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    Venice Mounts a Resurrection but Opener "Baarìa" Hits the Skids

    After the train-wreck of Venice 2008, it was clear that something had to be done. But what? Responsiveness to emergencies has never exactly seemed one of the Latin virtues, and many fans feared that the festival - the longest-running in the world, and one of the most beloved - might turn into the ci...

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    With New Fest Section, Sundance Embracing Low & No Budget Movies

    In a move aimed at showcasing more low and no budget films, the Sundance Film Festival has announced the creation of a new section for its upcoming 2010 event. Dubbed "Next," the section which will feature six to eight narrative feature films, "selected for their innovative and original work in low-...

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    Festival Season: Feast and Famine, Ten Hot Toronto Pick-Ups

    Going into the fall festival season in Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York, we know the following:

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    10 Things The Fall Fests May Tell Us About Awards Season

    The kick-off of the Venice Film Festival tomorrow marks the annual turning point for the fall awards season. Over the next 19 or so days, Venice, Telluride this weekend and Toronto next week will offer both industry, and in Toronto's case the public, a glance at dozens of films that may or may not ...

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    Colossal Youth: Alexis dos Santos's "Unmade Beds"

    As long there as there are young people living out their dreams in cities, there will always be young filmmakers eager and willing to follow them around churning out Bohemian anomie portraiture. Kids in urban settings constitute a broad enough arena of exploration that we'll always have the good (P...

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    Tarantino Reviews There Will Be Blood, Sunshine, Taxi Driver

    Brit Sky Movies gave Quentin Tarantino a shot at programming, and he reviews his selections. Not surprising if you've ever spent any time with him, the guy's a perceptive and engaging critic.

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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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