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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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    Los Angeles Blows Hot

    It was bloody hot in L.A. Saturday. Film Threat's Chris Gore was among those who had to evacuate their homes as fires advanced. He tweeted:

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    Supreme Court to Revisit Documentary, Dems Divided

    Supreme Court to Revisit Documentary, Dems Divided

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    Left Behind: An Interview with Hirokazu Kore-eda

    Left Behind: An Interview with Hirokazu Kore-eda

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    Box Office: "Issue" Finds Huge Friday Numbers; "Woodstock" Mild

    R.J. Cutler's Anna Wintour doc "The September Issue" is headed for some impressive opening weekend numbers, according to Friday estimates. The Roadside Attractions release took in a massive $77,232 from six New York City screens last night, averaging $12,873. It even managed $2,600 from a midnight ...

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