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    SIFF Review: 'The Savoy King' Celebrates Harlem Jazz Drummer Chick Webb

    “Music is a universal combiner," says Dr. Muriel Petioni, the mother of Harlem medicine, in the first few measures of Jeff Kaufman’s spirited window into the culture of the Harlem music and dance movement in the 1920’s and '30’s. This is a perfect descriptor for "The Savoy King: Chick Webb and the M...

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    Netflix Picks: Doc On 'Carmen & Geoffrey' - Dance Icons Of The African Diaspora

    I’ve been missing out not knowing much about the work of these two tremendous artists, icons I shall say, of what we regard today as modern dance.

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    Now and Then: Do Silent Movies Still Matter?

    In some quarters I'll be considered a heretic for even asking the question. But think about how many people you know — discounting film school types and critics, people pretty much required to do so — who have ever seen a silent, let alone watch them regularly. I'll bet the number is small. Should w...

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    'Brave' Early Reviews: Merida May Not Be New Model Princess After All

    The "Brave" trailers promo Pixar's foray into princess movies; the Disney animated feature is expected to be one of the summer's top performers. But early reviews suggest the tale isn't as fresh and groundbreaking as we'd hoped. Princess Merida is Pixar's first female lead, but may not prove to be a...

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    Review: Pixar's 'Brave' Is A Powerful But Wobbly Feminist Fairy Tale

    There are a lot of firsts associated with "Brave," Disney/Pixar's new feature, set in the misty Scottish highlands. It's the studio's first period piece ("The Incredibles'" captivating retro-futurism doesn't count, it seems), their first fairy tale, and their first film led by a female character (in...

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    Review: 'Tahrir' Is A Must-See Account Of The Egyptian Uprising

    The "Arab Spring" -- a term frequently used to describe the various countries in the Middle East rising against their much-maligned leaders -- rages on in full force. Though the wave of revolution is powerful, the media tends to be very selective in its coverage, focusing on one country before quick...

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    Behind-the-Scenes Doc 'Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present' Ruins the Mystique of Her Performance Art

    Behind-the-Scenes Doc 'Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present' Ruins the Mystique of Her Performance Art

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    Brooklyn Film Festival Review: 'Old Dog' A Bold, Uncompromising Tibetan Tale

    And so the Tibetan new-wave cometh. Though merely a tiny ripple for now (consisting of about two filmmakers), the homelanders are showing a different side of their environment, one overlooked by features such as “Seven Years in Tibet” or the blockbusters currently burning the region’s box office. Pe...

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    Review: After Dark Action Pics 'El Gringo,' 'The Philly Kid,' 'Stash House' & 'Transit' An Unven Offering Of Genre Fare

    After Dark has been busy releasing a full slate of genre fare, and today we take a look at the After Dark Action lineup which dropped no less than four new movies in May. They each had a brief theatrical run are now available on VOD. Read on below to hear our thoughts on these movies featuring Dolph...

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    Brooklyn Film Festival: Short Film Block Reveals Some Promising New Talent

    Despite the insistence of a Brooklynite to quack in between films, the short showcase put on by the Brooklyn Film Festival was an invigorating experience; a presentation of some truly talented individuals who will likely impress many when their features eventually unfurl.

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