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    'Fresh' Chess Connections In A 'Brooklyn Castle' (Today In History)

    'Fresh' Chess Connections In A 'Brooklyn Castle' (Today In History)

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    Telluride Review: Intimate & Devastating ‘Ginger & Rosa’ Features A Transformative Elle Fanning Performance

    Lovely and devastating, challenging yet worthwhile, Sally Potter's "Ginger & Rosa" may be the English filmmaker's best since "Orlando," and perhaps her most accessible to date. The intimate and sensual picture also features yet another terrific performance by 14-year-old Elle Fanning, who is quickly...

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    Watch Rodney Evans' 'Two Encounters' (Short Shouts)

    Brother To Brother director Rodney Evans' 2000 7-minute short film, Two Encounters, is now online, courtesy of Frameline. 

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    This Week on Criticwire: Rounding Out the Summer

    With Labor Day approaching (and the unofficial end to summer), we took a look at the best of the summer while peeking into the fall for what the coming months have to offer.

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    Recap: The Women Come To The Fore As War Looms In Episode 2 Of 'Parade's End'

    “Parade’s End” has already proven divisive. It’s been widely praised by the punditry, but many viewers have expressed frustration with its wilfully muddled structure (apparently a hangover from the even more chronologically confusing books), in which events separated by years and sometimes countries...

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    VENICE REVIEW: Anderson's 'The Master' Impresses and Befuddles; Phoenix & Hoffman Both Outstanding

    What has Paul Thomas Anderson wrought with “The Master”? A film that’s majestic and masterly if not a masterpiece, which draws sustenance from masters of the past, filmic, literary and artistic, and is pinioned by two colossal characters as it recounts the early, stuttering formation of a Scientolog...

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    European Film Academy Opens Vote for People's Choice Awards 2012

    European Film Academy opened the vote for the 2012 People's Choice Awards and announced the roster of final films for the 2012 contest - including "The Artist," "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," "The Iron Lady," and "In Darkness." The EFA invites audiences to weigh in, and if you're so inclined you...

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    Telluride Review: Sally Potter's Moving Coming-of-Age Drama 'Ginger and Rosa' Marks a Turning Point For Star Elle Fanning

    The fundamental coming-of-age conflict facing the troubled teen played by Elle Fanning in Sally Potter's "Ginger and Rosa" may look familiar, but the director brings a raw energy to the material that deepens its possibilities. Set at the height of nuclear paranoia in early-Sixties Lond...

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    Part 2 Of 'The Hobbit' Entitled 'The Desolation of Smaug,' Part 3 Dated For July 18th, 2014

    One problem with turning your two-part fantasy epic into a three-part fantasy epic is that you need to find a new title from somewhere. It's alright when a "Twilight" or a "Hunger Games" decide to split their final installment into two, because they can always go for a "Breaking Dawn Pt. 1 and 2" or...

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    Against The Bean Counter Mentality In African-American Film: 'If It Don’t Make Dollars, It Might Make Sense!'

    What we ought to be most loathed of is when “bean counters” dress themselves up as film critics and/or nestle themselves in film festival administrations or studio executive positions as gatekeepers to inhibit the progression of art for the Godless sake of profit.  And what I m...

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