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    Meet the 2012 Sundance Filmmakers #27: David France, 'How To Survive A Plague'

    David France, a contributing editor to New York magazine, has had three of his published pieces of work (they've appeared everywhere from GQ and Vanity to Rolling Stone and Glamour, where he served as national affairs editor) turned into films for Showtime Network ("Thanks for a Grateful Na...

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    Now and Then: In 'Contagion' and 'Children of Men,' Disaster Runs Cold and Hot

    The opening minutes of "Contagion" are all surface, literally. A bowl of peanuts on the bartop, a swiped credit card, an elevator button, the human hand: each is a vector of death itself, a pandemic already in motion. With the rasp of a cough, a title card tells us we're in "Day 2." It's terrifying....

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    Soderbergh's 'Haywire' is Kick-Ass: Trailers and Early Reviews UPDATED

    I finally saw Steven Soderbergh's "Haywire" (January 20) at Relativity Media's Hollywood premiere at the DGA Thursday night. In his intro, Soderbergh said, "I happened upon Gina Carano beating a woman up in a cage." The way to make it even better? Have her beat the crap ...

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    5 Must-See Films From MoMI's First Look Showcase

    New Yorkers either uninterested or unable to attend Sundance this year have a fresh cinephile-friendly alternative to the industry-fueled buzz machine right in town at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens.

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    Critical Consensus: Kent Jones and Jonathan Rosenbaum Discuss Robert Bresson and Jean-Luc Godard

    There's no easy way to have a short conversation about Robert Bresson without shortchanging a career spanning 13 films and widely considered paramount to 20th-century film history.

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    Review: Go And Say Ten Hail Marys Instead Of Bothering With 'The Devil Inside'

    In theory, the fundamental effectiveness of horror should spring from a willful dissonance between a sense of normalcy and the discord of the story’s events…but what happens when that sense of discord itself becomes all too familiar? Among the many problems of "The Devil Inside&quo...

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    Pariah—movie review

    Although its title may be off-putting to some people, the main character in 'Pariah'—as played by glowing newcomer Adepero Oduye—is so emotionally open and real that you can’t help responding to her. First-time feature filmmaker Dee Rees has crafted a movie that is consistently riveting because it i...

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    Review: 'Norwegian Wood' Is Depressingly Beautiful...Or Beautifully Depressing

    The most depressing day of 2012 is supposed to be January 16, taking into account things like gloomy weather, fading Christmas joy and general Monday malaise. However, what hasn't been considered in that theory is that Tran Ang Hung's "Norwegian Wood" actually comes out a full 10 d...

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    Pretty but Superficial "Norwegian Wood" Shows the Challenge of Adapting Murakami

    Adapting a novel steeped in sensory experiences requires transporting them into an entirely different medium. Within the first 15 pages of Haruki Murakami's soulful 1987 romance "Norwegian Wood," the Japanese novelist drifts effortlessly between a pair of time periods separated by two ...

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    Review: 'Louder Than A Bomb' An Entertaining, Soulful Look At The High School Slam Poetry Scene

    Slam poetry. It can be a misunderstood art form, exalted in places like Def Poetry Jam, or snubbed as a silly high school phase. But what Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel's documentary "Louder Than A Bomb" does so well, is point out how something like slam poetry can offer an outlet, and a w...

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