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  • Cannes Film Review: 'Run'

    The tumultuous recent history of the Ivory Coast is refracted through the ever-shifting identity of the title character in "Run," an impressive if not fully realized first feature from French-Ivorian writer-director Philippe Lacote. Retracing the strange, winding road that led an ordinary young man to assassinate the prime minister of his country, this elliptical coming-of-age fable manages to feel dreamy, moody and picaresque by turns, punctuated by moments of startling violence, and gently imbued with a sense of mysticism rooted in African folklore. But in assessing the toll of civil war on a nation's psyche, Lacote too often mistakes listlessness for lyricism, and his treatment of its protagonist's story in heavily symbolic terms tends to short-circuit emotional investment over the long haul.
  • Review: Family ties bind and swaddle in 'Mother of George'

     Review: Family ties bind and swaddle in 'Mother of George'
    "Mother of George" is an unexpected gem about true love, infertility and a meddling mother-in-law. The couple under duress is part of Brooklyn's close-knit Nigerian immigrant community. Not a side of that borough we usually see. But it is the kind of...

    Sundance Film Review: 'Calvary'

    Writer-director John Michael McDonagh and actor Brendan Gleeson made a big international splash with 2011′s "The Guard," a terrifically entertaining action-comedy that offered little indication of the depths of humor, compassion, despair and grace...

    2013 Fall movie preview

    2013 Fall movie preview
    The 2013 Fall Movie Preview is a broad snapshot of films opening through Nov. 1. Release dates and other details, as compiled by Oliver Gettell, are subject to change. SEPT. 6 36 Saints Two New York City detectives hunt for a serial killer targeting...

    Fela Kuti Movie Picks Up Nigerian Director

    Focus Features is moving ahead on a Fela Kuti biopic, attaching Andrew Dosunmu to direct its drama about the Nigerian musician. The Cine Mosaic production is produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher and Leigh Blake. Fela Kuti pioneered Afrobeat as a fusion of...