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    USC Scripter Goes For 'What Maisie Knew' and 'Spectacular Now' Over 'Wolf of Wall Street'

    The USC Libraries have named the authors and screenwriters of "Captain Phillips," "Philomena," "The Spectacular Now," "12 Years a Slave," and "What Maisie Knew" as finalists for the 26th annual USC Libraries Scripter Award.

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    BEST FILMS OF 2013

    I am absolutely certain about the top three films on this list. But the further down we go, the more absurd it seems to rank films as different as the Coen Brothers' wonderfully layered look at a struggling folk singer in the 60's and Martin Scorsese's bacchanalia of 80's excess.

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    The 10 Best Child Performances Of 2013

    The legendary W.C. Fields once said "never work with animals or children," but that advice thankfully has been broken time and time again, and especially in 2013, when younger thespians were able to truly show their chops (not to mention the cat performances from "Inside Llewyn Davis”). We wanted to...

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    For Your Streaming Consideration: Eight Scene-Stealing and Overlooked Female Performances from 2013 (CLIPS)

    With many of the major critics' groups nominees and winners landing, and with a Best Actress Oscar race that's virtually locked-and-loaded at this point, there is little hope for any of the year's fine female performances to squeeze in. But these eight actresses deserve kudos, and you can stream the...

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    Your Week in Streaming: Artists, Devils, Lovers and More on VOD, and the Best Gay Art Film David Lynch Never Made

    As the summer parade of megaplex fare comes to a close, your weary eyeballs may be in need of some fresh content to view from home. Here's a handpicked roundup of excellent films, new and old, available across various streaming and VOD platforms that you may have missed.

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    DVD: Julianne Moore, Steve Coogan in the Exquisite 'What Maisie Knew'

    If they hadn't kept the title, you might not guess that Scott McGehee and David Siegel's What Maisie Knew was based on Henry James' novel -- and that's high praise for this contemporary, Manhattan-set variation, with Julianne Moore as a rock singer and Steve Coogan as an art dealer. A lovely exa...

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    Arthouse Audit: 'Frances Ha' Debuts Strong With Sold Out Shows in NY and LA

    After a weak spring dominated by three indie hits that went wide quickly, "Frances Ha" stands out a potential arthouse success. This film could stay in limited release for a while, unlike quick-breaking multiplex players "The Place Beyond the Pines," "Mud" and "Spring Breakers," which will all likel...

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    Julianne Moore On Playing a Troubled Rock Star in 'What Maisie Knew' and Why Acting Doesn't Scare Her

    Julianne Moore has played her fair share of troubled mothers over the course of her incredibly prolific and illustrious career, most memorably as the real-life incestuous socialite Barbara Daly Baekeland in "Savage Grace," who was murdered by her own son. Susanna, the rock-star mother she plays in S...

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    Specialty Box Office: 'Iceman' Cometh With Strong Debut; Leads Great Weekend For Millennium Entertainment

    While most box office reports this afternoon are reasonably freaking out about "Iron Man 3," there was also a notably strong debut at the specialty box office. Instead of iron, it was ice as Ariel Vromen's "The Iceman" debuted on 4 theaters."Iceman" -- which stars Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Chri...

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    Arthouse Audit: 'The Iceman' and 'What Maisie Knew' from Millennium Open Strong

    In a weekend dominated by the domestic opening of "Iron Man 3," two films from Millennium Films, both of which showed at Toronto last year to modest attention score surprisingly solid openings in limited play. "The Iceman" and "What Maisie Knew" both starred respected actors (hardly a guarantee for ...

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