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Florida Film Festival:4-17-2010

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April 17

The Warlords (*****) A harrowing, emotionally involving Chinese war film by veteran director Peter Chan, The Warlords takes on the unfilmable Taiping rebellion and tames its subject by focusing on a disgraced General (the phenomenal Jet Li) who bands together with a den of thieves-turned-soldiers and teaches them to fight back and win. The only problem is what to do with that pesky absolute power once it's obtained. Chan's film feels bigger — Shakespearian, in fact — because it's kept so intimate. By the final fratricidal battle, the film's demonstrative heft is on brilliant, and enveloping display. JS (6:30 p.m., Regal Winter Park; also 7 p.m., April 18 at Regal Winter Park)

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Films on 4/9

Paper Man

Films on 4/10

The Secret of Kells, How to Fold a Flag, Homewrecker, What's ‘Organic' About Organic?, My Suicide, Winter's Bone, The Tiger Next Door,The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Drones, Cleanflix, The Revenant and Cropsey

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Don't Let Me Drown, The Lottery, Dumbstruck, Cooking with Stella, The Young Composers Challenge, Obselidia, No. 4 Street of Our Lady, Lovely, Still, Con Artist, Cummings Farm and Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky

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Lost Sparrow, Mid-August Lunch, Bomber, Best Worst Movie, I Am Love and Punching the Clown

Films on 4/13

The Wind Journeys and Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields

Films on 4/14

Racing Dreams, Harry Brown and The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls

Films on 4/15

Waking Sleeping Beauty, New Low and K-20: The Fiend with Twenty Faces

Films on 4/16

The Sun Came Out, A Million in the Morning, Space Tourists, Welcome, Leaves of Grass, and Solitary Man

Films on 4/17

The Warlords

Films on 4/18

Wild Grass Not screened for critics. (6 p.m., Regal Winter Park)
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