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H'w'd's new toga party

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The studios have clear mandates for their tentpole pics: The films must lend themselves to sequels, fast-food tie-ins, endless merchandising possibilities -- and controllable budgets. So why are so…

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Review: 'Rosa La China'

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For a film set in Cuba in the turbulent 1950s, "Rosa La China" is amazingly uninvolving. Inspired by the era's popular radio soap operas, film boasts impressive credits, not least a screenplay by one…

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Review: 'Aiki'

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Ingredients that could have been the stuff of generic movie-of-the-week sentimentality are given depth and a more subtle emotional yield in "Aiki," in which an ancient martial arts discipline becomes…

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Review: 'My Voice'

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The king of African musicals, Flora Gomes, welds a joyful, toe-tapping songfest with serious social commentary in "My Voice," a Euro co-production set in Gomes' native Guinea Bissau and -- shades of…

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Review: 'See How They Run'

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A fine cast at the top of its game, and a script that effortlessly keeps a dozen balls in the air at the same time, make Gallic relationship comedy "See How They Run" a considerable delight. Veteran…

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