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    Sonoma Film Festival Day Three: Food, Wine and Taboo Subjects on Film

    Today's Sonoma Film Festival theme: subjects once considered taboo explored on film. First up, "A Teacher," a brisk 75-minute first film written and directed by Hannah Fidell, well-received at Sundance, about a high school teacher's reckless affair with one of her AP English students -- he's in it f...

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    New York Film Festival Review: 'Alaskaland'

    New York Film Festival Review: 'Alaskaland'

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    New York African Film Fest 2013 Review: 'Boneshaker'

    In Ghanaian director Frances Bodomo’s Boneshaker, an African family journeys through rural Louisiana on a quest to rid a rebellious 7-year-old of the perceived evil spirits that have made her something of a problem child.

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    Review: ‘Disconnect’ Is ‘Crash’ For The Web Era, And Even More Dismal Than That Sounds

    Many writers say they prefer not to start the writing process with a theme in mind – they simply let it emerge organically from their plot or characters. But then, plenty of films have gone the other way. The multi-strand, interconnected drama revolving around a particular subject or theme, like Ste...

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    New York African Film Fest 2013 Review: Revisiting Moussa Touré’s 'TGV'

    At this year’s New York African Film Festival, a screening of director Moussa Touré’s 1998 sophomore film, TGV, sheds new light on the Senegalese filmmaker’s more recent work.

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    Review: Unashamed Old-School Biopic '42' Brings Jackie Robinson to Life

    "42," the story of Jackie Robinson’s rookie season for the Brooklyn Dodgers, looks like a Norman Rockwell illustration come to life, as I say in my first review for WHYY about this unashamedly old-school biopic.

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    Review: Mira Nair’s 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist'

    Review: Mira Nair’s 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist'

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    Weekend Preview: Critics Divided on Luminous 'To The Wonder,' '42' Neither Home-Run Nor Strike-Out, 'Disconnect' Connects

    Terrence Malick's luminous, meditative portrait of romance in a small-town community, "To The Wonder," opens in theaters and on VOD this weekend. The film, which stars Olga Kurylenko, Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem and Rachel McAdams, is being met with varying critical response: Some love it (as I did),...

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    42

    Jackie Robinson made history as the first black man to play on a major league baseball team, but he titled his autobiography (which has just been reissued) "I Never Had It Made."

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    DISCONNECT

    At a time when so many movies offer nothing but escape, it’s refreshing to encounter one that has something to say about modern society, and a great cast to bring it to life.

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