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    Now and Then: 'Lincoln,' the Movies, and Historical Accuracy

    "Lincoln" is no dour disquisition, no romance of an imagined past, but a heroic, even thrilling drama of compromise and chicanery in the midst of the Civil War. Indeed, it resolves one of the medium's oldest conundrums: "Lincoln" is that rare thing, good history and great cinema at once.

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    Why 'Adventure Time,' Now In Its Fifth Season, Is More Groundbreaking Than You May Realize

    While the vast enthusiasm for shows like "Breaking Bad" and "Mad Men" have lead the argument that television has entered a golden age of mature storytelling, animation has always thrived in the format with broad appeal indicative of different expectations that liberate the form. ...

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    Experimentation In Arab Cinema From The 1960s To Now: Intimate, Inquisitive, Informative 'Fidai' (Algeria)

    Currently running at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) here in NYC is a three-part film exhibition titled Mapping Subjectivity: Experimentation in Arab Cinema from the 1960s to Now, which aims to highlight a largely unknown heritage of experimental cinema from the Arab world.

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    Rome Film Festival Review: Is Larry Clark's 'Marfa Girl,' Available Soon Online, A Return to Form? Not Quite.

    In his view of teenage life, the 69-year-old director seems stuck going around the same skate park.

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    Doc NYC Review: Jared Leto's 'Artifact' Is A Compelling Portrait Of A Music Industry Under Water

    It's sort of hard to sympathize with one of the world's most handsome actors, who regularly moonlights as a Goth prince rock star, even when his spiteful record label decides to sue him and his band for the whopping sum of $30 million. This is the fate that befell Jared Leto and his shockingly popul...

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    Review: 'Coldplay Live 2012' Endearingly Captures The Energy Of The World's Biggest Band

    If there's a way you can be the world's biggest pop band and still be underrated, well, Coldplay have figured out how. Their five albums, which always manage to be solidly artistic and hugely accessible, have sold tens of millions of copies, no small feat in the age of the crumbling music industry, ...

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    Doc NYC Review: 'My Amityville Horror' Is A Disturbing Mixture Of The Paranormal And The Psychological

    In 1975, George and Kathy Lutz (along with Kathy's three children from a previous marriage), moved into a huge house in Amityville, a tony Long Island suburb. In less than a month, the family would abandon their possessions and leave the house, later claiming it had been the source of a number of su...

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    Rome Film Festival Review: Paul Verhoeven's Crowdsourced Television Drama 'Tricked' Is An Amusing 'Basic Instinct' Throwback

    The genesis of "Tricked" sounds like something Lars Von Trier might have dreamed up as part of "The Five Obstructions."

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    Rome Film Festival Review: Why the Funny and Familiar 'Populaire' Panders to U.S. Audiences

    "Populaire" is a romantic farce made in France, but it unashamedly has one eye on American audiences. Even the token North American cast member Shaun Benson can't help but comment as the action moves from Paris to New York that it's "America for business and France for love."

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    AFI Fest Review: Kim Nguyen's 'War Witch' a Haunting, Brutal Surrealist Fable Matched by Powerful Lead Performances

    Before any political or societal context enters the brutal cinematic depictions seen in “Come and See” and “City of God,” each effort can first speak clearly enough from the image of a child holding a firearm. Gawky, nervous, and with an expression of terrified power, the iso...

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