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Review: 'Farewell Pavel'

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Juxtaposing East and West Europe, Dutch filmmaker Rosemarie Blank's third feature, "Farewell Pavel," concerns a Russian journalist in Holland and his adolescent son in St. Petersburg, and the growing…

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Review: '24 Nights'

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NYU alum Kieran Turner's writing and directorial debut is a romantic comedy-drama about a gay man who still believes in Santa Claus. The script shows some promise, but the technically raw pic is so…

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Review: 'The Magic Fire'

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A certain mothballed air hangs over Lillian Garrett-Groag's "The Magic Fire" --- not just because it's a "memory play," but because the autobiographically inspired, fictionalized memories here feel…

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Review: 'Family'

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The family depicted in this film is clearly supposed to be a microcosm of the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan, and the viewer almost needs a crash course in the recent history of that small…

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Review: 'Oo-Bla-Dee'

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With the author's characteristic fluidity and passion, Regina Taylor's "Oo-Bla-Dee" chronicles the struggles of post-war jazz musicians trying to make sweet music over the intrusive societal noise of…

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Review: 'The Guest'

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Alessandro Colizzi's first feature is something of a throwback to Italian cinema of the past, a stately, beautifully photographed, mostly interior drama about a young woman whose life is shattered by…

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