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    Review: '12 Years a Slave,' Starring a Brilliant Chiwetel Ejiofor, Is a Slavery Movie For the Ages

    Like countless movies before it, "12 Years a Slave" opens with a title card announcing that its material is based on a true story. However, Steve McQueen's startlingly realized period drama justifies its introductory note with each ensuing scene, recreating the experiences of a free black man kidnap...

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    Review: Juliette Binoche in the Heartbreaking 'Camille Claudel 1915'

    There is not a glimpse of Camille Claudel's graceful, eloquent sculptures in Camille Claudel 1915. But in an especially wrenching scene, as Claudel walks on the grounds of the asylum for mental patients where she will needlessly stay for decades, she picks up a piece of mud, begins to sculpt it...

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    Review: Dislecksia: The Movie

    There is something to be said about a modern society that bafflingly refuses to fully acknowledge an issue that affects its children and in consequence its future labor force. As it is the case in any righteous cause, ignorance is the fiercest enemy, a fact that filmmaker Harvey Hubbell r...

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    FNC '13 Review: Cannes Winner 'La Jaula De Oro' An Authentic & Unflinching Portrait Of Migration

    A young girl walks into a derelict public bathroom marked “Damas” in someone's handwriting. She looks to herself in the mirror for courage and begins to cut her hair, tape over her breasts and put a baseball cap on. A young boy leaves his aluminum shack of a home with nothing but a backpack. He goes...

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    Review: Genre-Bending 'Forgetting The Girl' Falls Prey To Typical Indie Pop Psychology

    The tyranny of genre is the result of movies falling prey to ad blitzes, where modern day audiences have to be inundated by clear, concise premises in order to be convinced that a movie is worth watching. It seems as if films are being crafted specifically not for the audience, but for the bots at N...

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    Bryan Singer Donates $5 Million For USC's Bryan Singer Division of Critical Studies

    Bryan Singer has donated $5 million to USC's Critical Studies division. What course would he teach? The director has one idea.

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    Review: 'Gravity' Is The Next Best Thing To Actually Being There - The Final Frontier

    In 1977, the underbelly of a huge star destroyer engulfed the screen.

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    Review: In Steve McQueen's '12 Years A Slave' Black Pain Is Hard, Torturous & Visceral

    Review: In Steve McQueen's '12 Years A Slave' Black Pain Is Hard, Torturous & Visceral

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    ANIME REVIEW: "Colorful"

    At a time when sometimes heated discussions rage over the sameness in tone, content and look in American CG features, Colorful serves as a welcome reminder that animation has a unique power to touch deeply felt emotions and tackle serious social problems.

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    Review: Robert Redford's Strangest Role Of His Career, In J.C. Chandor's 'All Is Lost,' Might Be His Best

    Redford's performance defines the movie to an almost shockingly experimental degree.

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