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    Doc NYC Review: ‘Shooting Bigfoot’ Takes A Hilarious Look At Americans’ Obsession With Sasquatch

    For some reason, we are in the midst of a mini-sasquatch frenzy. It seems like there are at least a half dozen basic cable shows devoted to finding, cataloguing, and trapping the legendary bigfoot monster; a hairy, humanoid creature said to resemble primitive man. There have been just as many low-bu...

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    Truth, Fiction, and Somali Pirates: 'Captain Phillips' vs. 'Stolen Seas'

    One is a riveting Hollywood adventure, the other a searching and nuanced documentary, but "Captain Phillips" and "Stolen Seas" -- which, taken together, comprise the year's most engaging double bill -- traverse similar narrative and thematic terrain. Both ask, in every sense one might mean the phras...

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    Foreign Oscar Entry Review: Wajma: An Afghan Love Story (وژمه)

    Wajma: An Afghan Love Story, Afghanistan's Submission for the Academy Award Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. U.S. : Film Movement. International Sales Agent: Doc & Film International

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    DOC NYC Review: 'What Is Cinema?' A Fascinating Look At The Enduring Love Of The Movies

    It's been over one hundred years since some smart people figured out how the right combination of light, lenses, and chemicals added up to the ability to capture moving images. And ever since that moment, the movies have become one of our most popular entertainments and art forms. Thanks to film we'...

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    Review: Why 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' And 'Philomena' Form An Unlikely Double Bill

    One of the significant new releases coming this week deals with the plight of an innocent woman fighting against the restrictions of a society that has forced her to reckon with terrible circumstances. Actually, make that two new releases.

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    Not Too Sappy, Not Too Harsh: Dench and Coogan in 'Philomena'

    If you're going to tell a heart-warming story about a sweet, wronged little old lady, it helps -- even if she is played by Judi Dench -- to have a hard-nosed, mordantly witty, cynical journliast along to offset the sugar quotient. That is the brilliant strategy behind Philomena, the fact-based story...

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    New And Notable Film Books For November – Part 1

    Years ago, writer-photographer Mark A. Vieira wrote and compiled a handsome book called "Hurrell’s Hollywood Portraits." This enormous and elegant volume supersedes it...

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    DOC NYC Review: 'A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair at the New York Times'

    DOC NYC Review: 'A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair at the New York Times'

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    Critics vs. Academy: Do 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,' 'Saving Mr. Banks,' and 'The Book Thief' Need Great Reviews?

    A look at the gap between critics and Academy voters. Will "The Book Thief," "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" and "Saving Mr. Banks" scoot past reviewers?

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