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    Pariah - written and directed by Dee Rees

    Most of this review was written after screening the film at the Toronto Film Festival.  It has been augmented.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Pariah' Is So Much More Than Just This Year's 'Precious'

    Listen, we understand that sometimes in order to get some attention, indie films need glib comparisons and word out of Sundance this year was that Dee Rees' "Pariah" was this year's "Precious." However, not only is "Pariah" nothing like "Precious", it ...

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  • Press Play
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    GREY MATTERS: HOMELAND and the art of playing crazy

    As a certified crazy person, I’m here to tell you that either vampires burn in daylight or they don’t. I’ll accept no wiggle room on this. Anything less and you’ll quickly lose my suspension of disbelief. To get what I’m babbling about, this way, please. I’m talking about "Homeland," which is, by th...

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: There's A Reason You Didn't Know Alien Invasion Pic 'The Darkest Hour' Was Already In Theaters

    In post-apocalyptic movies, it’s tough to know whether concentrated ensembles, empty cities and unpopulated streets are a sign of terrific production design or low-budget shortcutting. In either case, there’s a distinct absence of both extras and ideas in “The Darkest Hour,” ...

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    The 11 Best Films You May Have Missed In 2011

    The folks at Huffington Post asked me to provide a list of the 11 best films people might have missed this year, and I was happy to oblige. If you’re a discerning moviegoer who lives in a community with a specialty theater (or art house, as we used to call them), you may have seen some of the ti...

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Wrapping Up The 19th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF)

    Sunday, December 11th marked the closing ceremony for the 2012 19th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF).

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    Review: 'A Separation' Is A Wrenching Portrait Of Duty, Love & Deep Irreconcilable Divisions

    Tucked in amongst all the shinier offerings involving punk hackers, boy reporters and equine conscripts, Asghar Farhadi's "A Separation" is the finest film of this awards season and one of the best of the year, a domestic drama that in its deliberately restricted focus nevertheless opens up a nuance...

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  • Indiewire
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    Indiewire's Greatest Hits: The Top 10 Reviews From 2011

    In an age when being first threatens to preclude being best, film criticism struggles like everything else to serve a purpose without pandering to the need to grab eyeballs. The heap of reviews I've written over the last 12 months, often under the extreme deadline pressures of film festivals, aren't...

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Now and Then: Two Docs Test the Limits of What We Know About Those We Love

    On July 26, 2009, Diane Schuler left the New York campground where she was vacationing and began her trip home to Long Island with her two children and three nieces in tow.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'The Iron Lady' Is A Shabby & Tin-Eared Standard-Issue Biopic

    Starring two time winner and multiple-Oscar nominee Meryl Streep as British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, "The Iron Lady" will be watched across broad ideological divides; Thatcher was (and is) an icon to the Right, while she was (and is) demonized and disparaged by the Left. The film's also bei...

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