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Critical glance at W.Va. International Film Festival offerings

By Staff, wire reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Thirteen films are part of the Spring International Film Festival, which runs Thursday through April 22. Here's a look at how they rate on the movie review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes. (Listed in alphabetical order. Not all films reviewed.)

<B>"Beginners"<P>

Average rating: 7.3 out of 10

Wearing its twee heart on its sleeve, "Beginners" explores the depths of modern, multi-generational romance with wit and depth.

<B>"Bill Cunningham New York"<P>

Average rating: 8

Suffused with happiness and modest charm, "Bill Cunningham New York" offers a touching, gently humorous portrait of its subject without invading his jealously guarded privacy.

<B>"Carnage"<P>

Average rating: 6.8

It isn't as compelling on the screen as it was on the stage, but "Carnage" makes up for its flaws with Roman Polanski's smooth direction and assured performances from Kate Winslet and Jodie Foster.

<B>"A Dangerous Method"<P>

Average rating: 6.8

A provocative historical fiction about the early days of psychoanalysis, "A Dangerous Method" is buoyed by terrific performances by Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley and Viggo Mortensen.

<B>"The Guard"<P>

Average rating: 7.7

A violent, crackerjack comedy with a strong Irish flavor and an eminently likable Brendan Gleeson in the main role.

<B>"Pina"<P>

Average rating: 8.3

"Pina" is an immersive, gorgeously shot tribute to the people who express life through movement.

<B>"Poetry"<P>

Average rating: 8.6

"Poetry" is an absorbing, poignant drama because it offers no easy answers to its complex central conflict.

<B>"Project Nim"<P>

Average rating: 8.1

Equal parts hilarious, poignant and heartbreaking, "Project Nim" not only tells a compelling story masterfully, but also raises the flag on the darker side of human nature.

<B>"The Skin I Live In"<P>

Average rating: 7.4

"The Skin I Live In" lacks director Pedro Almodovar's famously charged romance, replaced with a wonderfully bizarre and unpredictable detour into arthouse ick.

<B>"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"<P>

Average rating: 7.8

"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" is a dense puzzle of anxiety, paranoia and espionage that director Tomas Alfredson pieces together with utmost skill.


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