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    15th Annual Noir City Los Angeles: A Tip Sheet

    If you're of my particular nourish bent, you already plan to attend every program of the 15th annual Noir City festival of film noir, held at the appropriately vintage Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, home of the American Cinematheque, on Hollywood Boulevard, the appropriately noir boulevard of broken...

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    Review & Recap: ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 3 Begins To Coalesce With Episode 2 'Dark Wings, Dark Words'

    After episode one, "Valar Dohaeris," reminded us of what half of our Seven Kingdoms are up to in “Game Of Thrones,” episode two, “Dark Wings, Dark Words,” catches us up with the remaining characters not featured in the inaugural episode and moves the story forward in a more decided fashion, introduc...

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    Review: It Might Not Be Journalism, But You Won't Find The Stories On 'Vice' Anywhere Else

    Ah, Vice. The once long ago irreverent little zine out of Montreal and has grown into a globe spanning empire, with offices around the world, and an online presence that has expanded far beyond their still free, glossy monthly magazine. And while they may still be snarked at for their ongoing Dos & ...

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    Review: 'Tomorrow You're Gone' A Stylized Neo-Noir That Goes Nowhere Slowly

    It’s exceptionally strange to be reviewing a film so soon after the passing of Roger Ebert. Surely he’s the reason why most of us write reviews, why we’ve ever felt the need to tap our keyboards once the end credits begin to roll. We love and admire the deep thinkers who favor academic readings of f...

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    Review: Danny Boyle's 'Trance' Is A Trippy, Twisty, Terrific Thriller

    He might have had a rockier patch in the mid-'00s -- no one saw his delightful fable "Millions," and sci-fi "Sunshine" was both a commercial disappointment and the most difficult shoot of his career -- but things couldn't have gone much better for Danny Boyle in the last few years. "Slumdog Milliona...

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    Review: 'Simon Killer' Loses That Lovin' Feeling On The Streets Of Paris

    Simon (Brady Corbet) is lost. After being dumped by his high school sweetheart after a relationship that ran the length of their college years, the newly graduated, newly single American flees to Paris to get away from it all and find himself. Of course, the problem with undertaking such a journey o...

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    THE COMPANY YOU KEEP

    Socially relevant films for adults are so rare that you want to root for each one that comes along, especially from a filmmaker as imposing as Robert Redford. This one not only brings the actor back to the screen but surrounds him with an A-list cast.

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    TRANCE

    "Trance" is a remake of a little-seen British TV movie from 2001 written and directed by Joe Ahearne. Danny Boyle’s remake makes me want to see the original.

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    NY African Film Fest 2013 Review: 'Stones In The Sun' Is A Gripping Tale About Haitian Immigrants In The U.S.

    It screens at the New York African Film Festival tomorrow - its only screening at the festival, so if you're interested in the film, you can pick up tickets to that screening HERE. Here's our earlier review of it.

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    Review: Shane Carruth's Beguilingly Enigmatic 'Upstream Color' May Cause Disorienting Side Effects, Results Will Vary

    Nine years ago, autodidact filmmaker Shane Carruth burst onto the indie scene with the abstruse and complex sci-fi thriller "Primer," which made him a Sundance darling in 2004 when it won the Grand Jury Prize and went on to become a cult hit. The polymath writer, director, actor, musician, editor, p...

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