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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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    'Scott Joplin' The Movie (How Not To Make A Film About A Black Composer)

    With all our recent articles of late regarding films about black classical composers such as Julius Eastman (HERE) and George Bridgetower (HERE), it immediately got me thinking about that Scott Joplin film starring Bille Dee Williams with Margaret Avery, Clifton Davis and Art Carney.

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    RIP Film Critic Elliott Stein

    When I worked at my first journalism gig as associate editor at Film Comment Magazine back in the 80s, Elliott Stein was one of my favorite regular contributors. He was erudite about world cinema, an omnivorous global cinephile and historian who knew more about Asian cinema than anyone I knew.

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