative on-screen titles -- and judicious editing would sharpen the focus of "Flag Wars," an intriguing sociopolitical docu that grows increasingly diffuse in the…

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