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    "Koran by Heart" Offers So Much More Than the Usual Competition Documentary

    Greg Barker's "Koran by Heart" is the latest in an ongoing stream of competition documentaries out this year. But calling it "'Spellbound' in Arabic," as Variety's John Anderson has done, is way too simple and obvious. Anderson does at least acknowledge in his review that the comparison, quoted slightly out of context for the marketing of the film, is indeed only the "shorthand" response. Even Barker claims it is "a competition film, first and foremost," but his doc goes above and beyond that genre, providing audiences with much to consider about the transnational compass of Islam, the followers of which are united by a religious text but may...

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    First Look At Color & Black & White Photos From Madonna's 'W.E.'

    Update: Photos removed by the request of the Weinstein Company. Update 2: 1 photo back up at the TIFF site.

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    Drafthouse Films Pick Up Apocalyptic '80s Dance-Fight Flick 'The FP'

    Lawrence Kasdan's 'Darling Companion' & Dakota Fanning Vehicle 'Now Is Good' Find HomesUntil "Zoolander 2" happens, "The FP" is the closest we'll get to a whole movie about breakdance fighting and the film that created a buzz at SXSW this spring, now has a home.

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    John Akomfrah's "The Nine Muses" Gets Limited Theatrical Release

    The Nine Muses, the latest offering from award-winning Ghanaian-born Brit director, John Akomfrah's, will get a 1 week theatrical run here in New York City at the theaters at the Museum Of Modern Art.

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    Watch Octavia Spencer In Trailer For Award-Winning Comedy "Herpes Boy"

    Not really sure what to make of this trailer for a film called Herpes Boy, which Octavia Spencer from The Help co-stars in.

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    Ryan Gosling Goes Blonde & Gets Inked In Pics From 'The Place Beyond The Pines'

    Who Are Handsome Luke & The Hearthrobs?"Crazy Stupid Love" may have opened this weekend, but the ever busy Ryan Gosling is already at work on his next film, reteaming with "Blue Valentine" director Derek Cianfrance for the generational grudge drama "The Place Beyond The Pines" -- and the actor is sh...

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    Von Trier Isn't Pulling Back on Nymphomaniac, "Something Which Could Generate Some Press Attention"

    Not one to pull his punches, Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier--perhaps in an attempt to deflect the media from reporting on his connection (via Dogville) to Norwegian accused terrorist Anders B. Breivik-- is making more waves regarding his next movie, Nymphomaniac, which is looking at an English-lang...

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    'Doctor Who' Star Karen Gillan Top-Lining Indie Rom-Com 'Not Another Happy Ending'

    The revival of long-running sci-fi series "Doctor Who" has been, it's fair to say, a huge success. Becoming appointment viewing for kids and adults alike in the U.K, it's virtually the biggest drama in the country, and has become bigger and bigger abroad as the years go on. So far, however, it's sta...

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    Samuel L. Jackson Gets Jiggy In Trailer For Modern-Day Gladiator Fighting Drama "Arena"

    Samuel L. Jackson co-stars in this indie action movie that was intially titled Deathsport, when it was announced over a year ago.

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    Fantasia '11 Review: 'Blackthorn' Catches Up With A Retirement Ready Butch Cassidy

    For the most part -- aside from a few forgettable/unknown titles -- no one has really taken on the legend of Butch Cassidy since Robert Redford and Paul Newman went out guns blazing in George Roy Hill's 1969 instant classic. Though "Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid" lives on as a cinematic touchstone and cultural reference point, the legend has largely been kept off the big screens as the boots of Redford and Newman are large to fill indeed. So you have admire the stones of writer Miguel Barros, director Mateo Gil and actor Sam Shepard for breaking the forty year taboo and making what is essentially a sequel (though more like a continuation...

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