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    Inequality For All

    Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich is a popular author and pundit, but in "Inequality for All," filmmaker Jacob Kornbluth shows us Reich as a charismatic teacher at U.C. Berkeley.

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    Review: Filipino Thriller 'On The Job' A Familiar But Exciting Echo Of 'The Departed'

    The Philippines gets their own “Infernal Affairs” with “On the Job,” a propulsive new actioner. It’s not a remake of that Hong Kong hit, but it features the same cops-and-criminals conflict and stock moral ambiguity that turned that earlier film, and “The Departed,” into an ethical funhouse mirror f...

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    RIFF Review: Social-Realist 'Diego Star' Anchored by Issaka Sawadogo's Layered, Splendid Performance

    Issaka Sawadogo remains a mystery here in the States, but you ought to pay attention – his work has been profiled on S&A a few times in the past (HERE and HERE) – because the Burkinabe actor is bestowed with serious acting range.

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    NYFF Review: Paul Greengrass Takes You Hostage In The Desperately Harrowing ‘Captain Phillips’

    Comparing oranges and apples tends not to be conducive to any critical discourse, but to get something off my chest that I can’t shake (and hopefully provides some convincing context), in the fall sweepstakes to create the most gripping, immersive and emotionally resonant survival tale, Paul Greengr...

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    This Weekend: See Mickle's Horror Remake 'We Are What We Are,' Gordon-Levitt's 'Don Jon,' Music Doc 'Muscle Shoals'

    An eclectic bag of well-reviewed films hit theaters this weekend. Best reviews go to Greg Camalier's Sundance doc on "Muscle Shoals," the legendary Alabama town where, during the 1960s and '70s, such music titans as the Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin and Paul Simon would make the pilgrimage to alte...

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    Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2

    The sequel bears little resemblance to 2009's "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs."

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    Review: Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Charming 'Don Jon' Starring Scarlett Johansson

    Jon Martello is the quintessential modern-day lothario. He and his friends objectify women, rate them on a scale of one to ten and cruise clubs for chicks that they can bed and discard. Jon, in particular, is exceptionally good at wooing the ladies with his muscles, slick-backed hair and cocky charm...

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    Book Review: Fascinating & Enjoyable 'Very Naughty Boys: The Amazing True Story Of HandMade Films'

    The concept of "paying your dues" is valued for the simple reason of knowing what it's like to be at the bottom, and learning from that experience, so that when you do succeed you apply what you have gained to your current and ongoing success. And one wonders if HandMade Films, the boutique, indepen...

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    Review: In Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Directorial Debut 'Don Jon,' Porn Addiction Is a Red Herring

    "Don Jon" isn't as much about its lead character's addiction as it first appears. Despite its promising risqué premise, "Don Jon" is a relatively conservative paean to monogamous relationships.

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    Review: Visually Arresting 'Mother Of George' Is A Stunning Accomplishment

    It is hard to recall a wedding sequence as lovingly photographed, gorgeously realized, and downright joyous as the one that opens Andrew Dosunmu’s “Mother of George.” It is the union of a Nigerian couple living in Brooklyn, Adenike (Danai Gurira) and Ayodele (Isaac de Bankolé), an event that has bro...

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