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  • Caryn James
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    Review, "Super 8": Who Is This Movie For?

    All the way through J.J. Abrams’ perfectly congenial Super 8, I kept wondering: who is this film for? Child-friendly though it is, it’s obviously not aimed at kids, who expect something less nostalgic than the story of middle-school students in a 70’s suburb riding bikes and making a zombie movie. And if you grew up watching E.T. and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, you’ll appreciate the references, but a flat-out nostalgia-fest isn’t really enough. Like a too-faithful screen adaptation afraid to tinker with a novel, this adoring homage to Spielberg is easier to admire than to love.

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  • Caryn James
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    Watch J.J. Abrams' Own Childhood Super 8 Film on Jimmy Kimmel

    We know that Super 8 is based on J.J. Abrams' childhood love of movies, but last night he brought Jimmy Kimmel the visual proof: a horror film he made as a boy. Brief though it is, The Attic is complete with special effects, a large knife, bad dialogue.

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  • Spout
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    On DVD: "The Wild Hunt" Entertains, Disturbs, and Will Have You Begging for More

    “The Wild Hunt” is a film so creatively conceived and hauntingly executed it will stick with you long after the first viewing. I caught it on the big screen over a year ago in Canada and have been waiting for a good opportunity to share it with American friends ever since. The film is available on DVD starting this week and I’m back in the US, so it seems a good a time as ever to rave. It’s also an oddly appropriate week to bring up “The Wild Hunt” due to the opening of “Trollhunter” in theaters. They’re both wildly entertaining and oddly compelling mash-ups of a number of different genres, unexpected thriller/comedies with singularly inventive narratives. While you’re waiting for the Norwegian “monster” movie to open in your city, check out “The Wild Hunt” on home video.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Ice-T Locks In Deal To Stay On "Law & Order: SVU: For At Least 2 More Seasons

    Fans of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit may be pleased to know that one of its co-stars, Ice-T (who recently jumped into the reality TV show game) has signed a new deal that will see him remain on the series for at least 2 more years.

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    More: Television
  • The Playlist
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    Exclusive: Poster For Terrific Festival Documentary 'To Be Heard'

    One of the most pleasant surprises of the 2010 festival circuit was the beat-poetry verite documentary "To Be Heard," a movie we went into blind and reemerged with intense adoration, calling it "damned genuine" and praising its avoidance in being an overwrought and cliche “inspirational feel good story." Directed by a posse consisting of Amy Sultan, Roland Legiardi-Laura, Edwin Martinez, and Deborah Shaffer, while also being produced by Dialogue Pictures, it follows three Bronx high-schoolers (Anthony, Pearl, and Karina) who struggle with their city life. In order to avoid falling into dangerous lifestyles and pessimistic outlooks, they channel their personal frustrations into powerful, radical poetry; a platform they use to overcome the streets. It's a premise ripe for a low-budget movie starring any given former Oscar winner, but thankfully the filmmakers cut the bullshit and go right to the heart.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Did You Know A Musical Version Of "Ghost" Was In The Works? Watch A Preview

    As we already know, Whoopi Goldberg won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance in the film version... does this work for anybody? :)

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    More: WTF?, Theater
  • The Playlist
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    First Poster & Clip Arrive For Latest Pixar Short 'La Luna'

    We're be decidedly un-enamored of Pixar's recent approach to their features: this year's "Cars 2" looks, if anything, worse than its predecessor, and being jammed between last year's "Toy Story 3" and 2013's "Monsters University," the studio, one of the true bastions of creativity in the industry, seems to be heading towards the sequel-happy approach of every other big company, with next year's "Brave" being the only confirmed original project on their slate (although we've got no doubt that there are plenty of other films in the works), and big name directors like Andrew Stanton and Brad Bird being wooed away to the live-action world for films like "John Carter" and "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol."

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "The Black Power Mixtape" Is Getting A Theatrical Release!

    It's been awhile it seems since I last wrote about this film; Goran Hugo Olsson’s The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, the documentary that premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and was recently acquired for distribution by Sundance Selects.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    The Lilly Awards: Saving Women From Disappearing in Theatre

    The Tony Awards are on Sunday night. There are very few female nominees. Even the NY Times is starting to think this is a problem. (Note to NY Times theatre writers and reviewers - don't think that just because you are writing this story you are relieved of your own complicity in this problem. While you don't produce plays, you do help set the agenda with your personal tastes and those tastes have not been friendly to women. Ask any female playwright and she will tell you.)

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Review Of "Yelling To The Sky" (Call It The Cinematic Equivalent Of Miles Davis' "Bitches Brew")

    Soon after last night’s NYC premiere of Victoria Mahoney’s feature film directorial debut, Yelling To The Sky, I congratulated Victoria on the accomplishment, and in an attempt to summarize my thoughts on the work, I told her that my immediate reaction was, after a very brief hesitation, “positive,” with an obvious uncertainty. She laughed! I followed :)

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