Gavin Smith

'Happy Life'
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Review: 'Happy Life'


Set in cramped apartments and hole-in-the-wall storefronts in the East Village, Michael M. Bilandic's nanobudget comedy "Happy Life" plays like a poor schlub's "High Fidelity," centered around Keith…


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Review: 'Totem'


"It is not necessary to understand everything," says a character in German drama "Totem," which is clearly the author's message of this willfully obscure, dreary arthouse effort.

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