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    L.A. Film Fest Review: 'Casting By' Is A Warm Tribute & Thanks To The Often Overlooked Work Of The Casting Director

    Here’s an interesting fact revealed in Tom Donahue’s documentary “Casting By”: casting directors are the only opening single card credit that does not receive its own Academy Award nomination. It’s an interesting fact, but also sort of a depressing one, as this film reveals not just how integral cas...

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    ABFF 2013 Review: 'The Suspect' Explores Race Relations in Unpredictable Thriller

    ABFF 2013 Review: 'The Suspect' Explores Race Relations in Unpredictable Thriller

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    Why 'Redemption' Isn't Your Average Jason Statham Action Movie

    "I'll kill you with this spoon," growls Jason Statham in "Redemption," in one of the few moments that remind us that he's currently the most endearing action star working today. But in this curiously subdued tale of grief and trauma, such a signpost works against the story's tone, perhaps by design....

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    Critical Thinking

    People often ask me what critics I read, if any. Of course, I’m not typical; I don’t consult reviews to help me decide whether or not to see a film. In most cases, I read reviews after I’ve already screened the picture in question.

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    LAFF Review Roundup: James Wan's 'The Conjuring' is Classic Horror (TRAILER)

    "The Conjuring" premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Friday night; early reviews call the latest film from "Saw" and "Insidious"creator James Wan a skilled reworking of the old-fashioned horror genre. Variety writes that "The Conjuring" is Wan's best film. Warner Bros. opens the thriller st...

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    ABFF 2013 Review: Sudz Sutherland's Powerful Deportation/Survival Drama 'Home Again'

    Now screening at the American Black Film Festival in Miami, Home Again follows the loosely intersecting stories of three young people deported “home” to Jamaica after having spent most of their lives growing up in other countries. Directed and produced by the husband-and-wife team of Sudz Suthe...

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    ABFF 2013 Review: Shaka King's Stoner Comedy 'Newlyweeds'

    Newlyweeds, the debut feature of writer-director Shaka King, is many things. It is an intriguing new take on the stoner comedy, the romantic comedy, and one might even say the “black comedy.”

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    ABFF 2013 Review: Charles Murray's Spoken Word Love Story 'Things Never Said'

    In his feature directorial debut, longtime television writer/EP Charles Murray takes a turn from TV action-drama to deliver a decidedly black love story reminiscent of the late '90s heyday of the genre.

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    Memoir of a Hollywood Raconteur: Curtis Harrington's 'Nice Guys Don't Work in Hollywood'

    When I was an undergraduate in UCLA’s film school in 1973, I interviewed Curtis Harrington for the UCLA Daily Bruin about his masterful "The Killing Kind." The filmmaker did not disappoint: He welcomed me into his gorgeous Art Nouveau-stuffed home in the Hollywood Hills and chatted openly and articu...

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    In the Summer of 'White House Down,' 'The Attack' Is Ideal Counterprogramming

    If you believe what the blockbusters tell you, evil comes from distant places and disturbed individuals out of touch with reality.

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