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    Obit: Author Donald Richie Boosted Japanese Cinema

    Donald Richie, who spent more than 60 of his 88 years in Japan and introduced the English-speaking world to post-World War II Japanese cinema, died February 19 in Tokyo. He is best known for his writings on the great Japanese directors Akira Kurosawa and Yasujiro Ozu.

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    Now and Then: In 'For Ellen,' the Many Faces of Paul Dano

    Put a quarter in the jukebox and the rocker Joby Taylor (Paul Dano) transforms. His loping gait diffuses into trance, a manic, writhing riff on his stage persona. It's a conversion experience of sorts, fittingly enough: "For Ellen" is a tale of many metamorphoses.

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    5 Films to Watch From the 2013 Film Comment Selects Series

    For 13 years, the editors of Film Comment magazine have presented an annual screening series of diverse cinema at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, much of which has garnered acclaim on the festival circuit but hardly anywhere else. Here are five highlights from this year's lineup.

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    PAFF 2013 Review - Shola Lynch's Sobering, Candid 'Free Angela & All Political Prisoners'

    Question: You had a pretty bourgeois and comfortable childhood, in Birmingham; and so did your sister [Angela]; can you trace the development of someone from that kind of background into a revolutionary and Marxist person?

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    How 'Rubberneck,' 'Red Flag' and 'Supporting Characters' Illustrate the Versatility of Alex Karpovsky

    Alex Karpovsky is a man of considerable talent whose time has come. Lost in the hype of the so-called mumblecore movement when it first erupted out of the SXSW scene, Karpovsky was not as prolific or media-savvy as Joe Swanberg or the Duplass brothers, but his interests as both actor and filmmaker h...

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    PAFF 2013 Review: Charles Murray's Spoken Word Love Story 'Things Never Said'

    In his feature directorial debut, longtime television writer/EP Charles Murray takes a turn from TV action-drama to deliver a decidedly black love story reminiscent of the late '90s heyday of the genre.

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    PAFF 2013 Review: Eugene Jarecki’s 'The House That I Live In'

    PAFF 2013 Review: Eugene Jarecki’s 'The House That I Live In'

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    PAFF 2013 Review - Christian Lara’s '1802: Freedom Now'

    PAFF Review – Christian Lara’s “1802: Freedom Now”

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    PAFF 2013 Short Film Review - 'The Divorce Counselor'

    2013 PAFF (SHORTS) REVIEW: THE DIVORCE COUNSELOR

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    'Girls' Recap 6: The 'Boys' Aren't in Kansas Anymore, Toto

    One of the things I’ve admired about this season of “Girls” is that it has no obligation to regularly check in with each of the four “leads” of the show. Instead, certain characters are more central in certain episodes, in an organic way, while supporting characters are given a surprising amount of ...

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