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    Is Nostalgia Cinema a New Genre? Guy Maddin's 'Keyhole' Isn't the Only New Movie About Movies Opening This Week

    Is Nostalgia Cinema a New Genre? Guy Maddin's 'Keyhole' Isn't the Only New Movie About Movies Opening This Week

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    HBO's 'Game of Thrones' Second Season Opener Breaks Series Record

    While "Luck" took a bad turn for HBO, the cabler is cheering the numbers on "Game of Thrones." The eagerly anticipated second season opener broke the series record for viewers: 3.86 million tuned in, beating last season's June finale (3.04 million), per Nielsen estimates.

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    Review: 'We Have A Pope' An Unlikely Dramedy About Finding Faith, But Losing Yourself

    Early word on Nanni Moretti's "We Have A Pope" was that it was more or less in the vein of "The King's Speech." Well, perhaps in broad strokes, but unlike Tom Hooper's wildly overrated Oscar-winner, Moretti finds more depth, complex emotion and goes for a much braver, uneasy ending for his film. "We...

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    ND/NF '12 Review: 'Now, Forager' Is Strictly For Hardcore Food Snobs

    Two pairs of boots crush the leaves underneath, making their way through the forest. The pair of sufficiently-dressed foragers look behind trees, over hills, combing the landscape for a major score. Underneath a tree, it is found: scores and scores of massive mushrooms, all of a specific, hard-to-fi...

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    Review Round-Up: Whit Stillman's 'Damsels in Distress'

    Surprisingly, writer-director Whit Stillman's low-budget HD relationship comedy "Damsels in Distress" has earned 81% on the Tomatometer since its debut at Toronto, where the "Metropolitan" and "Barcelona" director earned some nostalgic kudos due to his thirteen-year absence from the big screen. His ...

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    'Game of Thrones' Season 2 Intro and Review: What You Need to Know

    The trick is not minding that HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is so complicated and crowded with characters that there’s no way to remember them all, or to hold the shape of the whole story in your mind.

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    Now and Then: In Two Foer Adaptations, Surprises and Disappointments Abound

    I'll admit it came as a shock, near the end of "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close," to find myself crying. As it turns out, movies can still surprise us, and I don't just mean that they defy the expectations set by Rotten Tomatoes. I mean they can, in the midst of things, find what they've been miss...

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    ND/NF '12 Review: Mads Brugger Cheats Death In Provocative Doc 'The Ambassador'

    Mads Brugger is a man with a death wish. The Danish journalist turned filmmaker will turn a lot of heads with “The Ambassador,” which recently debuted at the New Directors/New Films program in New York City. The film is ostensibly a documentary about the corruption between Central African despots an...

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    Morgan Spurlock's 'Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope' Is Charming, But Does He Bury the Lead?

    Spurlock has crafted an inoffensive love letter sure to please the contingency it represents. However, no matter the cheerful vibe, this is one portrait that could have used a critical eye.

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    Book Review: Annette Insdorf's 'Philip Kaufman' Elevates the Director But Skips the Pain

    Annette Insdorf's monograph on director Philip Kaufman is just what you'd expect from the astute and thorough Columbia University Director of Undergraduate Film Studies.

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