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'Madame Courage': Venice Review

Courtesy of Venice Film Festival The Bottom Line A modest, verite-style film that takes a while to start tackling its vast and complex subject. Venue Venice Film Festival Cast Adlane Djemil, Lamia Bezouaoui, Leila Tilmatine Writer-Director Merzak Allouache Algerian director Merzak Allouache’s new film looks at a young thief and his relationship with the women ...

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'The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Maddin': Venice Review

Courtesy of Venice Film Festival Guy Maddin in ‘The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Maddin’ The Bottom Line Well worth a look. Venue Venice Film Festival (Venice Classics: Documentaries) With Guy Maddin, Udo Kier, Isabella Rossellini, Kenneth Anger, John Waters, Stephen and Timothy Quay Director-screenwriter Yves Montmayeur French cine-doc specialist Yves Montmayeur follows his Michael Haneke study with a suitably eccentric ...

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'Solace': Film Review

Blake Tyers The Bottom Line Long-delayed thriller could defy low expectations Opens Sept. 9 (France), Sept. 25 (UK) Cast Anthony Hopkins, Colin Farrell, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Abbie Cornish Director Afonso Poyart Star turns by Anthony Hopkins and Colin Farrell as psychic adversaries boost box office prospects for this neo-noir thriller that’s been 15 years in the making. Afonso Poyart’s Solace finally sees the ...

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'The Visit': Film Review

Grandpa has a dirty secret and Granny goes bump in the night in M. Night Shyamalan’s comic horror-thriller A family get-together starts out strange and quickly enters nightmare territory in The Visit, a horror-thriller that turns soiled adult diapers into a motif. Told from a camera-equipped kids’-eye-view, M. Night Shyamalan’s latest is well cast and strong on setting. But the dull ...

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'11 Minutes' ('11 Minut'): Venice Review

Courtesy of Venice International Film Festival Wojciech Mecwaldowski in ’11 Minutes’ The Bottom Line Full of sound and fury and signifying nothing new. Venue Venice Film Festival (Competition) Cast Richard Dormer, Wojciech Mecwaldowski, Paulina Chapko Director-screenwriter Jerzy Skolimowski Polish veteran Jerzy Skolimowski crafts a puzzle-like assembly out of the fragments of a handful of disparate lives in this suspense drama ...

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