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    VIDEO ESSAY - Matt Porterfield and the Art of the Question

    What is it that makes Putty Hill one of the more striking American independent films of recent years? Is it the genuine working class Baltimore setting, where director Matt Porterfield grew up and still lives today? Is it the cinematography by Jeremy Saulnier? Is it the ensemble of nonprofessional a...

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    Trailer Watch: Frank Langella Stars in Robo-Buddy Comedy 'Robot & Frank'

    Jake Schreier's Sundance hit "Robot & Frank" stars Frank Langella as a retired cat burglar lured back to the profession when he gains an unlikely new partner in crime: A robot named, well, Robot...

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    Lynne Meadow Celebrates 40 Years as Artistic Director of Manhattan Theatre Club

    Lynne Meadow has been a force of New York theatre for the last 40 years. She has taken the Manhattan Theatre Club from the Upper East Side to Broadway. She was the first women accepted into the directing program at Yale. She was the first female director at the O'Neill Center. She is belo...

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    Trailer Watch: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry Directed by Alison Klayman

    Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry opened the Human Right Watch Film Festival in NY and will be in theatres on July 27th.

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    Career Watch: Keira Knightley Skids Without Joe Wright, Luckily "Anna Karenina" Is Next

    With a face like hers, stardom was probably inevitable for Keira Knightley. At 27 and with over a decade on the A-list, she's already had hits and misses, a handful of Oscar and Golden Globes nominations and a beauty endorsement with Chanel. She is adored by many of both sexes, but has suffered a st...

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    2012 ABFF Exclusive Video: Sky Nicole Grey Talks 'Better Mus' Come' & 'Restless City'

    Newcomer Sky Nicole Grey, the star of Storm Saulter's Better Mus Come and Andrew Dosunmu's Restless City, spoke to S&A yesterday prior to the closing awards ceremony of the American Black Film Festival, in which her debut acting film Better Mus' was up for Best Director, Best Narrati...

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    Irreplaceable Andrew. Watch 'Andrew Sarris: Critic in Focus,' An Eloquent, Recent Short

    Andrew Sarris’ most recognizable influence may have been The American Cinema, the book that established the auteur theory’s importance. But it was his endlessly-searching intelligence that made him so vital to the last days of his wonderfully long career. The Andrew I knew as a crit...

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    Happy 40th Birthday Title IX

    This past weekend was the 40th anniversary of Title IX.  This is a big deal.  What most people don't know is that Title IX is not an actual law -- it is one section of the of the Educational Amendments of 1972 -- and in actuality it has nothing to do with sports.  It has to do ...

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    Trailers from Hell: Joe Dante on John Gilling's Odd & Underappreciated 'The Gamma People'

    It's "Strange People!" week at Trailers from Hell, and director Joe Dante introduces "one of the oddest and least appreciated of all '50s genre films": John Gilling's "The Gamma People." Trailer and commentary below...

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