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Review: ‘Gabriela’

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Despite its allusions to Sophocles, Plato and Shakespeare, "Gabriela" is pure, undiluted soap. With hardly enough substance to carry a 30-minute TV episode, let alone a feature, this spindly love…

Marty Maguire
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Review: ‘Orphan’

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An odd piece about the spiritual redemption of a hit man without the slightest suggestion of a religious context, "Orphan" possesses some moral seriousness and integrity at its core, but loses its…

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Review: ‘Bartleby’

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Jonathan Parker's absurdist update of "Bartleby" is surprisingly faithful to the spirit, if not the letter, of Herman Melville's 1853 novella about an under-achieving Wall Street copy clerk. Though…

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Review: ‘Wild Mussels’

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"Wild Mussels" is a soulful story of friends torn between the powerful pull of the outside world and ties to their isolated homeland. A critical hit in the Netherlands, actor-turned-director Erik de…

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Review: ‘My Sweet Home’

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A bunch of immigrants in a Berlin bar become the ad hoc guests at the wedding eve party of an American and his German girlfriend in "My Sweet Home," an initially neat idea that slips out of focus as…

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