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    Oscar Watch Q & A: Chiwetel Ejiofor Embodies Solomon Northup in Steve McQueen's '12 Years a Slave'

    “12 Years a Slave” broke out at the Telluride, Toronto and New York Film Festivals, as audiences and critics immersed themselves in Steve McQueen and John Ridley's hard-hitting film adaptation of the memoir of musician Solomon Northup, a free Bostonian who was kidnapped and sold into slavery from 18...

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    New York Film Festival Wrap-Up: My 5 Favorite Films

    The 51st New York Film Festival is quickly coming to a close and it’s frankly taken us a little by surprise how fast its ended (this is also a way to say, damn, we’re still a little behind on some reviews). But it has been an excellent festival, so like Oli's more contemporaneous BFI London Film Fes...

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    Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Bans Madonna From Its Theaters For Texting During ‘12 Years A Slave’

    OK so this is kinda rich and you may have heard this story already, but in case you haven’t, well, the irony is just too delicious to pass up. Last week during the New York Film Festival, Madonna was caught texting during Steve McQueen’s “12 Years A Slave.” A painful, brutal, unflinching film about ...

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    NYFF: Jim Jarmusch & Tilda Swinton Talk The Vampire Romance Of ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’

    While she arrived a little late, Tilda Swinton made a grand entrance at the New York Film Festival press conference for “Only Lovers Left Alive," Jim Jarmusch’s meditative, moody and yet hilarious look at a vampire relationship that has spanned centuries. The movie stars Tom Hiddleston and Swinton a...

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    Producer David Picker Discusses Ingmar Bergman, Woody Allen And How the Film Industry Has Changed

    On the eve of the 51st annual New York Film Festivals' closing weekend, the festival hosted a public conversation with veteran producer David V. Picker on the occasion of his new book, "Musts, Maybes and Nevers: A Book About the Movies."

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    NYFF Review: Agnieszka Holland's 3-Part HBO Mini-Series 'Burning Bush'

    Political thriller, procedural, emotional drama and rousing cry for basic human rights and values, “Burning Bush” is a deep investigative look at gross abuses of power in late ‘60s communist Czechoslovakia and those that fought against it. A three-part miniseries for HBO Europe (no word yet on a U.S...

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    NYFF: Spike Jonze And His 'Her' Cast Decode Romance In The Age Of Technology

    The New York Film Festival closed with the world premiere of Spike Jonze’s swooningly romantic “Her,” a futuristic love story involving a mild-mannered office worker, played by Joaquin Phoenix, who falls for a sentient operating system (o.s.) named Samantha, voiced by Scarlett Johansson. The pict...

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    NYFF '13: Spike Jonze and the Cast of Closing Night Selection 'Her' Discuss Artificial Intelligence and Emotional Baggage

    The closing night selection of the 51st New York Film Festival, Spike Jonze's hugely anticipated "Her" takes a look at love as we know it, fully absorbed in the realms of technology. The film, which takes place in a vaguely futuristic version of Los Angeles, stars Joaquin Phoenix as Theodore, a prof...

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    Review: Why Spike Jonze's Weird And Wonderful Technological Romance 'Her' Is One of the Best Studio Movies of the Year

    The only truly predictable aspect of Spike Jonze's "Her" is that it features a bizarre premise: In a very near future, recently divorced L.A. writer Theordor Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) downloads a new operating system for his computer with the ability to think (delicately voiced by Scarlett Johansson...

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    NYFF Review: Spike Jonze's 'Her' Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams & Rooney Mara

    Is social media anti-social? Has the information age divided us as much as it has been meant to unite? Is peer-to-peer simply an ironic term or are inter-personal, face-time relationships ripe for redefinition? While these are not the primary concerns of Spike Jonze’s lovely and perceptive relations...

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