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    Caravan 2010 – The Lead-Up to the 37th Annual Telluride Film Festival

    Our roving festival correspondent Meredith Brody reports from Telluride this year. Here's her first missive: about getting there.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    R.I.P. Robert Schimmel

    R.I.P. Robert Schimmel

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  • Todd McCarthy's Deep Focus
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    Review: "Somewhere"

    On the evidence provided in "Somewhere," the room to book at the Chateau Marmont is 59, which comes with blond pole-dancing twins. Then again, maybe you have to be a rich, good-looking movie star to merit such treatment, and the focus on undeserved privilege is one of the few points of real interest in Sofia Coppola's first feature since "Marie Antoinette." This junior league Antonioniesque study of dislocation and aimlessness is attractive but parched in the manner of its dominant Los Angeles setting, and it's a toss-up as to whether the film is about vacuity or is simply vacuous itself. Never giving but always willing to receive, Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff) is a scruffy, minimally articulate actor with a sleek black Ferrari and very messy personal habits. From the way hot babes throw themselves at him and people in general kowtow to him, you'd think he was Johnny Depp, but from what little we see, his career is closer to that of Dorff himself, who here gets a rare lead role under a name director but doesn't infuse it with much charisma or sense of occasion.

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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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    Another Fall Of Festivals (A 2010 Preview of Sorts)

    Another Fall Of Festivals (A 2010 Preview of Sorts)

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    maltin on movies: The Winning Season

    The Winning Season | Leonard Maltin | Maltin on Movies | Movie Trailer

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Fest Review Round-Up: Never Let Me Go, Tabloid, Somewhere

    Fest Review Round-Up: Never Let Me Go, Tabloid, Somewhere

    While the Venice Fest is on its fourth day, Telluride got under way Friday night with screenings of Mark Romanek's Never Let Me Go, Errol Morris's latest doc Tabloid and Peter Weir's prisoner-of-war drama The Way Back, which fewer people instantly reviewed. @EugeneNovikov tweeted: "THE WAY BACK (B) I was rapt for the first half- Weir at his hypnotic best - then becomes a bit repetitive and mechanical (if still powerful)." UPDATE: Here's the NYT's A.O. Scott.

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  • Jared Moshé's Blog
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    Happy Labor Day (Weekend)! - A Three Point Edition

    Happy Labor Day (Weekend)! - A Three Point Edition

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Venice Hit By Torrential Storm

    Venice Hit By Torrential Storm

    The forecast was for rain today in Venice, and sure enough a powerful wind and rain storm hit the Lido, knocking down tents and vendor stands and flooding stores on the main beach drag.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    Does Nathalie Portman Deserve Top Billing? "Black Swan" Poster Changed

    Does Nathalie Portman Deserve Top Billing? "Black Swan" Poster Changed

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    Spout About: "Machete" -- Too Blunt or Just Dumb Fun?

    Spout About is a prompt for discussion of a movie you've already seen, in this case Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis' "Machete." The post and its comments may include spoilers. We encourage you to watch the movie and then come back and talk about it in full without tiptoeing around plot points or conclusions.

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