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    Review and Roundup: Critics Love 'Gloria,' Chile's Must-See Foreign-Language Oscar Contender

    A review and roundup of "Gloria," Chile's entry for the Foreign-Language Oscar, directed by Sebastian Lelio and starring Paulina Garcia in the title role.

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    Review: Alicia Keys-Scored 'The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete' Is Earnest, Sweet and Aimless

    Director George Tillman Jr.'s filmography includes star-studded studio projects like "Men of Honor" and "Notorious," but you wouldn't guess it from the ultra-sincere "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete," an earnest tale of two lower class kids spending the summer on their own in the Brooklyn p...

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    Filmmakers You Should Know: Transmedia Storyteller Katerina Cizek Has Just Outdone Herself, with Help from the New York Times

    As transmedia has come and gone as a buzz word and various other words have come to take its place (will we agree on "Interactive storytelling"?), two things remain certain: The National Film Board of Canada has devoted the most resources, time, and energy to ensuring this mode of storytelling evol...

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    A Helluva Life, Making Movies

    I can’t think of many producers or studio executives who have penned memoirs. I also can’t imagine one being more entertaining or enlightening than David V. Picker’s "Musts, Maybes and Nevers," which earns my heartiest recommendation.

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    NYFF: Stiller's Fantasy Crowdpleaser 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' Divides Critics (VIDEO)

    A review and roundup of Ben Stiller's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," which recently premiered at NYFF, and a video of the press conference,

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    Performance Anxiety in 'Jealousy' and 'When Evening Falls on Bucharest

    New films from Philippe Garrel and Corneliu Poromboiu wonder whether love is just an act.

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    'Escape From Tomorrow' Will Ensure You'll Never See Disney World the Same Way Again

    A labyrinthine descent into the grotesque extremes of a Disneyfied society, "Escape From Tomorrow" is surreal for many reasons and wholly original because of them. It's also a daring attempt to literally assail Disney World from the inside out.

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    Review: Hip-Hop Documentary 'Sample This' Drops The Needle & Finds A Fascinating Beat

    “Sample This” would make a hell of an article. In fact, it did. In 2006, Will Hermes told the story of the story of the oft-forgotten, oft-sampled Incredible Bongo Band in the New York Times. His article, wonderfully titled “All Rise for the National Anthem of Hip-Hop,” began like so: “This is a sto...

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    Review: 'Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight' Floats But Doesn't Quite Sting

    Capturing the magnetic, larger than life personality of Muhammad Ali has been something only a few actors have tried over the years, including Will Smith, Darius McCrary and Terrence Howard. And while the boxing legend and sports world superstar can be imitated, he simply can't be duplicated. So cal...

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    NYFF Review: Ben Stiller's 'The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty' Co-Starring Kristen Wiig

    In a colorless and unremarkable New York apartment, the shy, anonymous Walter Mitty stares at the eHarmony dating page of his co-worker Cheryl (Kristen Wiig). Debating whether or not to make the online first move, Walter eventually daydreams about a spectacular manner in which to impress her. But ba...

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