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    INSIDIOUS, CHAPTER 2: The Haunting of the American Male

    The Insidious films take place in an America haunted by faded dreams of a prosperity provided by a loved and respected father. In James Wan’s vision this patriarchal figure has been replaced by a maniacal presence brooding in the dark corners of a house where women are the strongest presence and me...

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    Review: Sam Rockwell Returns to His Dark Side With Haunting Backwoods Noir 'A Single Shot'

    Even before John Moon, the lonely woodsman played by Sam Rockwell at the center of David M. Rosenthal's "A Single Shot," accidentally shoots a young woman while hunting the desolate area near his trailer, his world has fallen apart. Rosenthal's adaptation of Matthew F. Jones' 1996 novel features a f...

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    Enough Said

    As a writer, director, and observer of contemporary life, Nicole Holofcener just keeps getting better and better. Now, in the wake of her perceptive, Manhattan-based "Please Give" she offers us "Enough Said,"

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    Review: 'Thanks For Sharing' Starring Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim Robbins, Pink & More

    It's safe to say that sex addiction is no longer the misunderstood step-brother to alcohol and drug addiction. Thanks to reality television, cable shows like "Californication" and last year's awards season contender "Shame," the stigma around sex addiction, of it not really being a problem or someth...

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    Review: David Sedaris Short Story Adaptation 'C.O.G.' Features Fine Performances But Might Work Better As An HBO Series

    Based on an essay in “Naked,” David Sedaris' hugely popular collection of autobiographical short stories, “C.O.G.” is notable for being the very first film adaptation of the author's work. Though he’d previously turned down all other offers to adapt his stories, the essayist was impressed by writer/...

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    Review and Roundup: Finger-Clenching Thriller 'A Single Shot' Stars Sam Rockwell, Kelly Reilly, William H. Macy

    A dark, tightly wound backwoods thriller with a twist, "A Single Shot" premiered earlier this year at the Berlinale, and hits theaters September 20. It features uniformly fine performances by a cast including Sam Rockwell, Kelly Reilly, Jeffrey Wright and William H. Macy.

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    Chilean Director Marcela Said’s first try at narrative filmmaking, The Summer of Flying Fish

    Hidden under the thick menacing fog of the frosty forest that covers the Chilean countryside lays Marcela Said’s first try at narrative filmmaking, 'The Summer of Flying Fish'.

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    Review: David Sedaris Adaptation 'C.O.G.' a Charming Coming-of-Age Picaresque

    Written and directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez from an essay by David Sedaris, "C.O.G." played earlier this year at Outfest, Sundance and Frameline, and it won the director the New American Cinema Award at the Seattle International Film Festival.

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    What Makes the Toronto International Film Festival a Unique Film Event Each Year

    In the sport of film festivals, Teams Cannes or Venice have good, bad and in between years. But when it comes to Team Toronto, it's in a whole other league. It may not even be the same sport.

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