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    YouTube Aesthetics Invade Film Festival Documentaries

    Comparing two very unusual new documentaries -- "Room 237" and "Leviathan" -- which bear two very different influences from YouTube filmmaking.

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    Bin Laden at the Movies: 'SEAL Team Six' Airing on NatGeo & Netflix Before Election; Plus Bigelow's 'Zero Dark Thirty' and Tell-All 'No Easy Day'

    Sorry, Mitt, but NatGeo is airing feature film "SEAL Team 6" on November 4, two days before the election. The film is a re-creation of the events, authorized by President Obama, that lead to the killing of the terrorist leader and, as the NYT puts it, serves as "the crowning national security achiev...

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    NYFF Review: Rock 'N' Roll Dreams Are Fleeting & Familiar In David Chase's Uneven 'Not Fade Away'

    For a film that’s ostensibly set to the vibrant pulse of early ‘60s rock 'n' roll and blues -- The Rolling Stones, the early Beatles, Bo Diddley, etc. -- David Chase’s directorial debut, “Not Fade Away,” sure has a curious, circuitous and eventually long-winded tempo. Set in 1964, just a few months ...

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    Review: 'Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You' Proves Its Title Wrong

    The displeasure one feels in watching, or simply enduring, the indie dramedy "Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You" is directly proportional to how throughly selfish and unsympathetic the lead character James truly is. When we're first introduced to the misanthrope, he's on the roof of his home i...

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    Dennis Haysbert, Ernie Hudson, Bill Duke Shooting Werewolf Outbreak Feature Thriller In NYC

    Earlier this week, actor Dennis Haysbert posted the following message to his Twitter page:

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    Sienna Miller Joins Bennett Miller's 'Foxcatcher' With Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo & Channing Tatum

    While it seems the big and pieces for this one have been coming together forever, we're just glad Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" is still happening. And after lining up an impressive trio of bros in Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, the film is now adding a talented actress into the mix.

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    Kino's 'Slapstick Encyclopedia' Now Cheap Enough for a Tramp

    Silent cinema diehards, take note: Kino's DVD box set "The Slapstick Encyclopedia Videobook" was made available September 25 on Amazon for the frankly unbelievable price of $11.68. Any buyers of the company's previous VHS and DVD iterations of the high-quality, impressively-programmed collection kno...

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    Oscar Talk: The Best Actress Race, Chances for 'Beasts of the Southern Wild,' 'Marigold Hotel,' 'Sessions' & 'Hitchcock'

    On this week's Oscar Talk, Kris Tapley and I discuss the best actress race, among others, and the chances for Fox Searchlight's "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," "The Sessions" and "Hitchcock."

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    Nick Fury & Howard Stark Have 'Reasonable Doubt'

    From the reels of Marvel’s biggest franchises, Nick Fury and Howard Stark are joining forces in a film together! Only, it’s not actually a Marvel flick teaming up two of its side characters, it’s just Samuel L. Jackson and Dominic Cooper moving away from big budget superhero films and taking more lo...

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    The Ongoing Trouble With 'Scandal' And Why It's Starting To Lose Me As A Viewer

    Like you, I watched the first two episodes of Season Two of 'Scandal'. The production values are higher. The style of the show is handled much better. Olivia Pope, at least, in the first episode, felt stronger. She was making decisions and leading the charge.

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