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    'Lincoln' Early Reviews: Praise for Daniel Day-Lewis & Tommy Lee Jones, Spielberg Exercises Restraint

    Early reviews are coming in for Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," NYFF's secret screening on October 8, modestly praising Daniel Day-Lewis' performance and a "scene stealing" turn by Tommy Lee Jones as Thadeus Stevens. Critics are less impressed with...

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    Review: Broken Souls Come Together In Contrived Melodrama 'Least Among Saints'

    There are two films at war in “Least Amongst Saints,” and neither is very compelling. The first is a faith-forward feature about redemptive spirits, where Anthony (writer/director Martin Papazian) attempts to pull himself out of a PTSD funk fueled by alcohol and bad decisions upon his return from th...

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    Review: 'Smiley' An Internet Age Horror Film That's Not Quite Worth Booting Up

    Thirty minutes into Michael Gallagher’s “Smiley,” we were ready to turn off the film, but in the interest of reviewing the movie, we persisted. It was an arduous journey, a deceptively tolerable horror flick that briefly flirts with an interesting idea or two and then casts them aside for cheap scar...

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    Spielberg Unveils Unfinished 'Lincoln' at NYFF, Proves It's Better Than the Trailer

    Last year, the New York Film Festival launched a new tradition, the secret screening, by premiering an unfinished cut of Martin Scorsese's "Hugo." On Monday night, the 50th edition of the festival continued that tradition by unveiling a supposed work-in-progress cut of Steven Spielberg's talky perio...

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    NYFF Impressions: Steven Spielberg Unveils His 'Lincoln' History Lesson In Surprise Screening

    Characterized by refreshing restraint, its passionate convictions and patience, if Steven Spielberg’s worst tendencies are his propensity for the sentimental and overwrought (as evinced recently in much of “War Horse”), his latest, “Lincoln,” thankfully possesses almost none of those unfortunate tr...

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    HIFF Review: Disney's 2D & 3D Animated 'Paperman' A Romantic & Inventive Short

    This year's Hamptons International Film Festival has largely been defined by movies that make you want to cry your eyes out until they're squishy red gobs. Pictures like "Rust and Bone," "Amour" and "Silver Linings Playbook" challenge even the manliest audience members to sit there with a straight f...

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    Early Reviews: HBO's 'The Girl' Premieres at the Hampton Film Festival

    HBO premiered their Hitchcock vs. Hedren flick, "The Girl" at the Hamptons International Film Festival. Early reviews hint that while the film entertains, it doesn't quite satisfy in terms of character development. Toby Jones' portrayal of Alfred Hitchcock is praised across the board, while critic...

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    'Not Fade Away': NYFF Review Round-Up for 'Soprano' Creator David Chase's Film Debut

    "Sopranos"-creator David Chase had his feature directorial debut "Not Fade Away" October 4 at NYFF, to mostly positive response from the early reviewers (catalogued below). Rather than chronicle the rise and fall of successful rock group, "Not Fade Away" tells the story of a band that didn't quite ...

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    HIFF Review: 'The Girl' Creates Dark Hitchcockian Mood, But At The Cost Of Virtually Everything Else

    Like with the two competing Snow White movies earlier this year, Hollywood finds itself in the midst of battling Alfred Hitchcock pseudo-biographies this fall; each detailing the production of one of the master director's seminal films and his relationship with that film's comely leading lad...

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    Hamptons Film Fest Review: 'Sparrows Dance' A Simple Story Delivered With Affecting Charm

    The synopsis for "Sparrow's Dance," the new pocket-sized film from writer/director Noah Buschel, makes it literally sound like the most boring movies ever forged. It's about an unnamed agoraphobic woman (Marin Ireland, most notably from TV shows like "Homeland" and "The Killing"), who struggles with...

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