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    The Essentials: The 5 Best Johnny Depp Performances

    Despite the relative disappointment of "Dark Shadows" (and the film's closing on $200 million worldwide, which is nothing to be sniffed at), Johnny Depp is still one of the biggest stars in the world, something sure to only be further cemented by next year's "The Lone Ranger." And the actor must hav...

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    Brooklyn Film Festival Review: 'Old Dog' A Bold, Uncompromising Tibetan Tale

    And so the Tibetan new-wave cometh. Though merely a tiny ripple for now (consisting of about two filmmakers), the homelanders are showing a different side of their environment, one overlooked by features such as “Seven Years in Tibet” or the blockbusters currently burning the region’s box office. Pe...

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    Review: After Dark Action Pics 'El Gringo,' 'The Philly Kid,' 'Stash House' & 'Transit' An Unven Offering Of Genre Fare

    After Dark has been busy releasing a full slate of genre fare, and today we take a look at the After Dark Action lineup which dropped no less than four new movies in May. They each had a brief theatrical run are now available on VOD. Read on below to hear our thoughts on these movies featuring Dolph...

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    Brooklyn Film Festival: Short Film Block Reveals Some Promising New Talent

    Despite the insistence of a Brooklynite to quack in between films, the short showcase put on by the Brooklyn Film Festival was an invigorating experience; a presentation of some truly talented individuals who will likely impress many when their features eventually unfurl.

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    bell hooks, Cultural Criticism… On Spike Lee, 'Girl 6' & Representing Blackness In Hollywood

    I'm a little behind on my "Revisiting Spike Lee's *Forgotten* Films" series; She Hate Me was featured in the first installment in the series (read that HERE if you missed it), and I was going to tackle Girl 6 in installment #2 this week, but didn't get to it. However, my p...

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    Review: '5 Broken Cameras' Moves Immensely But Not Without Raising Crucial Questions

    Sometimes, context is everything. “5 Broken Cameras,” a film by Palestinian citizen Emad Burnat and Israeli citizen Guy Davidi, offers some context but mostly evidence for the brutal, overly aggressive Israeli army response to non-violent demonstrations. You watch with gnawing unease as soldiers lob...

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    Brooklyn Film Festival Review: '[s]comparse' Is An Interesting If Unadventurous Documentary

    There's a small Italian island in between Sicily and Africa that, for years, has served as a stepping stone for African immigrants looking for a brighter future. Recently, a large film production took to this haven in order to tell a fictional account of these people -- though, as it turns out, the ...

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    A Year and A Day Calender: Oak

    OAK The Tree of Endurance & Triumph JUNE 10 - JULY 7

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    Blast from the Past with '227: The Lost Episodes'

    227: The Lost Episodes, a live comedy show at Second City Hollywood, is giving a makeover to one of the 1980s' beloved sitcoms.

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    Immersed in Movies: Dissecting 'Prometheus' with Scripter Damon Lindelof and VFXers

    While it's not surprising that critics and journos are deeply divided over "Prometheus," it helps to have low expectations. In my case, I came away with more than I expected. I found Ridley Scott's return to sci-fi enthralling. He seems to have transcended the "Alien" universe by combining it with "...

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