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    My Week with Marilyn Reviews: Well-Mounted Period Fantasy Earning Mostly Raves for Michelle Williams

    The New York Film Festival is in full swing, reaching its midpoint Sunday with the centerpiece gala, Simon Curtis's My Week with Marilyn. Telluride eagerly wanted to book the film, but Curtis was working with distributor Harvey Weinstein on adding material and the film wasn't finished in time; in fa...

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    Review: ‘Texas Killing Fields’ Is Often Intense & Bruising, But Ultimately Frustrating & Uneven

    Exhibiting immense technique, incredibly moody, tense atmospheres and meticulously crafted aesthetics, the dark crime thriller, “Texas Killing Fields,” demonstrates that director Ami Canaan Mann has inherited some serious skills from her famous filmmaking father Michael Mann.

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    Official Trailer and Oct 21st Release Date for "Elevate" Docu About African Teens With NBA Dreams

    The feature documentary Elevate, featured at the Heartland Film Fest in Indianapolis this month (Oct 13-22), was profiled on our site back in June; when we annouced its screening at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

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    Dule Hill Reveals What To Expect From His Character On "Psych" This Season

    I have to admit, I still haven't had time to sit down and watch a full episode of Psych and, based on the recommendations of some of our S&A readers, I should be. Hopefully I'll get a chance to catch up soon because Dule Hill's character Gus will be getting "kissy-face" this season.

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    Netflix Change Their Minds Again, Scrap Qwikster, No Longer Splitting Into Two Companies

    Things have been pretty rosy for Netflix these last few years. Starting as a humble VHS-rental company in 1998, they swiftly became the market leader in DVD rentals, helping to pretty much bury Blockbuster, delivering one billion discs by 2007, and reaching 23.6 million subscribers as of April this year. They've also been ahead of the game in delivering a streaming system, which is, after all, where the home video market is heading, and have become the first stop for film fans looking for online content. And 2011 was going pretty well for them; they announced plans to roll out in Europe in 2012, and are going to be producing their o...

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    NYFF: Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky Talk Ethics, Media & Witch-Hunts In The West Memphis Three Docs

    Documentary Filmmakers Of The 'Paradise Lost' Movies Talk The Challenges Of Making Films About Wrongly Convicted MenIt’s not easy to distill the story of the West Memphis Three and the three “Paradise Lost” documentaries (though reading our review of “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory” might provide some p...

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    Sundance May Not Be Big Factor in This Year's Oscar Race

    Even with Sony Pictures Classics behind it, Jeff Nichols' Take Shelter, which has earned raves for Michael Shannon, failed to lure audiences this weekend. Hopefully it will build strong word-of-mouth and critics group votes at year's end. But even though Sundance has launched multiple Oscar nominees...

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    The “Queen Hussy” Chronicles w/ Pete Chatmon: Issue 3

    Last Sunday we premiered the first episode of Queen Hussy, kicking off the 50,000 View Challenge. It's our first foray into the space so there's a lot of daily learning, but we're happy thus far with the views we've compiled. There are a few special videos being cut right now, so once those are off ...

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    Idris Elba Wins Top Honor at UK Crime Thriller Awards

    Friday night (Oct 7), Idris Elba was awarded the U.K.’s annual Crime Thriller Award for Best Actor for his lead role in the BBC series Luther.

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    Director Jim Sheridan Didn't Like 'Dream House' Either, Tried To Take Name Off Film

    Could Direct 'Sheriff Street Stories' About Childhood In Ireland NextIt's always disappointing when strong directors come out with a film that is absolutely terrible. Jim Sheridan's "Dream House," with an 8% critics' rating on Rotten Tomatoes and only $14.5 million dollars in box office so far, initially had a boatload of promise with charismatic stars Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts, but what we saw was terrifyingly bad (and not because trailers promised a horror story à la Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining"). And just as everyone was beginning to wonder what had happened, besides the extensive reshoots, the LA Times reported late la...

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