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    STEVEN BOONE: Blind Fury: Notes on Chaos Cinema

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This is yet another view concerning the Chaos Cinema debate. This time it's from writer-critic Steven Boone, who published this piece on his blog Big Media Vandalism. He warns the reader if you haven't watched both chapters of Matthias Stork's video essay Chaos Cinema: The Decline and Fall of Action Movies, don't bother to read what follows.

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    Review: Not A Racing Fan? 'Senna' May Not Convert But Still An Absorbing Account Of A Great Athlete

    Engaging, well-paced and an absorbing behind-the-scenes account of a world many are unfamiliar with, the race-car documentary "Senna" by director Asif Kapadia, is not unlike a sports doc you'd see on ESPN (think the excellent and compelling "30 For 30" series), but thanks to Universal, it is being targeted directly at the art-house crowd.

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  • Hope for Film
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    Come To Warsaw This October For The Killer/Hope Celebration!

    What? You claim you can't make it to my "mogul" talk at TIFF. So, what are you doing this October? Among other things, I am going to the 27th Warsaw Film Festival. The very same international film fest where my wife's production THE IMPERIALISTS ARE STILL ALIVE! last year won the 1-2 Competition. This year though I am headed for a very special event.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Strike Back Episode 3, Kill Zone: Recap and Review

    Action series Strike Back goes to Africa, and David Chute likes it.South Africa plays itself, rather than standing in for India or Afghanistan, in the third episode of the excellent Strike Back. This dense and propulsive counter-terrorism action series (based on a novel by former SAS officer Chris Ryan), a Sky/Cinemax cross-pond co-production based in Johannesburg, location-jumps from inner city shanty towns that could be in Kingston or Mumbai, to red-earth desert landscapes that echo the Spanish scrub of the Sergio Leone westerns, but with a richer color palette. It makes a perfect, picturesque backdrop for the activities of covert operatives who have replaced the quaint old gentlemanly concept of a license to kill with the much more through and goal-oriented notion of the kill zone.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Director Steve Mcqueen Releases 'Statement' for "Shame"; Screening at Telluride Next Month

    You should be very familiar with this film by now. Steve McQueen's sex-addiction drama Shame stars Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan and Nicole Beharie. After premiering in Venice Film Festival at the end of this month, Shame will screen at the Telluride Film Festival (September 2-5th), Toronto International Film Festival and the BFI-American Express London Film Festival.

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    Watch: 10 Clips From 'Contagion' Reveals Cameo From Dr. Sanjay Gupta

    As the east coast braces for Hurricane Irene (our thoughts are with you folks) there is an eerie similarity between the mobilization of the authorities along the seaboard as the storm nears and what unfolds in this generous helping of 10 clips from Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion."

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    Romain Duris Joins Michel Gondry's French Language Film With Audrey Tautou

    Film Is An Adaptation Of 'L'Ecume des jours'; Filming Starts In March 2012While he may not yet be known on this side of the ocean, French actor Romain Duris has been earning praise and breaking hearts in his native France. You might best know the three-time César award nominee from Jacques Audiard's "The Beat That My Heart Skipped" or last year's arthouse comedy hit "Heartbreaker," but the actor is set to reteam with a very familiar face for a film that could serve as his biggest exposure to a worldwide audience yet.

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    SLIDE SHOW: Remembering the cultural legacy of 9/11

    EDITOR'S NOTE: It wasn't the end of irony. But pop culture reflected the attacks in surprising and unforgettable ways.

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    SIMON SAYS: What it means when Guillermo del Toro "presents"

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Press Play is posting a column written for Capital by critic Simon Abrams.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    Who is Luc Besson's "Lady"? And can new film affect Myanmar's politics?

    Who is Luc Besson's "Lady"? And can new film affect Myanmar's politics?

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