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    NYFF ‘11 Review: Scorsese's George Harrison 'Material World' Doc Is A Moving & Striking Portrait

    Rock 'n' roll and Academy-Award-winning Italian American filmmaker Martin Scorsese are inextricably linked. After decades of creating striking pictures soundtracked to the likes of the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, and the Phil Spector-produced Girl Group strut and constructing documentaries about some of the biggest giants in contemporary music -- Bob Dylan ("No Direction Home:Bob Dylan"), The Band ("The Last Waltz") and the Stones ("Shine a Light") -- Scorsese finally turned his gaze to one titan in rock he had yet to cross paths with, The Beatles. Or more specifically in this case, the enigmatic "quiet" Beatle, George Harrison (though tr...

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    NYFF '11 Review: 'Dreileben' Is An Accomplished, Dense Trilogy Spanning Murder, Love & More

    With the recent upsurge in quality TV programming and the ensuing embracement by cinema-goers, it was only a matter of time before film festivals actually started programming pieces originally made for the tube. Both "Carlos" and "The Red Riding Trilogy" were of this ilk; flicks broadcast on the small-screen that retained their cinematic quality but took advantage of the long-form storytelling television provided. "Dreileben," the latest of these undertakings, centers on a murder across three feature films each with their own perspective. Things open innocently with a youthful romance, the loose murderer and subsequent manhunt only lurking in...

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    Review: 'My Joy' Is A Searing Blast On Russian Society Past And Present

    After admiring the mixing process of cement, two men heartlessly drop a dead body into the vat. The sun shines, a bulldozer covers the hole, and people get on with their workday. Wait a second, Sergei Loznitsa, you don't really mean that title sincerely, do you?

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    Review: 'Dream House' Is An Awful Nightmare

    Universal has gone out of its way to market the unfortunately dour "Dream House" as a gooseflesh-raising thriller, emphasizing a pair of ghostly girls and positioning them on a decaying staircase in an image eerily evocative of Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining." The fact that this image is so fleeting that its presence in the movie could easily be counted in the milliseconds didn't matter to them. After being delayed due to reshoots and nearly every creative principle publicly distancing themselves from the film (including director Jim Sheridan and stars Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz), they needed to drum up all the sizzle they could for this s...

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    Polanski's Carnage: Reviews, Oscar Prospects

    Roman Polanski's Carnage played well in Venice and opened the New York Film Festival Friday night. Adapted by Polanski from Yasmina Reza's Tony-winning comedy God of Carnage, which was a hit in Paris, London, New York and Los Angeles, the movie will be catnip for Sony Pictures Cl...

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    You Can See MARTHA MARCEY MAY MARLENE No Matter Where You Are

    How often does a distributor truly do a really impressive job making sure that people all over the globe can see an art film? How often does a true indie open globally? How often does a true indie play at film festivals all over the world? I am told that only once in the last ten years has a film...

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    Watch: John C. Reilly Is Thrilled To Find Out His Kid Is In A Gang In Amusing Clip From 'Carnage'

    Oscar contender or merely an amusing trifle? The jury is still out on Roman Polanski's "Carnage" which premiered in August in Venice to mostly good reviews (our own man in Italy said he felt it was more of the latter in his review). The film is making its first North American appearance this weekend...

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    Get a Head Start On the 49th New York Film Festival

    Get a head start on the 49th New York Film Festival (it kicks off today) by checking out reviews of some of the big films playing at the event and interviews with some of this year's talent.

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    "Sarah Palin - You Betcha" Review: Less Hit Job, More Frivolity

    "Sarah Palin - You Betcha" Review: Less Hit Job, More Frivolity

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    New Tool: Play Festival Films new Digital Distribution Ipad App

    Play Festival Films is an iPad App to digitally distribute exclusive and independent shorts and feature films across the world.

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