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    Why 2013 Was a Banner Year For Documentaries, And 2014 Looks Even Better

    "A banner year for documentary" is what you’re likely to have read in more than a few year-end overviews in recent weeks, and not without reason: 2013 was a great year for documentaries, though also one that drew attention to the ways in which our (mis)use of that word tends to shape and shift our e...

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    Review: Giuseppe Tornatore's Campy & Overcooked 'The Best Offer' Starring Geoffrey Rush & Jim Sturgess

    If director Giuseppe Tornatore has had an up-and-down time of it since his breakthrough, 1988's almost universally adored, Oscar-winning "Cinema Paradiso," it has to be said that his most recent film, "The Best Offer," marks a definite low point, even as one of the downs. But that's probably what's ...

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    Review: James Franco's 'Interior. Leather Bar' Does Justice To His Eclectic Artistic Ambitions

    So let's clear up a few misconceptions about this film—and of course there are misconceptions, it's a James Franco project. Firstly, "Interior. Leather Bar" is not a recreation/reimagining of the "censored," never-shown 40 minutes from William Friedkin's "Cruising," nor even footage inspired by that...

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    Review: Oscar-Shortlisted Documentary 'First Cousin, Once Removed'

    Some docs are journalism. Some are history. Some are entertainment. Very few aspire to poetry -- the Oscar-shortlisted “First Cousin, Once Removed” by Alan Berliner being a notable exception.

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    This Weekend, Don't Miss 'Lone Survivor' in NY and LA, Avoid 'Interior. Leather Bar'

    Amid awards season expansions, relatively light offerings hit major theaters and art houses this weekend, among them "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones," yakuza thriller "Beyond Outrage," "Interior. Leather Bar" and "The Best Offer." But above all, head to select theaters for "Lone Survivor," hel...

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    Review: Takeshi Kitano's 'Beyond Outrage' Blows Up The Standard Gangster Movie Template

    Suckas better recognize, because Takeshi Kitano is back, and he ain’t suffering no fools. “Beyond Outrage” is the most violent and brutal of Kitano’s body of work yet, and considering the writer-director-star is known for his shocking, graphic Yakuza dramas, that’s something worth noting. As back-to...

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    Michael Mann's Essential Debut 'Thief,' New from Criterion, and Other Must-Own Holiday Blu-Rays (TRAILER)

    Among the new year's bonbons being unwrapped from Criterion is a long-awaited gem, one guaranteed to please that movie freak whose holiday gift-buying you've been putting off till the last possible moment: "Thief," Michael Mann's thriller that inaugurated several careers and a flair for visual style...

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    The 'Wolf of Wall Street' Debate in a Single Tweet

    Many great words have been written about Martin Scorsese's epic of debauchery, but it only takes 140 characters to sum them up.

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    'Frozen' Doesn't Treat Its Audience Like Children

    Some critics are concerned the Disney movie may be too sophisticated or unsettling for children. They are wrong.

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    Review: 'Getting On' Season 1 A Perfect Prescription Of Sweet & Sour Laughs

    Whenever a U.K. comedy crosses the pond for an American makeover, the first concern generally tends to be about capturing the spirit and tone of the original. And while I haven't seen the British version of "Getting On," whatever happened in translation didn't seem to dilute a potent blend of sweet ...

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