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    Review: Adorable 'Gimme the Loot' Makes Graffiti Artists Look like 'The Little Rascals'

    Editor's note: A version of this review originally ran during the 2012 SXSW Film Festival.

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    SXSW '12 Review: 'The Aggression Scale' Is Like 'Home Alone' With More Death (But Not As Fun As That Sounds)

    "The Aggression Scale" is like "Home Alone" with more death. If only it were as good a time as that description might lead you to believe. Directed by Steven C. Miller, who last made the Syfy Original "Scream of the Banshee," the movie is a schlocky pleasure when it fin...

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    SXSW '12 Review: Celebrity, Notoriety & Living In Public As 'Frankie Go Boom'

    "Frankie Go Boom" opens with a home video from a long-ago washed-out suburban childhood, as Bruce tricks his brother Frankie into a pitfall prank that's both caught on tape and a trap for the two of them; flashing forward to adulthood -- or something like it -- Frankie (Charlie Hunnam)...

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    Cross Post: Nina Menkes - Cinema as Sorcery

    I have fallen in love with Nina Menkes.  Her films have taken me there, in their descent to the depths of her psyche, and by way of hers, to my own.  I continue falling in love with her as she shares her experience of making her art.  She speaks of her films as dreams that she interpr...

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    Weekend B.O. (March 9-11) Disney's Slight Sigh Of Relief

    The sound somewhere in the distance of a slight sigh of relief that you faintly hear is from all those Disney execs relieved that their $300 million sci-fi epic John Carter didn't do as disasterously as been been feared and predicted by many insiders.

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    SXSW REVIEW: 'Sinister' Is a Familiar Haunted House Movie, But That's What Makes It Work

    A dark and stormy horror movie of the Stephen King variety, "Sinister" steps carefully through familiar territory. Anchored by a moody Ethan Hawke performance and classically unsettling scare tactics, this icy supernatural thriller from director Scott Derrickson ("The Exorcism of Emil...

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    SXSW REVIEW: Matthew Lillard's Directorial Debut, 'Fat Kid Rules the World,' Owes Much to Jacob Wysocki

    Matthew Lillard's directorial debut, "Fat Kid Rules the World," is a standard coming-of-age movie; it never does anything surprising or adventurous. But if you accept it on those terms, it's an entirely serviceable ode to punk rock as the ultimate panacea for teen angst.

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    'Game Change': The Pain and Glory of Sarah Palin

    The HBO film "Game Change," airing tonight, does an impressive job of creating sympathy for Sarah Palin in its portrayal of the 2008 Republican presidential campaign. It presents her VP run as a slow-motion car crash that represents what's wrong with our electoral process. The question...

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    Joss Whedon at SXSW: 'You have to become your own network head.'

    Joss Whedon is the rarest of creatures in his ability to move between television, film, comics and web series with fluidity and a distinctive creative voice. It's been a career with its fair share of heartbreak -- like the cancellation of his 2002 space Western series, "Firefly," ...

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    Angela Bassett To Co-Star In Untitled Fox Pilot

    As I've stated before, this is the time of year when alll the commerical TV networks announce casting picks for pilot projects for next season. And from the numerous postings we've made lately on S & A, it seems that a lot of black actors and especially actresses are getting cast in impo...

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