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89% Waiting for Superman (2010) Guggenheim's heartbreaking film, a Best Documentary contender that did not even get nominated---he won for An Inconvenient Truth---opens with an admission of white liberal guilt.‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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79% Mother and Child (2010) There are powerful moments and the cast is note-perfect.‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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84% Whip It (2009) Though it's got first-timer mistakes (too long, too many food fights) its indie-rock girl-power charms are, like co-star Kristen Wiig, undeniable.‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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91% Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009) Precious is a hard but worthy journey.‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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81% Disneynature Oceans (2010) There's surprisingly small amount of eco finger-wagging and a touch too many suspicious reaction shots... but Oceans is marvellously, fantastically shot (very little blood, parents) and foleyed, heavy-handed soundtrack aside.‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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86% Please Give (2010) The most underrated American director this side of Richard Linklater, Nicole Holofcener, continues to be a master of The Moment: a tiny but meaningful exchange or look or gesture that conveys more emotion than any awards-bait monologue could.‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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98% Toy Story 3 (2010) Leave it to Pixar to subvert the Hollywood rule of sequels, which states that each subsequent film must have eyes full of dollar signs at the expense of quality.‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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78% Childstar (2005) Mike Goldbach wrote Childstar in 2004; this is his first feature as writer-director, and it's nimble and full of visual tricks, funny and sexy, yet somehow a suspenseful thriller.‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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3% Passion Play (2011) Terribly shot and written, Glazer's got Rourke facing death so many times that an hour in you're hoping someone will just shoot him already, or at least you, and end this awful experiment.‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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74% Everything Must Go (2011) The film is not quite there somehow-like Punch Drunk Love-level Adam Sandler, Ferrell needs a scene in which he busts out his signature belligerent yelling, or some kind of outburst, but he's just flat and defeated, and not in the Oscar-winning way.‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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8% Virginia (2012) It's not funny, it's not charming and it's only clear it's set in modern day when a character mentions the internet.‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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67% Jack Goes Boating (2010) It's tonally uncomfortable, which was probably Hoffman's intent, and though it's not a home run, there's great acting on display-another common theme in films adapted from plays.‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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50% Girlfriend (2011) Understated, well-acted and likely never to be heard from again, Girlfriend is the kind of movie you come to film festivals to see.‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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92% Tabloid (2011) It's a well-told story without any consequence or larger meaning, and it's the first round of applause I've witnessed at press screenings this year.‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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65% Tamara Drewe (2010) It's fun but overlong, not a waste of regular time, but probably of festival time.‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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46% You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010) Allen has forgotten how to write like people talk, and the muted yellows of upper-class London are as boring as the script, which contains a Viagra joke, in 2010.‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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72% Heartbeats (2011) [Director Xavier Dolan's] got an unquestionably terrific eye but a bit of a tin ear for dialogue, and continues to shoot himself in loving close-up, a detriment.‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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71% Beautiful Boy (2011) The best scenes take place in a motel room, mostly hand-held, and Bello absolutely goes for it, and it's admirable that they hold themselves back a little bit in a story that's begging for histrionics.‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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No Score Yet Mother of Rock: Lillian Roxon (2010) Featuring talking head interviews... it also contains great archival photos and excerpts from Roxon's writings, which at the time were progressive in feminism and music journalism.‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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25% Peep World (2011) A strong ensemble led by narrator Lewis Black, Peep World is reasonably funny but never overly so, and the climactic dinner doesn't feel long enough to support the preceding hourish before it.‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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55% Janie Jones (2011) It reminds me of one of those Disney movies about sports. I liked it.‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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70% Somewhere (2010) More tone poem than film, Somewhere finds Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation) at her most untethered and experimental.‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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96% The Silence of the Lambs (1991) It is a masterclass of acting, directing, writing and cinematography, of tonality, of pacing and of emotion.‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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32% How Do You Know (2010) Brooks wants to make a contemporary relationship film and a topical one about the financial crisis and winds up failing on both sides.‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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60% Kaboom (2011) Watch with friends.‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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92% Public Speaking (2011) Nonetheless, this is high-brow entertainment of the wittiest order---a little cold, but so what?‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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58% Hysteria (2012) The movie, directed by Tanya Wexler, is a pretty conventional British run at something fun, like when Stephen Frears does a funny one.‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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100% Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011) Metallica aside - Berlinger also directed Some Kind of Monster - Purgatory is beautifully framed, critical but not judgmental of the law enforcement official... and even-handed with the jailed men who are somehow not bitter or beaten by their ordeal.‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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93% Page Eight (2011) For a "spy thriller" there is zero violence, zero running, zero screaming and only minimal double crossing-the whole thing is rather civilized and zingy.‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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72% The Future (2011) Miranda July is a divisive force and a rare, vital talent.‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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75% Damsels in Distress (2012) It's completely absurd, and though overlong, completely hilarious.‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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44% Jennifer's Body (2009) Jennifer's Body assures that Cody is not a one-hit wonder - not that she needed to prove it.‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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94% Pariah (2011) Pariah is a fine debut---it's all been done, but rarely with performances this raw and real.‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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70% Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012) Many points also to director Lee Toland Krieger, DP David Lanzenberg and editor Yana Gorskaya for crafting an intimate, cool, interestingly assembled picture, hard to do with a talky feelings indie.‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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95% The Queen of Versailles (2012) The excess is astonishing and infuriating... but a very specialized slice of Americana that proves nobody is untouchable, there's no life too big to tear down.‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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55% Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) The romance plays like a studio note and you barely believe it, but the movie wrapped around it is so watchable that you can let it be. This one last time.‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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29% Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding (2012) This pleasant enough straight-to-DVD comedy stars Catherine Keener as an uptight lawyer who takes her kids (one is Elizabeth Olsen) to her Mom's for the summer.‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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92% Silver Linings Playbook (2012) The movie is a mess, but a glorious, big-hearted, beautifully acted one.‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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92% Frances Ha (2013) Shot in black and white, that and Gerwig's completely endearing, awkward and naturalistic acting style make it feel a bit My First Film, which is weird because Baumbach typically makes terrifically self-assured movies.‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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13% R.I.P.D. (2013) To call R.IP.D. "cartoonish" is probably a compliment... but it's not quite fun enough for these four excellent actors to justify taking the money.‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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84% The Way Way Back (2013) The Way Way Back has a terrific cast... but for whatever reason just never gels.‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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64% 2 Guns (2013) It doesn't work at all but it also works completely, you know? Perfect for a dumb August afternoon.‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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48% We're The Millers (2013) It's consistently LOL hilarious all the way through, and after this dreadfully straight-faced season, it's nice to finally crack a smile.‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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67% Elysium (2013) Smart late summer action film? Try the next apocalypse.‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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94% Fruitvale Station (2013) When that shot comes, you've forgotten that it's been waiting for you this whole time, and it's twice as heartbreaking now that Fruitvale Station has made you care.‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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14% The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013) They spend less than five minutes in the City of Bones. Will make you feel bad about your ab routine.‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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91% In a World... (2013) A low-stakes, languid, lovely debut.‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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76% Watermark (2014) A well-made but dull documentary about water from Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky, whose lauded Manufactured Landscapes was a similarly stoic, beautifully photographed, boring look at industrial manufacturing.‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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49% Carrie (2013) A near word-for-word remake... Kimberly Peirce's version of Carrie is an unnecessary update with its own charm nonetheless (and 100 percent less full-frontal nudity, thankfully).‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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90% Frozen (2013) Highly, highly recommended.‐ The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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