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    The Axis of Cool in DRINKING BUDDIES, and How It Tilts

    Joe Swanberg, as has been duly noted elsewhere, is building a portrait of a generation with his body of work. It's easy to imagine that, as Swanberg's films expand in scope, the crisis his characters face, the crucial question--can my plaid, my organic coffee, and my iPod survive my larger life cris...

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    Venice Review: Steven Knight’s ‘Locke’ Starring Tom Hardy

    Of all the genres, the single location film is perhaps one of the hardest to get right. For one, you need a hell of an actor (or actors) to hold the attention for even the briefest of running times. You also need a story that coherently keeps the actors in place, with enough of a hook to keep you in...

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    Telluride Film Festival Review: If Miyazaki's New Movie 'The Wind Rises' Is Really His Final Film, It's An Appropriate One

    Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki has achieved status as one of the great filmmakers of his time, with a distinctive visual sensibility that has garnered comparisons to Walt Disney and a depth of imagination that defies any classification other than Miyazaki's own head. From "Princess Mononoke" to th...

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    Telluride Film Festival Review: Mia Wasikowska Rescues Bland Travelogue 'Tracks' From Lyrical Aimlessness

    In 1975, a soul-searching young Australian woman named Robyn Davidson set out to travel solo from Alice Springs across the vast, empty desert to reach the Indian Ocean some 2,000 miles away. Aided only by a trio of camels and her dog, Davidson eventually completed the voyage and wrote a popular Nati...

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    Telluride Film Festival Review: Ralph Fiennes Directs Himself As Charles Dickens In 'The Invisible Woman,' But It's Felicity Jones Who Shines

    Ralph Fiennes' quasi-modern adaptation of "Coriolanus," which marked the actor's directorial debut, was a sharply experimental take on the source material. For his second effort behind the camera, "The Invisible Woman," the director has taken a more classical approach. Adapting Claire Tomalin's book...

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    Telluride Review: Shane Salerno's 'Salinger' Documentary Makes For A Compelling Mystery Yarn

    Making a documentary about the 20th (and 21st) century’s most notorious recluse is rife with both hazards and rewards for filmmaker Shane Salerno, whose “Salinger” has to make do without a single video or audio clip of its titular subject — not because of rights restrictions, but because they appare...

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    Telluride Review: 'Salinger' Documentary and Joyce Maynard Reaction (TRAILER)

    The doc, which took Salerno ten years, is a thorough portrait of the enigmatic, reclusive author of "The Catcher in the Rye," taking us through his prep school days and early short-story writing--his goal to be published in The New Yorker had to wait until after World War II. He landed in France on ...

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    Venice Review: Ti West's 'The Sacrament,' Starring AJ Bowen, Joe Swanberg & Amy Seimetz

    Thirty-three years on from "Cannibal Holocaust" and fourteen from "The Blair Witch Project," found-footage horror is still going strong. It's no surprise really: they're cheap to make, consistently popular and almost always hugely profitable. But even with the "Paranormal Activity" and "V/H/S" franc...

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    Telluride Film Festival Review: 'Salinger' Provides An Enthralling Account of J.D. Salinger's Reclusive Life and Teases the Posthumous Publication of New Work

    The early-in-life successes and later reclusiveness that defines the legacy of "Catcher in the Rye" author J.D. Salinger provides as fertile ground for a movie treatment as the novelist's work itself. So it's no surprise that "Salinger," director Shane Salerno's comprehensive overview of the writer'...

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    'The Story of Film' Is Thrilling

    An annotated guide to the first week of Turner Classic Movies' massive 'The Story of Film,' inspired by Mark Cousins' 15-part documentary.

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