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    Review: Joe Swanberg's 'Drinking Buddies' Starring Jake Johnson, Olivia Wilde, Anne Kendrick & Ron Livingston

    With the rise of digital filmmaking in the last decade, a new wave of DIY "mumblecore" filmmakers have risen up through the ranks. While initially many of these films were loose and unpolished, they are now are becoming more refined with many of these directors and actors now having basically integr...

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    Review: Teens Flee Cuba in Picturesque, Compelling Drama 'Una Noche'

    Una Noche is the impressive directorial debut of NYU alum Lucy Mulloy. Spike Lee -whose Production Grant Award was given to Mulloy back in January of 2010 - mentored the filmmaker, who also won the Best Director Award when the film (along with awards for Best Actor and Best Cinematography) premiere...

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    Review: Gritty, Dark Heist Drama 'Across 110th Street' (On The Big Screen This Weekend At MoMI)

    Review: Gritty, Dark Heist Drama 'Across 110th Street' (On The Big Screen This Weekend At MoMI)

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    The World’s End

    Just when you think you’re about to ingest another saga of a man-child who can’t face adult responsibility, "The World’s End" takes a spectacular leap into the Weird...

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    Short Term 12

    With a jury prize at Sundance and audience awards at South by Southwest and the L.A. Film Festival, "Short Term 12" stands out.

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    The Grandmaster

    While I admired much of "The Grandmaster," I felt somewhat removed—not the first time I’ve responded that way to Wong Kar Wai’s pictures.

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    Review: Tribeca & Berlin Award Winner & Film Festival Fave 'Una Noche'

    There’s a youthful energy running through “Una Noche” that threatens to overwhelm, from its sun-kissed first image to its final moments on the sands of the beach. Alive and vibrant, Lucy Mulloy’s often bawdy first feature is narrated by Lila, a blossoming teenage girl confused by her sexuality, alie...

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    This Weekend: See 'Short Term 12,' 'The World's End,' 'The Grandmaster' and 'Drinking Buddies'

    The summer ends on a high note with one of the best-reviewed movie weekends of the season. Four films are sitting with an 80% Fresh or higher on the Tomatometer, and for good reason.

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    Review: 'Scenic Route' Starring Josh Duhamel And Dan Fogler

    Sometimes hardship can bring friends together, and sometimes it can turn them into completely unrecognizable people. So it goes for “Scenic Route,” a micro-budget indie that attempts to refashion two known entities in Josh Duhamel and Dan Fogler into interesting onscreen personas after the former ha...

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    In 'Shivers' and 'What Now? Remind Me,' Mortality and the Prison of the Mind

    A daring and undaunted film has been awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Locarno Film Festival this past weekend: it is Joaquim Pinto's new film E Agora? Lembra-me ("What Now? Remind Me"). When I first watched it at the beginning of the festival, I left the screening room in a haze, the film was s...

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