Ken Eisner

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Seattle 'Spies' a winner

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The French-made "OSS 117: Nest of Spies" sneaked off with the Golden Space Needle Award, the top audience prize at the Seattle Film Festival, during the annual awards brunch at the namesake landmark.

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Review: 'Rounding First'

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A number of nascent talents gather around a story that never quite makes it to home base in "Rounding First," a kid flick featuring three youths -- all of whom have high-profile experience already…

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Review: 'American Fusion'

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Great cast chemistry, sharp dialogue, and a free-for-all pile-on of ethnic stereotypes make this a comedy of multicultural errors. A rare look at middle-aged love and cross-border shopping, as well…

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Review: 'Hinokio'

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Despite the implication of its title, sci-fi kidflick "Hinokio" is not about a machine that wants to become a boy. It's about a boy who uses a robot to reconnect with the world, and to shield himself…

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Review: 'Ashura'

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A timeless tale gets redone in "Ashura," a Kabuki classic here given sexy, f/x-laden treatment that only outstays its welcome in final reels. Top cast, wildly eclectic soundtrack and intriguing use…

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Review: 'Illumination'

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The mesmerizing "Illumination" establishes first-time feature maker Pascale Breton as a stunningly original talent. Its dogged focus on one seemingly disturbed young man's rites of passage may prove…

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Review: 'The Volatile Woman'

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A "Woman of the Dunes" suburban style, "The Volatile Woman" is an OK two-hander in which the basics of an imbalanced relationship are boiled down to the barest ingredients. Followers of indie Nippon…

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Review: 'Skritek'

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Folk tale meets silent film in the wordless but eventful doings involving a Czech family and the meat-packing plant where dad works (and cheats on mom). Debt to Buster Keaton and silent comedy is…

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