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    Greta Gerwig Shot Secret Film She Wrote Last Year, Could Hit Festivals As Soon As The Fall

    Indie darling Greta Gerwig is not, whatever her screen persona might suggest, an actress without ambition. Since her debut with a small role in Joe Swanberg's "LOL," she's been rising steadily through the ranks, working with many of the heavyweights of the so-called "mumblecore" movement like the Duplass Brothers and Ti West, moving into the mainstream with Noah Baumbach's "Greenberg," and even taking supporting roles in big studio comedies like "No Strings Attached" and "Arthur." And at the moment, she's on a run of working with a string of some of the most acclaimed filmmakers today: reuniting with Baumbach on HBO pilot "The Corrections," appearing in Woody Allen's "To Rome With Love," and leading the long-awaited return of Whit Stillman with "Damsels In Distress," which opens this Friday.

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    Review: Guy Maddin's 'Keyhole' Beautiful And Brassy...But Frustratingly Sealed

    Let us pause, then, to contemplate the fate and fortunes of the director who does not have his or her eye set on the five-picture deal, the glossy franchise, the production wing in the bungalow offices of some major studio; what becomes of the director who only wants to make art and make it well? Canada's Guy Maddin clearly has no eye on commercial success -- rumor has it that his next feature might actually be in color -- and instead prefers to stand at the edge and peer into the abyss to look for what's next. This is a unique vantage point, to be sure, but it's also perilous if one should fall; "Keyhole" is both too much and too little, a crowded smorgasbord of genre picture tropes and haunted house tricks that leaves your eyes and brain distended with both far too much to absorb and far too little to sustain.

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    "Walls of Leila" - Love Story Between Cape Malay Girl & African American Boy Set In Cape Town

    Courtesy of our friends at Africa Is A Country:

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    'Little Miss Sunshine' Star Abigail Breslin To Lead Vincenzo Natali's 'Haunter'

    An oddity at the start of summer of 2010, the overlooked “Splice,” from “Cube” director Vincenzo Natali was an equal parts Paul Verhoeven and David Cronenberg-style body horror film, that was fortunately able to sidestep some third act contrivances to create a pretty memorable time at the movies. We liked it quite a bit, but the film bombed at the box office, casting some doubt of the future of the talent Natali’s career. He toyed with the idea of adapting the comic book “Alpha Flight” during press rounds for “Splice,” but most notably lined up a directorial gig with the adaptation of William Gibson novelization “Neuromancer” and a horror anthology film entitled “Paris, I’ll Kill You,” which were all options that piqued our interest at the time. Now it looks as if another project may be moving forward rather quickly for Natali, along with a familiar face joining the cast.

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    The Permanence of Film, The Impermanence of Life: 'Your Brother. Remember?'

    The Permanence of Film, The Impermanence of Life: 'Your Brother. Remember?'

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    King Of The World: The Films Of James Cameron

    James Cameron is, in case it has escaped your attention, the most successful filmmaker in history. The Canadian director hadn't exactly been starved for box-office smashes early in his career, but his last two films, "Titanic" and "Avatar," have taken nearly five billion dollars between them, the number one and two hits of all time. He's also the man behind the "Terminator" franchise, helmed one of the best-liked of the "Alien" series, has become a deep-sea explorer, and, uh, gave the world flying piranhas.

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    Criticwire Picks: Stillman's 'Damsels in Distress' Mostly Worth the Wait

    Fourteen years after "The Last Days of Disco," Whit Stillman has a movie in theaters again. And critics generally like it. With a "B" average from Indiewire's Criticwire Network, "Damsels in Distress" is this week’s Criticwire Pick of the Week.

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    African/African American Feature Films & Shorts To See At The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

    We've profiled almost all of these (except the shorts mostly) so the titles should be familiar; but no matter, this list is a good place to start for those of you planning to attend screenings at the festival and want to know what "black films" you should be looking out for.

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    Watch: 5 Minutes Of Clips From 'The Lucky One' With Zac Efron Plus Full Soundtrack Details

    Oh boy, Zac Efron's "The Lucky One" is coming, and in case you couldn't tell, this was his "serious" movie. Director Scott Hicks ("Shine," "Snow Falling On Cedars," "No Reservations") is going to make sure you feel it in every frame.

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    Review: The (Mostly) Delightful 'Damsels In Distress' A Welcome Return By Whit Stillman

    From the moment the Sony Pictures Classics logo pops up not in the usual blue -- but in cupcake frosting pink -- you know that Whit Stillman's first film in 13 years (!) is going to be something special. While word from Venice -- where the film closed the festival before heading to TIFF -- was good, the question to be answered was whether or not Stillman's style and cinematic persona would stand up in a filmmaking landscape that has changed immensely since "Last Days of Disco." Well, let there be no doubt: Stillman is just as enjoyable as when we last met him those many years ago and "Damsels In Distress" finds the director with lots (and lots and lots) left to say.

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