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    Buzzy Indie Documentaries 'Blackfish,' 'Code Black' and 'The New Black' -- Which Is Which? (TRAILERS)

    Yes, it's true. We keep getting confused by three similar-sounding documentaries in the indiesphere right now: "Code Black," "The New Black" and "Blackfish." They each deal with vital but very different subjects (the LA County Hospital emergency room, assumptions about homophobia in the African-Amer...

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    Que(e)ries: Considering How Gay Isn't Simply 'The New Black' in Yoruba Richen's Imperative New Doc

    As the LGBT rights movement moved to the clear forefront of the mainstream civil rights discussion in the United States, numerous media organizations were quick to reduce it to a loaded question: "Is gay the new black?"

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    LAFF Review: Joe Burke's 'Four Dogs' Is Breezy Buddy Showbiz Comedy with Bite (TRAILER)

    While micro-budget, plotless indies about sad sack dudes and their lonely lives are old hat at a time when anyone can pick up a camera and shoot, Joe Burke's "Four Dogs" stands a cut above as a portrait of two emotionally impotent man-children.

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    LAFF: Forest Whitaker's JuntoBox Films Announces Greenlight of Fifth Feature, 'The Driver'

    Today at the Los Angeles Film Festival, JuntoBox Films, a collaborative film studio chaired by Forest Whitaker, announced the greenlight of the company's fifth feature film: "The Driver." Whitaker was recently named one of Indiewire's Influencers for his founding of JuntoBox and Significant Producti...

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    L.A. Film Fest Review: 'In A World...' Directed By & Starring Lake Bell

    In a world... where female writers are scarce and female writer/directors even more so, Lake Bell has done both with panache in her feature debut, “In A World...” That the film itself is a meta-commentary on the persistent and open sexism in Hollywood is even more impressive. It also doesn’t hurt th...

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    L.A. Film Fest Review: Pedro Almodóvar's 'I'm So Excited'

    Upon introducing his latest film, “I’m So Excited” at the opening night of the Los Angeles Film Festival, Pedro Almodovar took care to explain that in Spanish, the title of his film has a double meaning— as he said, “horny.” And yes, the characters aboard his doomed flight are indeed, very, very lib...

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    LAFF Kicks Off with Almodovar's Sexy 'I'm So Excited,' What To See at 2013 Fest

    The 19th edition of the Los Angeles Film Festival kicked off ten days of screenings and events Thursday night (our recommendations are below) with Pedro Almodovar's sexily escapist romp "I'm So Excited" (review here), which played well for the North American premiere crowd downtown at LA Live. The S...

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    'I'm So Excited' Review: Sex, Drugs and R&B Collide at 30,000 Feet

    It's hard to understand the motivation of whoever was tasked with translating the title of Pedro Almodóvar's new movie into English. They ended up with "I'm So Excited!", which certainly conveys the campy joy of the 95-minute airborne bacchanal but is a far cry from the film's original Spanish title...

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    Exclusive Clip: Los Angeles Film Festival Narrative Competition Entry 'Pollywogs'

    Check out this exclusive clip from Karl Jacob and T. Arthur Cottam's "Pollywogs," making its world premiere in the Narrative Competition lineup at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 14. The film centers on a young man, Dylan (Jacob), who heads for a rural family reunion following a nasty breakup....

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