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    NYFF Review: 'Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out' Depicts A Filmmaker In Crisis Mode Overshadowing Her Subject

    In “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired,” filmmaker Marina Zenovich attempted to shine a light on the darker corners of the Polanski rape case that forced him to flee the country. Its affect was considerable in the public perception of his case, to the point where it was soon reopened by investigator...

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    Clint Abides: TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE

    In one of his great essays about baseball, the late A. Bartlett Giamatti famously called the game “our best invention to stay change.” Giamatti (who, besides being president of Yale University, was briefly commissioner of Major League Baseball) added, “I need to think somethin...

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    Looper—movie review

    'Looper' is a rare example of ingenious science-fiction storytelling where the fundamental concepts are so intriguing that their stylish execution feels like gravy.

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    Pitch Perfect—movie review

    It may not break any new ground, but 'Pitch Perfect' provides lively entertainment in the hitherto unexplored world of collegiate a cappella choirs.

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    Critic's Notebook: What Does Iran's Oscar Boycott Mean For the Future of Iranian Cinema?

    After the Iranian film "A Separation" won an Oscar last year, many people eagerly awaited the country's Oscar submission for 2013. But the sudden impact of the anti-Islamic movie "The Innocence of Muslims" ruined everything.

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    Fantastic Fest Review: The Kids Are Alright In Dan Bradley's Sturdy Remake of 'Red Dawn'

    After North Korean forces set foot on American soil in a clandestine invasion, one character utters that “this was bound to happen sooner or later.” He may just as well be referring to the fact that yet another beloved ‘80s title has been tapped for a remake by Hollywood; this t...

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    Weekend Preview: 'Looper' & 'Pitch Perfect' Deliver

    There could be two home runs at the box office this weekend, as both "Looper" and "Pitch Perfect" score highly with critics. "Looper" delivers the sci-fi thrills and "Pitch Perfect" is both ridiculous and thoroughly enjoyable. There's also a handful of doc...

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    Out This Week: From a Basketball Doc to a Medical Exposé, 6 Reviews of New Indie Releases

    This weekly column is intended to provide reviews of nearly every new indie release (and in certain cases studio films). Specific release dates and locations follow each review.

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    Review: Muscular Genre Entry 'Solomon Kane' Unpacks Choice Atmosphere & A Superbly Moody James Purefoy

    It’s frankly absurd that Michael J. Bassett’s “Solomon Kane,” which premiered in U.K. theaters back in February 2010, is only tiptoeing into American theaters two years later. Credit to The Weinstein Company for picking up what is clearly a B genre picture, trading in grime-streaked foggy atmosphere...

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    Review: 'The Other Dream Team' A Riveting, Inspiring Tale Of Sports History & Politics

    With NHL players and NFL referees currently locked out, for people who aren't sports fans to begin with, it's hard to sympathize with players making hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars, in billion dollar industries. For the most part, in our day-to-day lives, sports doesn't ming...

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