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The Lives of Others (movie)

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  • Film Review: 'Fair Play'

    In Czechoslovakia circa 1983, a state under the grip of a seemingly all-powerful communist regime, a talented young sprinter risks her career by resisting the "special care" program designed to boost her competition times in the solid, well-acted drama "Fair Play." In her straightforward but involving third feature, Czech helmer-writer Andrea Sedlackova uses a sports story to explore how totalitarianism exacted a high price from those aspiring to preserve their dignity and principles. The result should see plenty of play on the international fest circuit; its domestic rollout in March garnered some 60,000 viewers.
  • Karlovy Vary Fest Spotlights Variety's Critics' Choice Lineup

    The 10 pics championed by variety critics selected to screen at the Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival next month are an eclectic mix of the year's best-reviewed Euro-backed features. Representing a wide sample of different genres, countries and languages...

    Movie review: 'The Wall' makes isolation work

    Movie review: 'The Wall' makes isolation work
    "The Wall" is a remarkably involving film, especially given its brave, self-imposed limitations. Writer-director Julian Roman Pölser, working with the superb Martina Gedeck ("The Lives of Others") — in effect, the movie's sole actor — has...

    Movie review: 'W.E.'

    Movie review: 'W.E.'
    "W.E.," Madonna's second go at directing a feature film, leaves one wishing she'd find other creative outlets for those times when she's bored with the pop-star life. A new fashion line? Another documentary disassembling her latest truths and dares? What...

    'Day's' end: McClane tale tapped out in final 'Die Hard' ★ 1/2

    'Day's' end: McClane tale tapped out in final 'Die Hard' ★ 1/2
    "A Good Day to Die Hard" isn't just the weakest of the "Die Hard" pictures; it's a lousy action movie on its own terms, even without comparing it to the adored 1988 franchise launch starring Bruce Willis as John McClane, the New York cop who's a carnage...