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    This Year's Rendez-Vous Topical, But Uneven

    First, the good news. Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2010 offers a handful of works that are marvels of craft, among them "Mademoiselle Chambon" by Stephane Brize and "Les Regrets" by Cedric Kahn, two wildly different takes on love. A third triumph is "Rapt," a masterful thriller by Lucas Belvaux ...

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    SXSW '10 | Director Carol Dysinger's Afghanistan 'Bro-mance'

    Carol Dysinger's documentary "Camp Victory, Afghanistan" tells the story of several U.S. National Guardsmen stationed in Herat, Afghanistan and the Afghan officers assigned as their mentees. Together they've been tasked with building the 207th Corps of the nascent Afghan National Army into an instit...

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    SXSW '10: Eating, Drinking, and Shopping in Austin: An iW Insiders Guide

    BBQ, Tex-Mex and muic are typically among the highlights of a trip to Austin, TX. But those who regularly attend SXSW often report back on the laid back, casual vibe that the city offers its guests. From the crowded movie theaters filled with slackers (or those who just sport the look) and industry ...

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    iPOP Flashback: The 2010 Spirit Awards

    The biggest thing at the 25th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards last Friday night was probably the event itself. The annual awards, which honor independent and specialty cinema, made some big changes for their Silver Anniversary, moving from its longtime home on the parking lot adjacent to Santa...

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    SXSW '10 | McCormick's Sad Valentine "Some Days are Better Than Others"

    Director Mattt McCormick's character-driven "Some Days are Better Than Others" explores "why the good times slip by so fast while the hard times always seem so sticky. The film explores ideas of abundance, emptiness, human connection and abandonment while observing an interweaving web of awkward cha...

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    SXSW '10 | Harlock & Thomas' "American: The Bill Hicks Story"

    Co-Directors Matt Harlock and Paul Thomas present their Emerging Visions "American: The Bill Hicks Story" while pushing documentary storytelling in a new direction - "Much more than a comedian, Bill Hicks was and still is an inspiration to millions. His timeless comedy tackled the contradictions of America and modern life head on, as he skewered organized religion, railed against the hypocrisies of his government and exposed the collusion of the mainstream media, earning him censorship in the USA, but whose messages continue to resonate with subsequent generations…'American' uses a stunning new animation technique to bring the tale of one of ...

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    For Your Consideration: Early 2011 Oscar Predictions

    EDITORS NOTE: This story was written in March, 2010 forecasting the Oscars a year in advance. For an updated list of predictions as of January 2011, click here.

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    SXSW '10 | "Helena from the Wedding" Director Joseph Infantolino Deals with Marrying Late in Life

    In his feature film debut, Joseph Infantolino draws on his own experiences of love and everything that comes along with it. "Helena from the Wedding," an entry in the Narrative Competition, is a film made on Infantolino's own terms. "Having recently experienced a spectacular career failure, the last thing playwright Alex Javal (Lee Tergesen) wants to do is host a weekend long New Year's Eve party for his successful friends at a small cabin in the mountains. Yet that is what he is on the way to do when we meet him and his new wife Alice (Melanie Lynskey). As the clock ticks away another year and a surprise guest, the very beautiful and very ...

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    At Home This Week: "Precious," "Up In The Air," "Capitalism" and More

    It's a crowded week for releases on DVD, Blu-Ray and iTunes that included five notable 2009 films - two of them big players in awards season - finding their way into living rooms and computer screens. Likely the most anticipated are the aforementioned friends of Oscar - Jason Reitman's "Up In The Air" and Lee Daniels' "Precious: Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire," both attempting to cash in on the exposure Sunday night's telecast gave them (though for "Air" things didn't exactly turn out as planned). There's also a trio of other releases that could very well suit your home viewing needs: Michael Moore's latest doc, "Capitalism: A Love St...

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    SXSW '10 | Director Monteith McCollum Takes the Road Less Traveled

    Forget worrying about gas prices...or the price of a Metrocard; the subjects in Monteith McCollum's new film have developed another way of coping with the troubles of urban transportation. "'A Different Path' follows a sidewalk activist Senior, a Critical Mass trumpeter, city Kayak-er, and others, as they struggle to make their way through the modern automobile-centric urban environment. Each character uses ingenuity and humor to try and solve their modern mobility dilemma. The film is an artistic and poetic treatment of personal struggle and environmental concern over livable cities. Animation, carefully crafted cinematography, and original...

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