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    Tribeca Review: 'Supporting Characters' Is A Middling Movie, But A Decent Would-Be Pilot Episode For A Show We Might Watch

    What fascinates about “Supporting Characters,” the new relationship comedy premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival, is that it’s greatest strength also registers as its most notable weakness. This decidedly Noo Yawk tale of an editing team in New York City and their satellite frien...

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    'War Witch' and 'The World Before Her' Take Top Prizes at 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

    Kim Nguyen's "War Witch" and Lucy Mulloy's "Una Noche" were the big winners of the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival narrative competition, while Nisha Pahuja's "The World Before Her" took the top documentary competition prize at the fest. The winners were announced Thursday night at an awards ceremony at ...

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    Tribeca Review: 'Graceland' Mashes Together Suspense Thriller With Sobering Child Trafficking Drama, With Mixed Results

    Mild-mannered husband and father Marlon Villar is just having one of those days. The boss is on his case. His wife is being needy. His daughter is acting up. The cops are bugging him. “Graceland” begins as a compendium of what some adults would call a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Wah w...

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    Tribeca 2012 Review - "Broke" Paints An Incomplete Picture Of The Many Forces Draining Athletes' Bank Accounts

    NOTE: This was a work-in-progress screening of the film I attended.

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    'Anchorman' Director Adam McKay To Helm 'Uptown Saturday Night' Remake With Will Smith & Denzel Washington

    This is a project that has been in development so long we figured it was simply never going to happen. First picked up way back in 2002 by Warner Bros. as a starring vehicle for Will Smith, the project has been kicked around for over a decade and David Dobkin ("Wedding Crashers") was long ...

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    Tribeca Review: 'Beyond The Hill' A Slow Burn Without The Burn

    Initially a proficient micro-budget character study with promises of suspense, "Beyond The Hill" squanders its tension by hitting repetitive notes and devolving into a heavy-handed parable. Emin Alper's little bag of tricks can't sustain an entire film and no amount of beautifully-...

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    The Emotional NYC Premiere of "Keep the Lights On" at Tribeca

    Being a gay film person in New York has its perks, one of which was being able to follow the production of a movie we all felt would be really important. Ira Sachs' "Keep The Lights On" was the movie, it was the summer of 2011, and we were all excited to have a gay-themed story told in...

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    The Duplass Brothers To Write Drug Tale 'Mule' For Todd Phillips To Direct

    With two mega-hit "The Hangover" movies under his belt, Todd Phillips is a man who has options. And if you remember, back in Feburary, it was reported that he was eyeing four different projects for his next directorial gig after "The Hangover Part III." Well, it looks like one of...

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    New In Release This Weekend: "Restless City," "Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story," "96 Minutes"

    Nothing new in wide release this weekend, as far as *blac cinema* is concerned; but a few limited-release titles you should be aware of, starting with AFFRM's 3rd release, Andrew Dosunmu's visually-stunning immigrant tale Restless City, which, I assume, you're very well familiar wit...

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    Tribeca Review: 'Deadfall' Starring Eric Bana & Olivia Wilde Is Trapped In A Blizzard of Coincidence & Two-Dimensional Characters

    "Deadfall" starts off strong enough – three criminals, led by Addison (Eric Bana) and his sexy sister Liza (Olivia Wilde) speed away from some unspecified job (it's later revealed to be a casino heist). It's icy out and their driver (the only black character in the whole movie) overcompensates, avoi...

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