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    Now and Then: Hollywood's Civil War Obsession

    Director Ron Maxwell's "Copperhead," on VOD and in select theaters Friday, is the sixth Civil War-era film to debut in the past 12 months, the most earnest and straightforward in a burgeoning subgenre. Nearly 150 years after the Battle of Gettysburg, The War Between the States remains Hollywood's fa...

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    L.A. Film Fest Review: 'Delivery' Brings Scary and Entertaining New Life to Well-Known Horror Genres

    "Found Footage" is a tired trope, so one hesitates to lump in "Delivery" with the rest of the found footage horror genre because it's not under the guise of amateur "found" footage, it's footage that was specifically created— just for something quite different than what it was intended. "Delivery" m...

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    Review: How Jem Cohen's 'Museum Hours' Blends Fine Art and and Delicate Emotion

    "Museum Hours" effectively applies Jem Cohen's existing strengths to a familiar scenario and rejuvenates it by delivering a powerfully contemplative look at the transformative ability of all art.

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    L.A. Film Fest Review: 'Casting By' Is A Warm Tribute & Thanks To The Often Overlooked Work Of The Casting Director

    Here’s an interesting fact revealed in Tom Donahue’s documentary “Casting By”: casting directors are the only opening single card credit that does not receive its own Academy Award nomination. It’s an interesting fact, but also sort of a depressing one, as this film reveals not just how integral cas...

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    ABFF 2013 Review: 'The Suspect' Explores Race Relations in Unpredictable Thriller

    ABFF 2013 Review: 'The Suspect' Explores Race Relations in Unpredictable Thriller

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    Why 'Redemption' Isn't Your Average Jason Statham Action Movie

    "I'll kill you with this spoon," growls Jason Statham in "Redemption," in one of the few moments that remind us that he's currently the most endearing action star working today. But in this curiously subdued tale of grief and trauma, such a signpost works against the story's tone, perhaps by design....

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    Critical Thinking

    People often ask me what critics I read, if any. Of course, I’m not typical; I don’t consult reviews to help me decide whether or not to see a film. In most cases, I read reviews after I’ve already screened the picture in question.

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    LAFF Review Roundup: James Wan's 'The Conjuring' is Classic Horror (TRAILER)

    "The Conjuring" premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Friday night; early reviews call the latest film from "Saw" and "Insidious"creator James Wan a skilled reworking of the old-fashioned horror genre. Variety writes that "The Conjuring" is Wan's best film. Warner Bros. opens the thriller st...

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    ABFF 2013 Review: Sudz Sutherland's Powerful Deportation/Survival Drama 'Home Again'

    Now screening at the American Black Film Festival in Miami, Home Again follows the loosely intersecting stories of three young people deported “home” to Jamaica after having spent most of their lives growing up in other countries. Directed and produced by the husband-and-wife team of Sudz Suthe...

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    ABFF 2013 Review: Shaka King's Stoner Comedy 'Newlyweeds'

    Newlyweeds, the debut feature of writer-director Shaka King, is many things. It is an intriguing new take on the stoner comedy, the romantic comedy, and one might even say the “black comedy.”

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