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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Need You Closer: Kyle Patrick Alvarez's "Easier with Practice"

    We needed another delicate, comedy-tinged American independent drama about a socially awkward, emotionally stunted creative guy who has a hard time communicating with girls like a hole in the head. At the very least, what immediately sets the new film Easier with Practice apart from many recent installments in this ever-ready subgenre is that first-time director Kyle Patrick Alvarez knows where to point a camera. As overly self-aware and photo-album-ready as much of the film’s shots are, especially in its opening moments, it’s clear that we’re in the hands of a genuine moviemaker. Unfortunately it takes a little digging to get past the received indie mannerisms (disaffected people in frozen tableaux of American nowheresville) to find approximations of recognizable human behavior in the film, an adaptation of a fact-based short story about a passive young writer, Davey (Brian Geraghty), who begins a phone-sex relationship with a woman who one night randomly calls his motel room while he’s on a book-reading tour of the American Southwest. Read Michael Koresky's review of Easier with Practice.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    14 Minutes on the Phone With Maggie Gyllenhaal

    14 Minutes on the Phone With Maggie Gyllenhaal

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  • The Lost Boys
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    The Film Experience's Oscar Symposium

    The Film Experience's Oscar Symposium

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    The Stranger: Audiard's "A Prophet"

    One of the first things viewers will inevitably remember from A Prophet is an early sequence in which the film’s young hero, Malik El Djebena (Tahar Rahim) murders a fellow prison inmate, by extracting a concealed razor blade from inside his mouth with his tongue, and slicing open the unsuspecting victim's throat. Notwithstanding the stygian brutality of this scene (from which a residual dread is likely to remain with the viewer throughout the film), A Prophet is ultimately as memorable for the responsibility it assumes, as it is for the savagery it depicts. At a time where an entire sub-genre of popular cinema exists only to invent more repulsive and cruel forms of torture, not once during A Prophet does the horror on the screen feel any less real than that of the chaotic world it succeeds in depicting with moral precision and intellectual honesty. Few will quibble against the consensus since Cannes ’09 that A Prophet is a gripping and exceptionally well-crafted crime film, but whether it represents a substantial step up for its director is more debatable. Read the rest of Julien Allen's review of A Prophet.

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  • Week of Wonders
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    Video Clip: William Kentridge MINE (1991) South African political commentary

    Video Clip: William Kentridge MINE (1991) South African political commentary

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Avatar to Lose 3-D and IMAX Screens, Still Breaks Records

    We all know that Avatar has broken all box office records, unseating former king of the world Titanic. The James Cameron sci-fi epic holds the record for domestic ($690 million) and worldwide ($2.5 billion) gross.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Berlinale 60 Day Ten: Bibliotheque Pascal, Awards Ceremony, The Lights of Asakusa

    As she wraps up the 60th Berlinale, Meredith Brody sits down to three squares in one day and remembers her mantra: "We must really love movies."

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  • eugonline
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    speedy gonzalez & slowpoke rodriguez

    speedy gonzalez & slowpoke rodriguez

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  • iW NOW
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    Korean Film Festival to Unspool in March

    Korean Film Festival to Unspool in March

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    Richard Gere to Host Aruba Int'l Film Festival

    Richard Gere to Host Aruba Int'l Film Festival

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