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    2012 ABFF Review: Eye-Opening 'Contradictions of Fair Hope' Gives Lesson in Identity & Dignity

    S. Epatha Merkerson and Rockell Metcalf’s directorial debut Contradictions of Fair Hope, narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, documents the nation’s last surviving philanthropic society. Founded in Alabama by freed slaves after emancipation, the Fair Hope Benevolent Society began as Black A...

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    11 Reviews from the 2012 LA Film Festival: 'Beasts,' 'To Rome With Love' and More

    This year's the Los Angeles Film Festival featured everything from apocalyptic romances to Cuban zombies. With the festival winding down, we've compiled a list of reviews by Indiewire film critic Eric Kohn to streamline your recapping experience.

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    Best of the Week: LA Film Fest Reviews, 'Girls' & 'Newsroom,' Plus Remembering Andrew Sarris

    This week on TOH, we covered the heck out of the ongoing LA Film Festival, looked at the excellent Season 1 run of "Girls" while rounding up mixed reviews for the soon-to-start Season 1 of Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom," and culled early critics' reactions to "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "Abraham Lin...

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    To Rome With Love—movie review

    The best thing about being a Woody Allen fan is the certainty that if you don’t like his latest film, he’s already got another one in the oven. Following the unprecedented audience reaction to 'Midnight in Paris', Allen has conceived a multi-character mosaic of stories set in the Eternal City...but,...

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    Critic's Notebook: How to Honor Andrew Sarris and Amos Vogel With Your Netflix Queue

    Critic's Notebook: How to Honor Andrew Sarris and Amos Vogel With Your Netflix Queue

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    ABFF 2012 Review: Compelling Political Drama 'Better Mus' Come' Misses A Few Chances

    Directed by Storm Saulter from a screenplay penned by Saulter, Paul Bucknor and Joshua Bratter, Better Mus’ Come –a fictionalized account based on real life events - is set during Jamaica’s 1970’s political turmoil among government’s socialism supporters and the La...

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    L.A. Film Fest Review: 'A Band Called Death' Rewrites Punk History, And Tells An Emotional Story of Faith And Family

    Nope, not The Ramones, The Clash or the Sex Pistols. Not even Bad Brains. The true punk pioneers were a band called Death, straight out of the Motor City, Detroit, and you’ve probably never heard of them until now. Thanks to some obsessive record collectors, a whole lot of serendipity, and a new doc...

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    The Invisible War

    There are some movies that just gut you.  They just hit you hard and twist until you are a spent rag ready to get up and fight against all the injustices that have just been witnessed. 

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    Review: David Cross, Julia Stiles, America Ferrera and More Charm in Todd Berger's Satisfying Apocalyptic Couples Drama 'It's a Disaster'

    Character studies set during the advent of the apocalypse are so common these days they practically form their own genre, but "It's a Disaster" manages to stand out from the crowd by having as much fun as possible with the grim scenario. A largely uneven satire set entirely within the ...

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    ABFF 2012 Review: Leila Djansi's Emotionally Rich, Thought-Provoking 'Ties That Bind'

    If you have seen Leila Djansi’s Sinking Sands (see my review HERE), you would know that the ambitious filmmaker doesn’t shy away from female-driven, heavy and poignant themes that elicit intense emotions.

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