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    TIFF '09 | Dima El-Horr: "Dream in Arabic, speak English and write and read in French"

    Coming from Lebanon, Dima El-Horr's "Every Day is a Holiday" is a striking debut about three women on the road to visit their imprisoned men. Mixing real politics and stark absurdity, El-Horr announces herself as a major new voice in Middle Eastern cinema. The film screens as part of Toronto’s Disc...

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    Introducing New At the Movies Team

    After they got the sack, the young and callow two Bens vanished from At the Movies, which is now gearing up for a Labor Day Weekend reboot. Just watching this preview of the Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips and the New York Times' A.O. Scott makes me eager to get back into the At the Movies habit,...

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    Academy Changes Best Picture Voting Rules

    In his new The Wrap Oscar column "The Odds," Steve Pond reveals new voting rules to accompany the top ten best picture Oscar contenders. The goal, says Academy executive director Bruce Davis, is to eliminate the possibility that one of the films could win with less than 18% of the vote. This seems...

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    Disney/Marvel Reaction Around Web

    The reaction around the web to the news that Disney is buying Marvel for $4 billion was swift--and mixed. Here's a sampling of reporting and culled Tweets:

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    Critics Faves: Arty or Artful?

    In the fall season, as hundreds of movies are launched and weighed at film festivals, critics come into their own. They don't hold much sway with audiences in the summer. But in the fall, suddenly, what they think does matter.

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    Disney to Acquire Marvel Entertainment for $4 Billion

    Marvel Entertainment was so successful as an independent studio that it's a surprise to see it gobbled up by the Mouse House. Disney announced early Monday that it plans to acquire the comics company that spawned Spider-Man, Iron Man, X-Men and The Hulk, among some 5,000 Marvel characters. “We belie...

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    Basic Formula: Cherien Dabis's "Amreeka"

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This review was originally published as part of indieWIRE's coverage of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. "Amreeka" opens this Friday.

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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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    Summer Vacation

    Summer Vacation

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    LACMA Update

    As the dust settles around the film program controversy at the Los Angeles County Museum, it's starting to look like director Michael Govan was as clever as a fox. Clearly, he wasn't happy with the way the film program was going. Announcing that he was shutting it down was a way to alert the media, ...

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    Best British Films Poll

    The London Observer has published its best British films poll 1984-2009, from "more than 60 experts - directors, screenwriters, actors, critics - and a few smart outsiders." They asked me and include my list, too, on the jump. I picked 30 films from the list for our own poll. Write in any others you...

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