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    Tribeca Review: A Flashy New Boogeyman Highlights The Otherwise Dismal 'Mr. Jones'

    What's distinct about "Mr. Jones" is that it lengthily utilizes three separate storytelling techniques. The narrative begins with found footage, then segues into documentary before closing with a more conventional structure. Given the sloppiness of Karl Mueller's directorial debut, it feels less lik...

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    Tribeca Review: ‘Sunlight Jr.’ Authentically Portrays The Underclass, But Spares Few Rays Of Hope

    To orient you to a filmmaker who's been away for far too long: If Wes Anderson’s central preoccupation is tightly-controlled diorama-like compositions, Tim Burton’s obsession is dark, kooky misfits, and Sofia Coppola’s fixation is alienated teenagers soundtracked to exquisite pop songs, then Laurie ...

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    Tribeca Review: A Drug Trafficking Romeo And Juliet Face The Tragedy Of 'Deep Powder'

    It doesn’t get much more Romeo and Juliet than “Deep Powder,” a drug melodrama based on true events but otherwise inspired by a love driven by classic class conflict. The handsome, broke townie in this instance is “Evil Dead” star (deal with it) Shiloh Fernandez as Danny, a puppy dog-cute snow-lift ...

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    Tribeca Review: Silence On The Front Lines Of War, In 'The Kill Team'

    There's a stomach-turning sadness at the heart of "The Kill Team," Dan Krauss' austere documentary about a soldier trapped in the cycle of violence perpetrated by a group of soldiers indicted on charges of violence against innocents in 2010. While the media was more than ready to discuss a culture o...

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    2013 Tribeca Film Review: Whoopi Goldberg's 'Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin' To Tell You'

    2013 Tribeca Film Review: Whoopi Goldberg's 'Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin' To Tell You'

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    2013 Tribeca Film Review: "Flexing" Goes Mainstream in 'Flex is Kings'

    I have always found the body-contorting dance form of street dancing, contemporarily known as “flexing”, to be a creative and exhilarating art form. The documentary Flex is Kings, directed by Deidre Schoo and Michael Beach Nichols, manages to reaffirm those original perceptions of the very compe...

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    Tribeca Review: 'Lenny Cooke' Is The 'Death Of A Salesman' Of Sports Documentaries

    Early on in failed-prodigy documentary "Lenny Cooke," the titular basketball star, then in high school, is caught off-guard in one of the film's many revealing passages. He is discussing the 2001 NBA Draft, which made history with three high schoolers taken in the top four selections. Before the dra...

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    Toronto Jewish Film Fest, Spotlight On Africa - '400 Miles to Freedom'

    “400 Miles to Freedom” tells a collective story of Jews from the African Diaspora. Leading in telling this amazing and often unheard of story, is the story of a young man, film director Avishai Mekonen. At 10 years old, he was kidnapped and held captive in Sudan; while his family lived in Ethiopia (...

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    Tribeca Review: 'Dark Touch' Matches Pitch Black Subject Matter To Fangoria-Style Visuals

    Director Marina De Van has had a curious career, emerging from the shadows of collaborator Francois Ozon. Her first two films were strongly indebted to a culture of Gaellic body horror that plumbed greater depths than the more commercial sadism expressed in films like "Martyrs" and "Inside," with he...

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    Review: 'Oconomowoc' Is More Coming-Of-College-Age Quirk You've Seen Before

    Bust out your bemused deadpan, it’s time for “Oconomowoc!” This excessively low-temperature film is yet another example of an indie film wanting to have its cake and eat it too: an arch, knowing approximation of indie aesthetics that both mocks and embraces its forebearers in a way that pretends the...

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