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    DVD Review: 1986 Hip-Hop Doc 'Big Fun In The Big Town' (Available For 1st Time In 25 Years)

    New York, 1986: a city of big dreams and equally big problems. Like New York itself, hip-hop music encompassed both of these human conditions. But hip-hop and its cultural birthplace shared other important characteristics, too: the desire to always be original, a hustle-to-survive ambition, and – ...

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    Review - Kenya-Set 'Wavumba' Is A Dreamy Homage To The Filmmaker's Youth

    A film that's maybe more about mood and setting than narrative, Wavumba, from Dutch filmmaker Jeroen van Velzen, is a beautiful homage to a place and time - memories of the filmmaker's childhood, spent in coastal Kenya, steeped in mysticism, and driven by the tale of a single fisherman, Mohamme...

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    VODetails: 'Drinking Buddies'

    Joe Swanberg takes mumblecore mainstream with Olivia Wilde and Anna Kendrick

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    Early Reviews: Wong Kar-wai's 'The Grandmaster' Is a Dazzling and Contemplative Martial Arts Epic (UPDATED, TRAILER)

    Discussing his new film "The Grandmaster" at the Academy on July 22, Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar-wai ("2046," "My Blueberry Nights," "In the Mood for Love") described the alchemy of image and sound in cinema: "It isn't one plus one. It's chemistry."

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    Did The Lone Ranger Kill the Western?

    The Lone Ranger's box office failure once again prompts concern that the Western is dead. But it lives on in other forms, and those forms say as much about history as the traditional Western once did.

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    Attention Aspiring Film Critics In New York: Indiewire and the Film Society of Lincoln Center's NYFF Critics Academy Is Now Taking Applications

    The second edition of Indiewire's New York-based Critics Academy, a partnership with the Film Society of Lincoln Center scheduled to coincide with the 51st edition of NYFF, begins accepting applications today. Details for applicants can be found below.

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    Outfest Review: 'After Tiller' Tells The Story Of Real-Life Heroes With Clarity And Compassion

    When Lana Wilson and Martha Shane set out to make “After Tiller” several years ago, they didn’t know that their documentary about late term abortion providers would be opening in the wake of catastrophic restrictions on reproductive health rights in Texas, North Carolina and Ohio. But, given the cli...

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    Netflix Picks Review - 'Marley' (Intimate Portrait Of A Man Who Would Become Global Phenom)

    Marley bills itself as the definitive Bob Marley documentary. It has reached that status.

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    'Breaking Bad' and the Power of Vanity

    It's not enough for Walter White to win. He has to be seen.

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