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    NYFF Review: 'Goodbye First Love' Looks At Young Romance Without Affection

    Television and movies love to indulge us in pre-adulthood nostalgia. Whether the bait is loose (young hooligans causing a ruckus) or more specific and event-oriented (prom, which we've seen less of lately because, well, prom sucks), the powers that be tug at our heartstrings and force us to look back at a time free of major responsibilities and full of fresh experiences. The glazed schmaltz can be off-putting for some, but occasionally sincerity shines through and we get something that captures the emotions extraordinarily well (for this writer's money, "The Virgin Suicides" and "The Girl" are uneven but nail certain feelings on the head). Bu...

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    The Biggest Overlooked Box Office Hit

    I admit we get so caught up with big box office weekend numbers that sometimes we overlook other successes that fly under the radar. They may not make $55 million in a weekend like Paranormal Activity 3 , but still they're impressive in their own way.

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    Weekend Box Office: Paranormal Activity 3 Scares Off Three Musketeers, Breaks Horror Record

    Horror prequel Paranormal Activity 3 easily frightened off all comers on this World Series weekend with a mighty $54 million take. Charles Lyons reports.Paramount spooked the box-office for an estimated $54 million, with its micro-budget-turned-macro-franchise, Paranormal Activity 3 (72% Tomatometer...

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    Weekend Box Office: 'Paranormal Activity 3' Collects All-Time Biggest Horror Opening

    Clearly, there are some bonafide ad wizards over at Paramount after this weekend’s $54 million performance by “Paranormal Activity 3.” While the franchise appears to have its share of detractors, with some growing tired of the “found footage” subgenre, this picture carried surprisingly-generous crit...

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    Weekend B.O. (Oct.21-23) And A Question...

    I'm a dope. I mean really. I could kick myself. How come I didn't come up with the idea for Paranormal Activity? I mean the premise is so simple. Set up a video camera, have absolutely nothing happen for 20 minutes and then have a lamp jump off the table by itself and everyone jumps out of their ...

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    Design The Perfect Landing Page For Your Film's Website?

    What are the top individual film websites? What are the top ones not funded by a major distributor?

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    Morelia Festival Three: Woman Without a Soul, Santa, The Last Cristeros, the President's Wife

    Meredith Brody continues her enviable Mexican sojourn at the Morelia International Film Festival: The choice is easy for me for the first film today, even though there are ten competing screenings (however, three are at another Cinépolis multiplex, Las Americas, that I’ve been warned off by Festival...

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    LFF '11 Review: Michael Winterbottom's 'Trishna' Is Picturesque, But Entirely Lacking In Passion

    Over his career, Michael Winterbottom has hopped frequently from genre to genre, from subject matter to subject matter, rarely covering the same territory twice. But one of the few things he has returned to is the work of Thomas Hardy. The late 19th century British author has so far inspired two of...

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    Also New On DVD & VOD - Sean Baker's "Prince Of Broadway"

    I missed this in my weekly "New On DVD/Blu-ray/VOD" post earlier this week.

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