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    NYFF Review: Spike Jonze's 'Her' Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams & Rooney Mara

    Is social media anti-social? Has the information age divided us as much as it has been meant to unite? Is peer-to-peer simply an ironic term or are inter-personal, face-time relationships ripe for redefinition? While these are not the primary concerns of Spike Jonze’s lovely and perceptive relations...

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    Review: 'Design Is One' A Jumbled, Scattershot Look At Designers Who Mastered Simplicity

    "The way things work in communication design is frequently enhancing understanding, which is of course is at the heart of much of the Vignelli's legacy work," Richard Grefe of the American Institute Of Graphic Arts, says about Lella and Massimo Vignelli, the subjects of "Design Is One." "To the exte...

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    Captain Phillips

    Director Paul Greengrass and cinematographer Barry Ackroyd create a vivid, insider’s look at life at sea and how a crew of twenty did their best to elude their would-be captors.

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    'Walter Mitty's Not-So-Secret Act

    Ben Stiller's 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' and Joanna Hogg's 'Exhibition' explore the crossover between performance and life.

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    REVIEW: "The Snow Queen"

    No, not Disney's "Frozen". A new film of The Snow Queen, directed by Vladlen Barbe and Maxim Sveshnikov, has just been released and has received more interest that it would otherwise because it’s being released just a few weeks before Disney's feature. It left me cold.

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    Review: George Tillman Jr's 'The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete' (In Theaters Now)

    Review: George Tillman Jr's 'The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete' (In Theaters Now)

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    Review: Nerd Dramedy 'Zero Charisma' Lives Up To Its Title

    Well, thank God for accurate titles. “Zero Charisma” takes the viewer into the world of hardcore roleplaying games, this one ruled over by a behemoth named Scott (Sam Eidson). A twentysomething living with his grandmother and barely earning a living wage at a local donut shop, nothing much seems to ...

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    Review: 'God Loves Uganda' Is A Fascinating & Emotionally Overwhelming Film (Opens Today)

    In God Loves Uganda documentarian Roger Ross Williams casts a critical eye on the presence and growing influence of evangelical Christianity on the African continent. The film focuses on Uganda in particular, where local religious leaders fueled by Kansas’s International House of Prayer tirelessly w...

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