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    Review: 'Copperhead' Is A Slow-Moving, Predictable, But Worthy Civil War Drama

    A Civil War movie without a battle scene is like…wait, what? A Civil War movie without a battle scene?! That is “Copperhead,” a sincere, slow-moving, occasionally successful film devoted to one specific homefront story. That, in itself, is noteworthy. After all, as many of the characters in Ron Maxw...

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    Review: 'Blackfish' Is A Heartbreaking & Effectively Damning Indictment Of SeaWorld

    “Blackfish” will ruin your memories of childhood. Never again will you look back fondly on traveling to SeaWorld and watching the Shamu show, jealous of the kids in the splash zone. After watching the documentary you’ll more likely go down the black hole of the internet, reading the Outside Magazine...

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    Review: 'Girl Most Likely' Starring Kristen Wiig, Darren Criss, Annette Bening & Matt Dillon

    In 2011's "Bridesmaids," former 'SNL' star Kristen Wiig crafted the perfect vehicle for her comedic talents. The screenplay (which she co-wrote with fellow Groundling Annie Mumolo) allowed the comedienne to display her comedy chops and also flex some previously unseen dramatic muscles. Her character...

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    TV Is the New Cinema: But It's Still Waiting for Its Close-Up

    A highly readable new book promises to anatomize the shifts in entertainment technology and in the culture in the cable era that gave rise to the 21st Century's most lionized form of "art television": the 12-episode, novelistically textured premium cable serial. Brett Martin's "Difficult Men: Behind...

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    How Trayvon Martin's Death Highlights the Flaws in 'Fruitvale Station'

    Even before the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case came down, critics were drawing parallels between Martin, who was shot dead by Florida neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, and Oscar Grant, who on New Year's Day, 2009 was shot dead by a Bay Area transit officer while he was lying face down on a...

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    'Let Them Wear Towels'

    Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg's Let Them Wear Towels, a documentary about the first women allowed into the locker rooms of pro sports teams.

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    Review: 'Big Words' Is A Well-Acted & Engaging Feature Debut By Neil Drumming (Opens Friday)

    Premiering at Slamdance 2013 in January, Neil Drumming’s feature film debut Big Words has been one of our most anticipated black indie films of the year, and that anticipation is well deserved.

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    Lianne Spiderbaby Plagiarism Inspires Anger, Sorrow

    The latest film writer to be caught stealing others' work is Liane "Spiderbaby" MacDougall, or, as mainstream news outlets have taken to calling her, "Quentin Tarantino's girlfriend." The news started to circulate over the weekend that MacDougall had lifted from several writers in pieces on her own ...

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    Orson Welles Hates 'Vertigo,' Calls 'Citizen Kane' A Comedy And More From 'My Lunches With Orson'

    The rise and fall of Orson Welles' filmmaking career has grown legendary over the years, its tragedies epitomized by the transition of the once-striking young prodigy's into a beefy Falstaffian grump in his later years.

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    Review: Is the Hilarious 'Computer Chess' A Change of Pace For Andrew Bujalski?

    There is an immediate sense of change afoot in "Computer Chess," Andrew Bujalski's fourth feature as writer-director, visible to anyone familiar with his previous work.

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