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    Venice Review: Sam Fuller Documentary 'A Fuller Life'

    Like most right-minded film fans we're big fans of Sam Fuller (check out our list of essential films from the director). Kicking of his career as a crime reporter and novelist, Fuller soon found his way to Hollywood and after serving in World War Two as an infantryman, became a film director. Genera...

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    Recap: 'Breaking Bad,' Season 5, Episode 12 'Rabid Dog'

    "He can't keep getting away with it!" Jesse (Aaron Paul) howls in the twelfth, riveting episode of the final season of "Breaking Bad." And increasingly, it looks like Walt (Bryan Cranston) is on the backpedal, looking to straighten up a mess that continues to seep like so much gasoline into the carp...

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    Venice Review: Alexandros Avranas' Extraordinary, Shocking 'Miss Violence'

    It's always exciting to see a nation not traditionally known for their cinematic output step up with a movement or wave of films and filmmakers that gain attention on the international scene. In recent years, some of the most exciting releases have come from directors based in Chile and South Korea,...

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    Venice Review: Terry Gilliam’s ‘The Zero Theorem’ Starring Christoph Waltz, Matt Damon & Tilda Swinton

    It’s been a rough couple of decades to be a Terry Gilliam fan. Not just because he hasn't been as prolific as you’d like him to be, with several false starts or projects that never made it to a greenlight—most famously “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” which actually made it to production before fal...

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    Telluride Film Festival Review: Palestinian Informant Faces Tough Choices In Somber Award-Winning Drama 'Bethlehem'

    The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is fertile ground for stories of daily life interrupted by wartime discord, but only recently has cinema from the region succeeded at exploring the humanity on both sides of the border. Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad's "Paradise Now" and recent Cannes entry "Oma...

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    Venice Review: Gia Coppola's 'Palo Alto' Starring Emma Roberts, Jack Kilmer & James Franco

    Cinema's just about old enough at this point that we've seen a few three-generation acting dynasties—the Fondas, the Hustons, the Barrymores. But if there's a family that's produced three generations of directors, they're certainly escaping us right now. But enter Gia Coppola. The 26-year-old is, as...

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    Telluride Film Festival Review: An Inventor Learns to Paint, But Is It Art? Exploring 'Tim's Vermeer'

    Penn & Teller are generally known for their magic tricks and prankish energy, but "Tim's Vermeer" -- a documentary directed by Teller and produced by Penn Jillette -- stands apart from the rest of their oeuvre. A spirited look at the quest of an eccentric entrepreneur intent on uncovering the crypti...

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    Venice Film Festival Review: Agnès b.'s Directorial Debut "Je m’appelle…Hmmm" Fails to Impress

    Agnès b. owns a film theater in Hong Kong, produces films such as "Spring Breakers," dabbles in the world of film festival partnerships and maintains a line of clothing called "On aime le cinéma." But that's not enough for the fashion designer to prove with her debut feature "Je m’appelle…Hmmm" that...

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    Telluride Film Festival Review: Is Alfonso Cuarón's 'Gravity' A New Kind of Cinema?

    There's an implicit irony to the title of "Gravity," director Alfonso Cuarón's lost-in-space odyssey, because gravity rarely enters into the equation. Almost entirely shot in a stunningly realistic but entirely digital representation of space, the movie might be the most spectacular two-hander of al...

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