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    Debra Granik Eyes HBO Series With Midwest-Set Pilot 'American High Life'

    Given that “Winter's Bone” helmer Debra Granik has supplied star turns to not only Jennifer Lawrence but Vera Farmiga as well, it's surprising to see her name mentioned still on so few projects. Luckily however, change is in the wind, and since Granik dropped her “Pippi Lon...

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    Now and Then: 'Haywire,' 'Bourne' Trilogy Prove That Style Is Substance

    Steven Soderbergh is a tough guy to peg. He made his name with a densely talkative indie about orgasms ("sex, lies, and videotape"), and in 22 films since has tackled everything from classy capers ("Out of Sight, the "Ocean's" trilogy) to the biopic of an iconic revolutionary ("Che"). But one thing ...

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    MAD MEN RECAP 7: LADY LAZARUS

    "But listen to the color of your dreams//It is not leaving, it is not leaving." --The Beatles, "Tomorrow Never Knows."

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    Review: 'Girls' Unfortunately Stumbles Into Sitcom Territory

    As we mentioned in our review of the season premiere, "Girls" came out of the gate strong, exhibiting a fresh approach and confidence that many shows don't often have in their first season. Navigating the complexities of sex, relationships and friendships between women in Manhattan, Lena Dunham's ef...

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    GIRLS RECAP 4: HANNAH'S DIARY

    I hoped the title of this week's episode wouldn't imply what I had a feeling it implied. I hoped we'd just see Hannah writing in her diary, or hear snippets in a voice-over—something, anything besides another character reading Hannah's diary and getting information s/he didn't want, while I watched,...

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    Review: A Diva, A Dog & 20 Years In D.C. On 'Veep'

    If over the last couple of episodes of "Veep" we've been critical of the writers overstuffing their plot, that's not an issue this time around. But unfortuantely, the titular subject of the episode (who really only comes into play in the last third), is also the least interesting.

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    Bootlegging And The Plot Against African American Film

    To my knowledge, the concept of Bootlegging and its affect on African-American cinema has not been explored in any substantive detail. In general, we all know that bootlegging severely diminishes the box-office of African-American films and it should be discouraged, but the bootlegging of Afric...

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    Arthouse Audit: 'Marigold' Is 'Avengers' for Seniors, 'First Position' and 'Bernie' Score

    While it didn't have 24-hour shows at some locations, and didn't set any records, just as "The Avengers" raised the bar for 2012 wide-release films, Fox Searchlight's "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is showing the best results for specialized/older audience films since 2011's late-year openings.

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    Weekend Reel Reads: It’s an Avengers World, We Just Read About It

    From poster board to poster to pirates, this week's selection of film-related reads looks at all stages of the Avengers experience.

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