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    Critical Consensus: Kent Jones and Jonathan Rosenbaum Discuss Robert Bresson and Jean-Luc Godard

    There's no easy way to have a short conversation about Robert Bresson without shortchanging a career spanning 13 films and widely considered paramount to 20th-century film history.

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    Review: Go And Say Ten Hail Marys Instead Of Bothering With 'The Devil Inside'

    In theory, the fundamental effectiveness of horror should spring from a willful dissonance between a sense of normalcy and the discord of the story’s events…but what happens when that sense of discord itself becomes all too familiar? Among the many problems of "The Devil Inside&quo...

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    Pariah—movie review

    Although its title may be off-putting to some people, the main character in 'Pariah'—as played by glowing newcomer Adepero Oduye—is so emotionally open and real that you can’t help responding to her. First-time feature filmmaker Dee Rees has crafted a movie that is consistently riveting because it i...

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    Review: 'Norwegian Wood' Is Depressingly Beautiful...Or Beautifully Depressing

    The most depressing day of 2012 is supposed to be January 16, taking into account things like gloomy weather, fading Christmas joy and general Monday malaise. However, what hasn't been considered in that theory is that Tran Ang Hung's "Norwegian Wood" actually comes out a full 10 d...

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    Pretty but Superficial "Norwegian Wood" Shows the Challenge of Adapting Murakami

    Adapting a novel steeped in sensory experiences requires transporting them into an entirely different medium. Within the first 15 pages of Haruki Murakami's soulful 1987 romance "Norwegian Wood," the Japanese novelist drifts effortlessly between a pair of time periods separated by two ...

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    Review: 'Louder Than A Bomb' An Entertaining, Soulful Look At The High School Slam Poetry Scene

    Slam poetry. It can be a misunderstood art form, exalted in places like Def Poetry Jam, or snubbed as a silly high school phase. But what Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel's documentary "Louder Than A Bomb" does so well, is point out how something like slam poetry can offer an outlet, and a w...

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    Review: 'Once Upon A Time In Anatolia' A Masterful, Slow-Burn Epic

    Minimalist art filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan spent a long time crafting very personal and breathtakingly photographed tales. His work has never been big on plot, nor have they ever been anything other than glacially paced. Indeed, his general aesthetic isn't very welcoming to the impatient, though...

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    Review: 'Roadie' A Compelling Portrait Of The Sad Aftermath Of A Failed Life On The Road

    For some, life is a series of indignities. One second too slow, one step too far, and our dreams go unfulfilled. In every bar in the country, there is someone drinking away his regrets, trying to make peace with the records they didn’t break and the hearts they didn’t soothe. Michael Cue...

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    'Downton Abbey' Second Season Premieres January 8; Early Reviews and Trailer

    "Downton Abbey," the gorgeous, turn-of-the-last-century, period Brit TV soap opera is back to please audiences and critics alike. Premiering this Sunday January 8th on PBS' Masterpiece Theatre, the second season will show how World War I dramatically upturns the lives of the arist...

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    Village Voice Lays Off Film Critic Jim Hoberman

    As inured as we are to the ongoing crisis in newspaper publishing that leads to the seemingly inevitable layoffs of our best veteran film critics, I am upset that Village Voice Media, which has been shedding employees steadily for the past few years, has finally let go of Jim Hoberman.

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