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    Review: Is 'Kill Your Darlings' the Best Performance of Daniel Radcliffe's Post-'Potter' Career?

    It's the very idea of the British, typically genial Radcliffe embodying the brooding Ginsberg that stands out as a kind of dreamlike oddity, primarily because the actor is actually pretty good at it.

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    Sarah Paulson Explains How She Played a Sad, Alienated Racist Opposite Michael Fassbender In '12 Years a Slave'

    Sarah Paulson might be most readily associated with her role as journalist Lana Winters on "American Horror Story," the FX show with disturbing visuals to spare. But the frightening aspects of that drama look trivial compared to the monster Paulson portrays in Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave."

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    Review: Juliette Binoche Delivers Commanding Performance In Bruno Dumont's Powerful Crisis of Faith Drama 'Camille Claudel 1915'

    As its name implies, Bruno Dumont's "Camille Claudel 1915" captures a moment in time for the woman in question with tremendous precision. In a incredibly contained performance that ranks among the best of her career, Juliette Binoche portrays a woman trapped by mental and physical constraints alike....

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    Has '12 Years a Slave' Already Won the Oscar? Indiewire's Peter Knegt and Eric Kohn Sort Through Early Awards Season Buzz

    ´╗┐Now that the fall season has officially started and Oscar buzz has commenced, Indiewire chief film critic Eric Kohn and senior writer Peter Knegt have decided to jump into the fray. In the following e-mail exchanges, they address several issues. Among them: Has "12 Years a Slave" already secured Be...

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    A Civil Rights Professor Reviews 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'

    We asked a leading scholar of the civil rights movement, Dr. Peniel E. Joseph, to see the movie and share his thoughts.

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    '12 Years a Slave' Star Chiwetel Ejiofor Explains Why He Was Worried About Whether He Could Pull Off the Role

    Powerfully received after screenings in Telluride and Toronto, Steve McQueen's tale of a kidnapped free man in the 1840's who was sold into slavery features Chiwetel Ejiofor as real-life victim Solomon Northup. It's a raw, intimate depiction that provides an empathic center to the horrors of the tim...

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    Toronto Review: 'Therese,' Starring Elizabeth Olsen, Oscar Isaac and Jessica Lange, Fails On Every Level

    Give a bunch of American actors -- Elizabeth Olsen, Oscar Isaac and Jessica Lange -- a classic Parisian text and they implausibly turn out their best British accents. There is something amiss with a period drama genre when getting the tones from the right side of the English Channel proves so diffic...

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    Telluride Film Festival Review: Steve McQueen's '12 Years a Slave,' Anchored By Brilliant Chiwetel Ejiofor, Is a Slavery Movie For the Ages

    Like countless movies before it, "12 Years a Slave" opens with a title card announcing that its material is based on a true story. However, Steve McQueen's startlingly realized period drama justifies its introductory note with each ensuing scene, recreating the experiences of a free black man kidnap...

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    Locarno Film Festival Review: Dracula Meets Casanova In Albert Serra's Bizarrely Fascinating 'The Story of My Death'

    The title of Spanish director Albert Serra's four feature, "The Story of My Death," presents a sardonic riff on 18th century Italian Renaissance man Giacomo Casanova. His memoir, "Story of My Life," recounts his lively travels across Europe and encounters with fellow luminaries of his era like Volta...

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