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    Jon Stewart's 'Rosewater' Is a Sharp, Sincere, if Not Exactly Stirring, Debut

    Based on the travails of an imprisoned Iranian journalist (and frequent "Daily Show" guest), Jon Stewart's directing debut is solid enough, but fortunately not good enough to make him quit his day job.

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    Whit Stillman's Romantics in Paris: Amazon Pilot 'The Cosmopolitans'

    The echo of "Metropolitan" runs through more than the title of "The Cosmopolitans," Whit Stillman's just-released Amazon pilot about American ex-pats in Paris.

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    Review: Jon Stewart's 'Rosewater' Is a Heartfelt Celebration of Activism

    "The Daily Show" host pays valiant tribute to one of his guests, but does that mean he's made a great movie?

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    Venice Review: 'The Act Of Killing' Director Joshua Oppenheimer’s ‘The Look of Silence’

    A stretch of placid water in rural Indonesia known as Snake River has been the site for many unspeakably horrible killings. One such brutal butchering was of a young man called Ramli, caught on the wrong side of the country’s 1965 communist purges and messily executed, his remains thrown along with ...

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    Rory Kennedy Doc 'Last Days in Vietnam' Celebrates Heroes (VIDEO)

    "There are a lot of lessons from this film," says Rory Kennedy at the Q & A for "Last Days in Vietnam," "that apply to some of challenges we are facing today. One of the big ones is to have an exit strategy planned out when you go into a war, think that through form the beginning."

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    'Birdman' Debuts at Venice to Rave Reviews: "Savagely Sweet"

    We're off to the races. Venice Film Festival opener "Birdman," from always-compelling Alejandro G. Inarritu, has earned raves from its first set of reviewers. I will participate in the next round, which is Telluride. (We'll know the official line-up Thursday.) The film closes the New York Film Fest...

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    'Birdman': Michael Keaton Is a Washed-Up Star in Gonzalez Inarritu's One-Take Wonder

    Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu goes "Gravity" with a simulated single-take story, and gets the award race off to a running start.

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    Venice Review: Alejandro González Iñárritu’s ‘Birdman’ With Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Ed Norton & More

    Hubristic, humble, heartfelt and hotheaded, “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” is phenomenal. The feverishly anticipated (not least by us) movie from Alejandro González Iñárritu blasted through its Venice premiere (it’s the opening film) in a gonzo rush —it's so exciting, so moment-to...

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    ANIME REVIEW: "Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie"

    The ninth feature, Naruto the Movie: Road to Ninja, which opens in a limited North American theatrical release Friday, is more dynamic and packs more of an emotional punch than the previous films.

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    Book Review: The Art of John Alvin

    The entertainment industry has no shortage of “unsung” heroes—great talents that are not widely known outside of peers and fans. Through this just published coffee table art book, Andrea Alvin is determined to make sure her late husband, artist John Alvin, is properly “sung.”

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