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    TV Is the New Cinema: But It's Still Waiting for Its Close-Up

    A highly readable new book promises to anatomize the shifts in entertainment technology and in the culture in the cable era that gave rise to the 21st Century's most lionized form of "art television": the 12-episode, novelistically textured premium cable serial. Brett Martin's "Difficult Men: Behind...

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    How Trayvon Martin's Death Highlights the Flaws in 'Fruitvale Station'

    Even before the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case came down, critics were drawing parallels between Martin, who was shot dead by Florida neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, and Oscar Grant, who on New Year's Day, 2009 was shot dead by a Bay Area transit officer while he was lying face down on a...

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    'Let Them Wear Towels'

    Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg's Let Them Wear Towels, a documentary about the first women allowed into the locker rooms of pro sports teams.

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    Review: 'Big Words' Is A Well-Acted & Engaging Feature Debut By Neil Drumming (Opens Friday)

    Premiering at Slamdance 2013 in January, Neil Drumming’s feature film debut Big Words has been one of our most anticipated black indie films of the year, and that anticipation is well deserved.

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    Lianne Spiderbaby Plagiarism Inspires Anger, Sorrow

    The latest film writer to be caught stealing others' work is Liane "Spiderbaby" MacDougall, or, as mainstream news outlets have taken to calling her, "Quentin Tarantino's girlfriend." The news started to circulate over the weekend that MacDougall had lifted from several writers in pieces on her own ...

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    Orson Welles Hates 'Vertigo,' Calls 'Citizen Kane' A Comedy And More From 'My Lunches With Orson'

    The rise and fall of Orson Welles' filmmaking career has grown legendary over the years, its tragedies epitomized by the transition of the once-striking young prodigy's into a beefy Falstaffian grump in his later years.

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    Review: Is the Hilarious 'Computer Chess' A Change of Pace For Andrew Bujalski?

    There is an immediate sense of change afoot in "Computer Chess," Andrew Bujalski's fourth feature as writer-director, visible to anyone familiar with his previous work.

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    'Only God Forgives': Ryan Gosling in a World of Sick Pups

    Take Ryan Gosling and Kristin Scott Thomas out of the equation, and Only God Forgives is no more than a stylish midnight movie about murder, vengeance and drug-dealing in Bangkok. But there they are, exuding talent and legitimacy: Gosling stony-faced yet magnetic as Julian, who runs a boxing ...

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    Review: Horror 'The Conjuring' Starring Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Lili Taylor & Ron Livingston

    Who would have guessed that the man responsible for spearheading the “torture porn” label would turn out to be such a classicist filmmaker? James Wan, who famously abandoned the over-long “Saw” series after its first gruesome installment, has gone on to make a number of pictures that harken back to ...

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    Why Hollywood Should Keep Destroying Cities

    Critics have attacked this summer's blockbusters for exploiting 9/11. But what else are we afraid of?

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