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    Fantastic Fest Review: With ‘Frankenweenie,' Tim Burton Revives Pet Project, Returns to Form

    "Frankenweenie" is probably Tim Burton’s best film in almost a decade, but that’s not much of a compliment. With his last five films, the filmmaker responsible for some of the most fun, mischievous and magical cinema of the past 25 years has settled into a disappointing routine of utterly safe “w...

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    Fantastic Fest Review: 'Frankenweenie' Is an Old-School Gothic Treat From Tim Burton

    While nearly 30 years have passed since the original stop-motion animated "Frankenweenie" short that presaged Tim Burton's commercial success, the director's faithful feature-length adaptation retains so much of the original's old-school appeal that it could have been made in the same nascent period...

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    Fantastic Fest Review: Tim Burton's 'Frankenweenie' Is A Rousing Return To Form

    For the last decade or so, visionary filmmaker Tim Burton, once known for original concoctions like "Edward Scissorhands," has gotten very good at taking studio assignments for pre-existing properties that seem to roughly fit within his wheelhouse ("Planet of the Apes," "Cha...

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    Review: '17 Girls' Neglects Thematic Weight In Favor Of True Story Melodramatics

    In film, there is a natural hostility towards youth. Part of this comes from the obvious fact that most cinematic stories are reflected through the eyes of an adult storyteller. Or Michael Bay. But this also comes from the fact that cinema has it’s own limitations as to what it can capture, and deve...

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    IFC Films Lands Baumbach's Black-and-White Gerwig Vehicle 'Frances Ha'

    IFC Films is acquiring all North and Latin American rights to Noah Baumbach’s "Frances Ha," which the filmmaker co-wrote with his star and muse, Mumblecore darling Greta Gerwig. She has received glowing reviews for the film, which debuted at Telluride followed by Toronto and now, New York. Mickey Su...

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    DVD Review - 'Nollywood Babylon' Chronicling The Jaunty World Of Nigerian Cinema (Watch Now)

    Bollywood meets Nollywood.

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    DVD Review - Cinéma Vérité Feature Doc 'Crude' (Oh Yes, There Will Be Blood)

    It's the familiar David Vs Goliath story - one we've seen played out in our media on many an occasion. And being the bleeding-heart Marxist that I am, it should be no surprise that I'm almost always going to side with the "David."

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    Review: 'I'm Carolyn Parker' Tells The Story Of Post-Katrina New Orleans Through The Eyes Of One Resilient Woman

    It has been seven years since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, and the impact is still being felt both locally and nationally. The event is still a touchstone for conversations about race, class and government, one that usually pits the haves against the have nots. But in truth, the story o...

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    How 'Dredd 3D' Represents the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Modern Action Movies

    "Dredd 3D" may present a dreary vision of the future, but it offers a promising encapsulation of the modern action movie.

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    Review - Steve James' 'Head Games' Is A Cautionary Tale For Athletes

    After directing 2 of the most reverred documentaries made in the last 20 years (you'll likely find both of them on many lists of top documentaries of all time - 1994's Hoop Dreams and 2011's The Interrupters), director Steve James tackles what he refers to as the "concussion cr...

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