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    Kubrick in Reverse: The Earthly Pull of GRAVITY

    Far from being a mere homage to Kubrick's "2001," Cuarón's "Gravity" offers an ingenious and moving revision and critique of its predecessor, one that begins in the stars but returns us to our own earthly soil.

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    Review: James Franco's Ambitious Adaptation Of William Faulkner's 'As I Lay Dying'

    To be certain, James Franco has never been lacking in ambition. From the meta quasi-doc "Francophrenia (Or Don't Kill Me, I Know Where the Baby Is)" to the Hart Crane biopic "The Broken Tower" to the kinky "Interior. Leather Bar." to the primate co-starring "The Ape," Franco has leapt into filmmakin...

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    'Gravity', Jr. = 'Europa Report'

    Just saw Gravity (Warner Bros. Worldwide) in 3D at the Arclight Hollywood, having missed its Gala Premiere in Toronto where the line to see even the Press and Industry screening wound around corners on the street, up stairs and around the theater interior like a snake. So glad to have seen it in th...

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    Review and Roundup: Critics Love 'Gloria,' Chile's Must-See Foreign-Language Oscar Contender

    A review and roundup of "Gloria," Chile's entry for the Foreign-Language Oscar, directed by Sebastian Lelio and starring Paulina Garcia in the title role.

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    Review: Alicia Keys-Scored 'The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete' Is Earnest, Sweet and Aimless

    Director George Tillman Jr.'s filmography includes star-studded studio projects like "Men of Honor" and "Notorious," but you wouldn't guess it from the ultra-sincere "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete," an earnest tale of two lower class kids spending the summer on their own in the Brooklyn p...

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    Filmmakers You Should Know: Transmedia Storyteller Katerina Cizek Has Just Outdone Herself, with Help from the New York Times

    As transmedia has come and gone as a buzz word and various other words have come to take its place (will we agree on "Interactive storytelling"?), two things remain certain: The National Film Board of Canada has devoted the most resources, time, and energy to ensuring this mode of storytelling evol...

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    A Helluva Life, Making Movies

    I can’t think of many producers or studio executives who have penned memoirs. I also can’t imagine one being more entertaining or enlightening than David V. Picker’s "Musts, Maybes and Nevers," which earns my heartiest recommendation.

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    NYFF: Stiller's Fantasy Crowdpleaser 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' Divides Critics (VIDEO)

    A review and roundup of Ben Stiller's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," which recently premiered at NYFF, and a video of the press conference,

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    Performance Anxiety in 'Jealousy' and 'When Evening Falls on Bucharest

    New films from Philippe Garrel and Corneliu Poromboiu wonder whether love is just an act.

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    'Escape From Tomorrow' Will Ensure You'll Never See Disney World the Same Way Again

    A labyrinthine descent into the grotesque extremes of a Disneyfied society, "Escape From Tomorrow" is surreal for many reasons and wholly original because of them. It's also a daring attempt to literally assail Disney World from the inside out.

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