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    DVD Review - 'Nollywood Babylon' Chronicling The Jaunty World Of Nigerian Cinema (Watch Now)

    Bollywood meets Nollywood.

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    DVD Review - Cinéma Vérité Feature Doc 'Crude' (Oh Yes, There Will Be Blood)

    It's the familiar David Vs Goliath story - one we've seen played out in our media on many an occasion. And being the bleeding-heart Marxist that I am, it should be no surprise that I'm almost always going to side with the "David."

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    Review: 'I'm Carolyn Parker' Tells The Story Of Post-Katrina New Orleans Through The Eyes Of One Resilient Woman

    It has been seven years since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, and the impact is still being felt both locally and nationally. The event is still a touchstone for conversations about race, class and government, one that usually pits the haves against the have nots. But in truth, the story o...

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    How 'Dredd 3D' Represents the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Modern Action Movies

    "Dredd 3D" may present a dreary vision of the future, but it offers a promising encapsulation of the modern action movie.

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    Review - Steve James' 'Head Games' Is A Cautionary Tale For Athletes

    After directing 2 of the most reverred documentaries made in the last 20 years (you'll likely find both of them on many lists of top documentaries of all time - 1994's Hoop Dreams and 2011's The Interrupters), director Steve James tackles what he refers to as the "concussion cr...

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    Review: Seven Shorts Showcase Rare Performances from Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Jason Alexander, Judi Dench, Kenneth Branagh

    This fall, ShortsHD will present a collection of several brief films unambiguously titled "Stars in Shorts." Each of these otherwise unconnected seven films features big name talent including Judi Dench, Colin Firth, Tom Hiddleston, Keira Knightly, Kenneth Branagh, Lily Tomlin, Jason Alexander, and...

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    Review: 'Three Stars' An Interesting Look At What It Takes To Run A Michelin-Starred Restaurant

    The perception of food and how we interact with it in our daily lives is at an interesting crossroads in the media. For the most part, the message of the moment is about keeping things organic and simple, using the best ingredients on hand, sourced locally if at all possible. On the other end of the...

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    Review: Emotional & Inspiring 'How To Survive A Plague' Is One Of The Best Documentaries Of The Year

    It can seem like ancient history to the millenial generation, but many remember the all-too-harrowing realities of the AIDS crisis and the subsequent social movement that arose out of the desperation and fear of imminent death faced by young, vibrant individuals with a fierce will to live. This move...

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    NYFF Review: Barry Levinson's 'The Bay' Is A Frightening Eco-Horror 'Jaws' Riff

    Primarily known for his talky, small-scale comedic dramas, exemplified by his beloved "Diner," Vanity Fair recently made a compelling argument for this seminal Barry Levinson film influencing everything from "Seinfeld" and "Swingers" to Judd Apatow's comedy factory and feel-good Hollywood trifles li...

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    Review: 'The Perks Of Being A Wallflower' A Touching, Fresh & Funny Take On Teenage Love & Life

    Teenagers have generally not been well served by the movies. Folks like Cameron Crowe, John Hughes and Judd Apatow aside, adolescent life is usually positioned around the goals of having sex, partying and getting into outlandish hijinks with little-to-no actual insight into how teenagers think or fe...

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