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    New On VOD Review: Sudz Sutherland's 'Home Again' Makes Advocates Out Of Its Audience

    Home Again follows the loosely intersecting stories of three young people deported “home” to Jamaica after having spent most of their lives growing up in other countries. Directed and produced by the husband-and-wife team of Sudz Sutherland and Jennifer Holness, the well-done action drama highligh...

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    Is Portuguese Cinema in Danger?

    With Portuguese films circulating in the world's greatest festivals, Vanessa Erazo wonders if it's the nation's cinema is in danger, or the nation itself.

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    Review: Music-Making Eco-Doc 'Musicwood' (EXCLUSIVE CLIP)

    Sometimes it seems that inside every successful filmmaker there’s an embryonic rock star -- Johnny Depp, David Lynch and producer Thomas Tull (who was behind “It Might Get Loud”) are among Hollywood’s bigger guitar freaks and unlike a lot of guitar freaks elsewhere they can actually afford the merch...

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    Why John Carpenter Is the Most Underrated Filmmaker Of Our Time

    About a decade ago while I was attending the Vancouver International Film Festival, I ended the screening day over beers with a small group of critics. By the end of the evening, we came around to proclaiming John Carpenter the most underrated American filmmaker of our time.

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    BFI London Film Festival Diary Day 8: '12 Years A Slave,' 'The Past,' 'Only Lovers Left Alive' & More

    I'm a defender of the Oscar season in general—it's a rare chance to shift the conversation away from superheroes and talking cartoon animals, and onto films made for actual grown-up human beings. But it does also have the unfortunate side-effect of often framing the movies as nothing but competitors...

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    Review: 'Filth,' Based On The Irvine Welsh Novel, Starring James McAvoy

    One thing we resolved early on, having read around on the subject a little: to try, try, try to get through just the first sentence of our review of “Filth,” the Jon S. Baird-directed adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel, without mentioning “Trainspotting.” So, obviously, we’re pretty disappointed wit...

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    BFI London Film Festival Review: 'Saving Mr. Banks' With Tom Hanks & Emma Thompson

    Though the general public doesn't always share their enthusiasm, Hollywood loves making movies about itself. Whether fictional or based in reality, it's rare for a year to pass without some kind of film about filmmaking, from classics like "Sunset Boulevard" and "Mulholland Drive" to, uh, not-classi...

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    Review: 'Saving Mr. Banks,' With Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks, Puts an Enjoyable Spin On the 'Mary Poppins' Saga Without Romanticizing Disney

    From its opening "Walt Disney presents" ident onward, John Lee Hancock's "Saving Mr. Banks" is cloaked in an inescapable veil of "meta."

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    Review: Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Other Drama - 'Dancing On The Edge' Of Invisibility (Premiered 10/19)

    “I am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allen Poe; nor am I one of your Hollywood-movie extoplasms. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids—and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to ...

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    Review: 'God Loves Uganda' A Powerful Profile Of Religiously Fueled Intolerance

    This history of Africa is unfortunately one that has seen exploitation of its people, land and resources. Though it contains a wonderful diversity of people and culture, even to this day, the riches it contains that can be monetized are targets for outside influence. But what Oscar-winning director ...

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