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    DVD Review: 'Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick' on the Life of William Wellman a Welcome Bio-Doc (CLIPS)

    Kino Lorber’s upcoming DVD release of “Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick” about the life of director William Wellman, is welcome for a couple of reasons. One: In the Great Filmography of American cinema, Wellman, much like Howard Hawks, is a bit like Zelig. He’s everywhere. He made perhaps THE archetypa...

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    Why 'Mud' Is the Best Southern Film in Years

    With grosses approaching $20 million and still going strong, the breakout box-office success of Jeff Nichols' "Mud" seems to have surprised many people. But reading The Wrap's report that the film "has played very strongly in the South" surprised me not at all, because "Mud" is the best Southern fil...

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  • The Playlist
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    Review & Recap: 'Game Of Thrones' Season 3 Episode 10, 'Mhysa' Draws Things To A Close (For Now)

    Well, after last week's horrible trauma, which I'm not sure everyone has gotten over, "Game of Thrones" returns with a final episode of the third season, "Mhysa," that lets us lick our wounds and offers some uplifting moments to temper all that violence and nihilism (don't worry, there's still plent...

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    Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer Premieres Tonight on HBO

    If one had any doubts about the vibrancy of international feminism today, one need only watch the new documentary Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer which premieres tonight on HBO to have those doubts fully allayed. The film tells the story of three young women Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (Nadia) Maria Alyokhina...

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    With 'Monsters University,' Has Pixar Lost Its Street Cred?

    Once upon a time, in a land that now looks so magical it could have been dreamed up, Pixar carried the virtues of an independent studio that delivered brainy alternatives to simplistic studio-produced animation. "Monsters University" is the latest example that things have changed.

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    Here Are Indiewire's Top 10 Articles of the Week: 2012's Best On Netflix, WGA's Top Shows of All Time, 'Hannibal' and More

    It was a week low on film news and heavy on television as the independent film world largely seemed to take a break for recoupment following last week's closing of the Cannes Film Festival. The Writer's Guild of America announced their choices for the 101 best written television shows of all time, w...

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Wish You Were Here' Starring Joel Edgerton & Teresa Palmer

    Although its title implies either a whimsical journey of self-discovery or an ironic riposte to the vacation from hell, the story of “Wish You Were Here” is, in either context, a disappointingly pedestrian experience. The story of a husband and father trying to return to his normal life after a vaca...

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    Much Ado About Nothing

    As if there weren’t enough to admire about Joss Whedon already, he’s decided to follow up the ultimate comic book superhero movie ("The Avengers") with a lively, original reimagining of William Shakespeare’s "Much Ado About Nothing."

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    Don't Miss Feminist Music Doc '20 Feet from Stardom'

    The irresistible, affecting, crowd-pleasing "20 Feet from Stardom," about largely anonymous and prodigiously talented backup singers, premiered at Sundance in January, where it was nominated for both the Grand Jury Prize in documentary and the editing award, and was acquired by Weinstein Co. boutiqu...

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    'Precious' Author Geoffrey Fletcher Talks Eccentric Girl-Assassin Debut 'Violet & Daisy,' Starring Ronan and Bledel

    “Precious: Based on the Novel PUSH by Sapphire” was Geoffrey Fletcher’s first professionally produced script. “The irony,” he said back in 2009, “is that I feel like I’m a veteran at the same time.” After all, he was directing homemade, stop-motion thrillers -- starring his toys -- when he was 14. A...

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