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    Review: "The American"

    Cool, understated, stripped to essentials, “The American” centers upon the sort of American anti-hero -- the laconic cowboy, the perennial outcast, the reform-minded gangster making one final heist, the bad man seeking redemption -- who used to appear regularly onscreen but has been pushed aside of late by action heroes and comic vulgarians. Although the themes stressed in Rowan Joffe's adaptation of the late Martin Booth's 1990 novel “A Very Private Gentleman” are conventional -- escape from one's past, the fresh start made possible by the right woman -- director Anton Corbijn's comparatively astringent approach invests them with a refreshin...

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    Who is Joyce McKinney, star of Errol Morris' Tabloid?

    Who is Joyce McKinney, star of Errol Morris' Tabloid?

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    Film Movement Lands Cannes Winner "Illegal"

    The French and Russian language film, "Illegal," from director Olivier Masset-Depasse, which won the SACD Prize at this year's Cannes Director's Fortnight, has been picked up by Film Movement for North American distribution. The film will have a limited theatrical run, and will show on Cable VOD, ba...

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    Review: "Black Swan"

    Resembling a “Red Shoes” on acid, “Black Swan” takes the idea of giving one's all for art to a morbid extreme. Applying the gritty handheld technique he successfully employed in the working class environs of “The Wrestler” to the rarefied domain of classical ballet, Darren Aronofsky swooningly explo...

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    5 "Black Swan" Reviews To Excitedly Wake Up To

    It's a been a while since I woke up with the kind of anticipation that comes with knowing that inside your laptop lies a bunch of reviews for one of your most anticipated films of the year... But this morning that was most definitely the case in Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan," which debuted in Venice seven or so hours ago. See reaction for yourself below, but it certainly seems like I should be counting the minutes until I can see this film in Toronto next week (and I'll also admit I may have quickly skimmed each review for any recognition of Winona Ryder's performance first and foremost, to which "tiny role but excellent work" seemed to be ...

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    eOne to Take "Jolene" Across U.S.

    eOne to Take "Jolene" Across U.S.

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    Tsai Ming Liang to Receive Honor at Pusan

    Tsai Ming Liang to Receive Honor at Pusan

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    Ball of Fire

    Gary Cooper was the archetypal American long before either John Wayne or James Stewart moved into that spot, but he died relatively young fifty years ago and the passionate fervor with which he was adored has been forgotten.  His tall good looks combined with a little-boy innocence was like catnip for women:  the word is that of all Hollywood players, Cooper had the highest score.  His acting style was imitable but not emulatable.  Orson Welles told me he’d stood not more than three feet away from Coop while a close-up of the actor was being made and was convinced that it would have to be re-taken because he could see not...

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    Meet Me in St. Louis

    Gene Kelly is often credited as the key man in the birth of the modern movie musical of the late 1940s, but Gene himself said he felt the first modern picture musical was released in 1944, starred Judy Garland as she became a woman, and was directed by her soon-to-be first husband, Vincente Minnel...

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    Seven Join 32nd Aspen Filmfest

    Aspen Filmfest unveiled seven titles that will screen during its 32nd edition, including titles from Sundance, Toronto, SXSW, Dallas, Hot Docs, Los Angeles SilverDocs and Cleveland film festivals.

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