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    Tribeca: Why 'The Mindy Project' Star and 'Alex of Venice' Director Chris Messina is the Real Deal

    In the midst of a frenzied 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, with prominent names lighting up the red carpets and filmmaker hopefuls traipsing alongside indie scene stalwarts, it's an incredible feeling when you find the genuine article -- a film that strikes an emotional chord while showcasing under-tapp...

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    Critic's Choice: Three Lively Discoveries From The Tribeca Film Festival

    Here are three lovely, beautifully-realized, low-key films worth catching at the Tribeca Film Festival. Two have well-known actors (though no superstars) and another none at all, but all three surprised me by making familiar ideas or approaches feel excitingly alive on screen

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    Tribeca Review: ‘Alex Of Venice’ Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Don Johnson & Chris Messina

    In the tranquil suburbs of Venice, Alex, an environmental rights attorney, is about to receive one major rude awakening. A workaholic, Alex brings home the bacon, while George, her stay-at-home husband, runs the household, and takes care of both their son Dakota and Alex’s forgetful, pot-smoking fat...

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    Meet the 2014 Tribeca Filmmakers #33: Chris Messina On How He Completed 'Alex of Venice' While Shooting 'The Mindy Project'

    Chris Messina both directs and stars in "Alex of Venice," a drama about Alex, (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a woman pushed past the comfort zone of everything she knows. Previously known for his work on "The Mindy Project" and HBO's "The Newsroom," this is Messina's directional debut.

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    Juno Temple, Jesse Plemons Join 'Black Mass,' Sam Worthington And Anna Kendrick Eat 'Cake' & More

    Anytime Johnny Depp is making a movie that doesn't require feathers or gaudy makeup we're interested, and thus "Black Mass" has our full attention. And the cast for Scott Cooper's film just keeps getting better and better.

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    Watch: Visit 'Palo Alto' With New Trailer For Gia Coppola's Feature Debut Starring Emma Roberts & James Franco

    The name Coppola carries with it some weight, not just because of the legacy already attached to Francis Ford Coppola, but also the oeuvre carved out by Sofia Coppola. But now Gia Coppola (Francis' granddaughter) is getting in the family way with "Palo Alto," her debut feature film and a new trailer...

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    San Francisco International Film Fest Selects Opening and Closing Night Films

    Now in its 57th year, the storied San Francisco International Film Festival has selected its opening and closing night films.

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    Critic's Picks: The 8 Most Underappreciated Supporting Actors (and Characters!) on TV

    We're kicking off our look back at the year in television by taking some time to salute some of its unsung (or at least less appreciated) heroes, the characters who've stolen the spotlight or emerged as far more compelling than anyone might have guessed from their starts.

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    Director Harmony Korine, Holly Hunter & Chris Messina Join Al Pacino in David Gordon Green's ‘Manglehorn’

    "Manglehorn" is probably some kind of variation on the nickname some critics may have given to filmmaker David Gordon Green's career. Green started out an adored indie darling in the vein of Terrence Malick (who would produce Green's third feature "Undertow" based on Malick's story), but three absur...

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    Recap: 'The Newsroom' Season 2 Episode 1, 'The First Thing We Do, Let's Kill All The Lawyers'

    After a rocky first season, both compelling and cringe-worthy in equal doses, and sometimes all at the same time, Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" is back for a second season and it has undergone some significant retooling. The writers' room was given a shakeup, and even as production got underway, Sor...

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