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    Tribeca: Breakout Director Sean Dunne Talks 'Oxyana' and a Portrait of a Town's Addiction

    When people describe Oceana of ten years ago, they describe an idealistic small town--"kind of like the 50s," says one man interviewed in Sean Dunne's first feature documentary "Oxyana." People in the town of 1,400 used to keep doors unlocked and let children play freely in the streets. Now, people ...

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    Tribeca Film Festival Review: 'Let the Fire Burn' Is Powerfully & Masterfully Structured

    Tribeca Film Festival Review: 'Let the Fire Burn' Is Powerfully & Masterfully Structured

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  • The Playlist
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    Tribeca Review: Feats Of Superhuman Strength, Filmmaking Of Uncommon Heart In 'Bending Steel'

    You're not likely to see a more inspiring documentary this year than "Bending Steel," the story of one Chris Schoeck, an unassuming New York gentleman with one secret passion. Schoeck is a curious character, an admitted introvert with a slight stutter whom you can tell had to be coaxed to be on came...

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    Tribeca Review: 'A Case Of You' Is A Painfully Insipid Rom-Com For The Social Media Generation

    It was only a matter of time before someone tried to fully exploit our current social media communication age for the evils of the generic romantic comedy and "A Case Of You," a new Justin Long-led rom-com, does just that; abusing the Facebook platform to create the first creepy FB stalker comedy. S...

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    'The Reluctant Fundamentalist': Mira Nair's Mirror of American-Pakistani Relations

    In a Lahore cafe, the Pakistan-born, Princeton-educated hero of Mira Nair's The Reluctant Fundamentalist tells an American reporter about his reaction to the World Trade Center attacks. Changez (Riz Ahmed) was as horrified as anyone – but at first there was an instinctive smile, simple "awe," ...

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    Tribeca Review: 'Lil Bub & Friendz' Is Not The Catumentary You Thought It Would Be

    WHY IS THIS A THING, PEOPLE? Do you like cats? Stupid question, you're on the internet. We can see you've got a tab open with all sorts of cat videos and gifs. You told your friends you were sick of them sending Keyboard Cat videos to you, but you secretly weren't. You ironically bought one of those...

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    Review - Frank, Inquisitive, Whimsical, Poetic 'An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty' (Opens Friday)

    Variance Films will open Terence Nance's Gotham award-winning (Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You) work of film art, An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty, this Friday, April 26; here's my review of the film after I saw it at the Sundance Film Festival where it premiered last year.

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    Tribeca Review: ‘Big Bad Wolves’ Is A Deeply Brilliant, Surprisingly Funny Israeli Revenge Thriller

    Back in 2009, “Let the Right One In,” a slick, deeply felt genre piece from a far away land, played the Tribeca Film Festival and blew almost everyone (this writer included) away. It’s hard not to think about “Let the Right One In” while watching “Big Bad Wolves,” a similarly slick foreign language ...

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    Tribeca Review: Neil LaBute Goes Back To Basics In Spartan, Scintillating 'Some Velvet Morning'

    When filmmakers find themselves in a rough place, they tend to dial back their productions, usually by necessity, but also as a refresher course in refueling the creative spirit. Playwright Neil LaBute has had a rough go of it in his last few big-screen adventures: "Lakeview Terrace" was a half-bake...

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    Why the Good Narratives at the Tribeca Film Festival Are Away From the Spotlight

    Real life offers many stories worth telling and an increasingly affordable means of telling them, so it comes as no great surprise that great documentaries circulate more prevalently with each passing year. As usual, the sizable program at the Tribeca Film Festival is especially strong with non-fict...

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