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    Under The Radar: Linotype--The Film

    When I read that someone had made a documentary about the Linotype machine, I said “That’s for me.” It’s not that I’m automatically drawn to arcane subjects, but I had the great fortune to work with this mechanical marvel when I was an editor on my college newspaper, an...

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    NOFF Review: Weinstein Oscar-Fodder 'Quartet' Stars Maggie Smith

    Like "The King's Speech," "Quartet" is musty and middlebrow, set in an imagined Britain of high class and low jokes. What it lacks in period pedigree it makes up for in a steady diet of quips from the form's reigning dowager, Maggie Smith. In The Weinstein Company's hands, it will likely earn solid ...

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    'Skyfall' Early Review Round-Up: Mendes, Craig, and Bardem Rise to the Occasion

    Early reviews for Bond 23 are glowing. Directed by Sam Mendes, "Skyfall" features Daniel Craig in his third Bond film and showcases Javier Bardem as the sinister villain and Judi Dench's M. Reviewers report that under Mendes' guidance, this James Bond might be the best of them all...

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    NYFF Review - 'Flight' Has Enough Realism & Spectacle To Satisfy Mainstreamers

    In Flight, Denzel Washington stars as Captain Whip Whitaker, a veteran airline pilot who miraculously crash lands a plane, saving nearly all 102 passengers onboard the flight. Afterward, Whip is hailed as a hero; however, as more is learned about Whip, and the crash landing, more questions than...

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    New Orleans Film Festival Review: Melissa Leo Amazes in 'Francine'

    Strange and unsettling, "Francine" begins as a miniature, a doll's house of life's loose ends. Subtly, though, it blooms. On the strength of Melissa Leo's astounding performance, it pushes outward into a troubled society of haves and have-nots — becoming, quietly but forcefully, one of the best film...

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    'Skyfall' Review: With Mendes at the Helm, Bond 23 is Best-Acted Ever

    The anticipation for "Skyfall" has been intense, combining curiosity as to what cerebral Sam Mendes would make of the franchise, with hope that the new film would erase "Quantum of Solace" from memory and put Daniel Craig’s 007 back on track. Mendes, Craig & Co. had to deliver. And deliver they ...

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    'Flight' Review; Zemeckis, Washington and Cheadle Talk at NYFF Press Conference (VIDEO)

    Denzel Washington waltzed in late to the press conference following the NYFF screening of the Robert Zemeckis-directed "Flight." The audience didn't mind of course, because he's Denzel: His appearance prompted wild applause which immediately drowned out the voice of screenwriter John Gatins.

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    NYFF Review: With 'Flight,' the Festival Caps a Spiritual 50th Year

    The New York Film Festival has chosen to acknowledge the landmark moment of its 50th year with paragons of the medium, none more pronounced than its closing night selection.

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    NYFF Review: 'Camille Rewinds' A Sweet Trifle Of A Time Travel Story

    The very first scene of “Camille Rewinds” features forty-something Camille (writer-director Noemie Lvovsky) lying in bed for a film crew, as she remains still while her throat is cut via movie magic, fake blood spurting from a pump hammered by a crew member. It’s just one of many d...

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    NYFF Review: 'Casting By' A Wonderfully Entertaining Doc Shining A Light On The Art of Casting

    In the early days, actors signed multi-film contracts and became “studio players.” This meant that they were wedded to each production company, assigned to a number of different films each year playing a role probably familiar to their last. Actors were cogs in a machine, and it was rare...

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