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    The Trailer Test: While New 'Silver Linings Playbook' Trailer Continues Oscar Season, 'Lone Ranger' Looks Past It

    The newly released trailer for "Silver Linings Playbook" serves to heighten the movie's Oscar odds, while "The Lone Ranger" anticipates the 2013 summer movie season that will kick into high gear once awards mania dies down. While equally forward-looking, they anticipate vastly different futures.

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    NYFF Review: 'Araf' Stirs & Shocks In Equal Measure

    There isn’t much that can prepare you for the drastic second-half turn of “Araf,” an often-gorgeous drama playing in the Main Slate at the New York Film Festival. Evocative and somewhat alien in equal measure, “Araf” takes place in a withered Turkish countryside that might as well be another planet....

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    NYFF Review: Devastating and Philosophical, Alan Berliner's Alzheimer's Portrait 'First Cousin Once Removed' Is His Best Movie

    Documentarian Alan Berliner is frequently the star of his movies, but his focus extends beyond his neuroses. Rather than the star of the show, he's a vessel for bigger ideas, and evades the perils of self-indulgence that could result from putting himself in front of the camera by foregrounding theme...

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    Review: 'Beatles Stories' A Collection Of Celeb Tales Tall & Small About The Fab Four

    Everyone has some kind of celebrity story. And even if you don't, in this six-degrees-of-Kevin-Bacon world, you probably know somebody that does. And when it comes to one of the most important bands of all time, who not only touched the world of music, but film, art, politics and social change a...

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    Review: Ty Burr's 'Gods Like Us: On Movie Stardom and Modern Fame'

    David Thomson, watch out! In the pithy new book "Gods Like Us: On Movie Stardom and Modern Fame," Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr delivers thoughtfully epigrammatic descriptions of movie stars, actors, and celebrities.

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    Review: Lee Daniels' 'The Paperboy' With Matthew McConaughey & Nicole Kidman Is A Disastrous Flop

    Many people will tell you that "The Paperboy" -- based on Pete Dexter's novel, brought to the screen by "Precious" director Lee Daniels -- is a trash masterpiece, an instant camp classic, so bad it's good. These people, these critics, are simply not to be trusted about an...

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    Now and Then: 'Looper' and the Future of Sci Fi

    Deep into "Looper" we meet Sara (Emily Blunt), a young mother and cane farmer in the year 2044. The moment, for science fiction, is riskily quiet — in the first blush of dusk she mimes lighting a cigarette, taking a slow drag on imagined bliss. It's also, for all the film's nodding at the genre's pa...

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    NYFF Review: Alain Resnais Makes A Delightful Final Film With 'You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet!'

    Alain Resnais is no stranger to the absurd. For over fifty years, his films—beginning with “Hiroshima, Mon Amour,” have asked questions through their oblique narratives about the way we think about story, performance, and cinema. But such a serious statement also obscures the pure delight it is to g...

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    Review Roundup: 3-D 'Life of Pi' Dazzles Critics, NYFF Rothman Panel [VIDEO]

    Critics are eating up Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" following its NYFF debut on Friday. Raves praising the film's immersive, spectacular use of 3-D, its inspirational pantheistic message and strong performances from the three actors playing Pi are in the majority, with a few outliers wishing for heftier su...

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    NYFF Review: 'Barbara' A Fresh Look Into 1980s Germany, Focusing On Life & Love

    Though maybe a bit too stiff and straight-laced, "Barbara" is a frequently subtle, moderately interesting character study set in a grievous East Germany during the 1980s. What are especially nice are the painstaking ways that director Christian Petzold ("Jerichow," "Dreilebe...

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