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    Should Documentary Filmmakers Expect to Really Speak to Power?

    When IFP announced that ITVS's Claire Aguilar, Tia Lessin and Carl Deal, the filmmakers behind "Citizen Koch," and Mette Hoffman Meyer, an executive who works in Danish television and who executive produced Alex Gibney's "Park Avenue" as a part of the multinational programming initiative "Why Povert...

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    5 Best Bets on TV This Week: Louis C.K.'s New Stand-Up Special, 'The House I Live In' and Starz's New 'Historical Fantasy'

    Sure, Sunday tends to be overcrowded with high-end TV, including the just-returned "Mad Men," the premiering-this-week "Veep," "Game of Thrones," "Vikings" and more, but what to watch the rest of the time? Every Monday, we bring you five noteworthy highlights from the other six days of the week.

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    The 22 Best Indie Films of 2012, According to Criticwire

    Nearly 400 critics listed in Indiewire's Criticwire network graded theatrical and VOD releases over the course of 2012. Among those, 22 films graded by 10 or more critics currently maintain an aggregate grade of A- or higher.

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    Independent Lens Programmer Lois Vossen Talks About the PBS Doc Series' New Season, Its New Night and the Importance of Public Media

    PBS documentary series "Independent Lens" officially kicks off its 2012-2013 season tonight, October 29th, with "Love Free or Die," a film from director Macky Alston about Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in a Christian church, a man who wore a bullet-proof vest to his ...

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    Arthouse Audit: 'Middle of Nowhere' Proves Buyers Wrong with Innovative Releasing Model

    The high quality of some recent wide-release films is taking its toll on specialty films. With "Argo" nabbing raves, "Looper," "Seven Psychopaths" and "The Perks of Being a Wildflower" also in the top ten and "The Master" and "Arbitrage" still drawing audiences, it's tough to compete with smaller fi...

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    Brad Pitt Gets Behind War on Drugs Expose 'The House I Live In' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

    Eugene Jarecki is a smart cookie; at his first meeting with Brad Pitt and Plan B Productions he recognized a fellow traveler. This wasn't like his other studio meetings. "He's a ridiculously bright and thoughtful guy," he said. "He chooses projects carefully, he talks about rich content: is there me...

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    In Theaters: 'Taken 2' & 'The Paperboy' Are 'Butter' In The Mouths Of 'Frankenweenie' Who Haunts 'Wuthering Heights'

    Halloween is still a few weeks away, but, like the drug stores that erect candy aisles in August, the studios are rolling out the thematic material a little early. A reinterpretation of "Frankenstein" for kids (it's never too early to start them on the classics) is complemented by the ...

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    Weekend Preview: Arnold's 'Wuthering Heights,' Meier's 'Sister,' Jarecki's 'House I Live In' & Lee Daniel's Hot Mess

    A strong selection of films arrive in theaters this weekend. Not only are "Frankenweenie," "Taken 2" and "V/H/S" fighting for audience attention, there's also Switzerland's powerful Foreign Language Oscar entry from Ursula Meier, "Sister," and Andrea A...

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    Review: 'The House I Live In' A Messy, But No Less Potent Examination Of The Misguided War On Drugs

    $1 trillion dollars have been spent over the past forty years on The War On The Drugs, causing a 705% increase in the American prison population since 1973. And perhaps most bracing of all, while African-Americans only make up 13% of the population, and 14% of its drug users, they account for 56% of...

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    Criticwire Picks: "The House I Live In" Headlines a Packed, Promising Weekend

    Eugene Jarecki's look at America's drug war tops a full and varied list of critical successes finally making their way to theaters.

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