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    The Films Of Nicolas Cage: A Retrospective

    Yes, the career of Nicolas Cage has taken what one can argue is a serious nosedive in recent years. His frightening hairline has become the butt of endless jokes, his personal life is always a mess (he named his son Kal-El after Superman and he's on his third wife), and his take-a-paycheck career ch...

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    Review: Chris Eska's Meditative, Slow-Burn Civil War Drama 'The Retrieval'

    Chris Eska’s beautifully made Civil War drama “The Retrieval,” which opens at Film Forum April 2, is a quietly stirring journey into America’s ravaged heartland of 1864. It follows three black men, two fully grown and one barely on the cusp of adolescence, as they walk North and navigate the complex...

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    Review of Freida Mock's Anita: The Story of a Hero

    Director Freida Mock does justice to a woman who stood up for the truth.

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    Shifting The Conversation On Black Cinema Towards The Love Of Film & Away From Box Office

    Shifting The Conversation On Black Cinema Towards The Love Of Film & Away From Box Office

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    Watch: 'Veep' Wants To Be The Most Powerful Person On Earth In New Season 3 Trailer

    “Veep” is back, but will Selina’s staff make the cut for future seasons? HBO just debuted the trailer for Season 3, and in it we see “The Drew Carey Show” alum Diedrich Bader dissecting the many faults of Selina Meyer’s staff. Last season ended with the sitting, but never seen, president deciding no...

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    Slow Box-Office Finds ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’ In First Place; ‘Need For Speed’ Stalls In 3rd

    Well, this was unexpected (that is if you’re not attentively looking at Friday and Saturday numbers with a sniper’s eyes). You might think, considering the success of “The Fast & Furious” series, that something similarly adrenaline-focused like the vroom-fast “Need For Speed” film would be critic-pr...

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    Watch: A Drug Dealer Longs To Go Legit In The Teaser and Trailer for Starz's 'Power,' Produced By Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson

    Take a look at a teaser and trailer for "Power," Starz's upcoming nightclub drama starring Omari Hardwick ("Middle of Nowhere").

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    Watch: “The 50 Greatest Vaginas of the 20th Century” Plus Gag Reel And Other Unrated Clips From ‘Anchorman 2’

    If you thought the long awaited follow-up to “Anchorman” played it too close to the chest, then the upcoming “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues The Unrated Cut” might be for you. The sequel felt too long and heavily relied on jokes from the original. But by the looks of these clips, a lot of origina...

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    Despite Box Office Success, 'Veronica Mars' Experiences Digital Snafus

    It was good news and bad news for "Veronica Mars" this weekend. Fans turned out in droves to support the Kickstarter-funded film, driving the box office to a healthy $2 million from 291 theaters (265 in the U.S.). But technical issues with the film's "free" download for Kickstarter backers caused pr...

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    Petition Launched to Include Katniss Among MTV Awards' Heroes

    "Best Hero" is the only non-acting category without a single female nominee.

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    Watch: Exclusive Trailer for Tribeca Viewpoints Opener 'Summer of Blood,' Starring Alex Karpovsky

    Opening this year's Viewpoints section at the Tribeca Film Festival is Onur Tukel's sure to be oddball dark comedy "Summer of Blood." Indiewire has the exclusive trailer.

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    Top 10 Indies in the iTunes Store This Week: Oscar Winners Dominate

    Each Monday we present you with the most up-to-date list of the top 10 indie movies in the iTunes store, combining rentals and purchases. This week, Oscar winners "12 Years a Slave," "Dallas Buyers Club" "The Great Beauty" and "20 Feet from Stardom" dominate the list.

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    SXSW Review: Documentary 'Above All Else' Obscured By Narrow Focus

    In the interest of full disclosure, I'm firmly against the Keystone XL pipeline that will start in Canada and cut through the United States to the Gulf Coast. If it goes through, I think it's an environmental disaster waiting to happen, with an economic boost that would temporarily benefit the avera...

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    Box Office Top Ten: DreamWorks Scores Hit & Miss, 'Veronica Mars' Scores Day-and-Date Landmark, 'Grand Budapest' Soars

    Two surprise entries in the weekend box office top ten were Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel," in only 66 theaters, as well as Kickstarter-financed "Veronica Mars." Two wider new releases opened soft: "Need for Speed" and "Tyler Perry's Single Woman's Club."

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    Arthouse Audit: 'Bad Words,' 'Enemy' and 'Le Week-End' Best of Modest Openers

    As the post-Oscar surge abates, a wide range of new releases opened this week. They fell far short of the total of last week's massive opener "The Grand Budapest Hotel" (Fox Searchlight) which expanded this weekend to reach #8 in only 66 theaters. Also in the Top 10 is "Veronica Mars" (Warner Bros.)...

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    Watch: Julia Louis-Dreyfus Attempts Operation Lady POTUS in the Trailer for Season Three of 'Veep'

    Is Selina Meyer, the hapless main character of "Veep" played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, to be VP no longer? Check out the trailer for season three of the HBO comedy.

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    "Divergent" Hamstrung by Faithfulness, Say First Reviews

    Although Shailene Woodley gets good notices, the first movie in the YA trilogy spends too much time on setup to get off the ground.

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    Tribeca Unveils Talks and Panels Lineup; Includes Kevin Spacey, Aaron Sorkin, Bryan Cranston and More

    The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) has unveiled its lineup for this year’s Tribeca Talks and Tribeca Innovation Week’s Future of Film series. Included in the mix are Kevin Spacey, Ron Howard, Michael Douglas, Aaron Sorkin, Thelma Schoonmaker, Skip Lievsay, Lee Daniels, Terence Winter, Bryan Crans...

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    Exclusive: A Robbery Gets Planned In Clip From SXSW & Fantasia Film Festival Winner 'Cheap Thrills'

    They say when opportunity knocks, you should open the door, but that adage is taken to twisted levels in the forthcoming "Cheap Thrills," where a night of boozy drinking leads to decidedly sinister activities.

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    Watch: New Trailer, Clip & Pics From Hammer Horror 'The Quiet Ones' Starring Jared Harris

    While the forthcoming "The Quiet Ones" boasts all the hallmarks of horror movies you've seen before — an ancient evil, a based on a true story premise, things banging around loudly — there is reason to be optimistic. Firstly, it's the latest from the revitalized Hammer horror shingle, who dropped th...

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