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    NYFF Review: Agnieszka Holland's 3-Part HBO Mini-Series 'Burning Bush'

    Political thriller, procedural, emotional drama and rousing cry for basic human rights and values, “Burning Bush” is a deep investigative look at gross abuses of power in late ‘60s communist Czechoslovakia and those that fought against it. A three-part miniseries for HBO Europe (no word yet on a U.S...

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    Review: Juliette Binoche Delivers Commanding Performance In Bruno Dumont's Powerful Crisis of Faith Drama 'Camille Claudel 1915'

    As its name implies, Bruno Dumont's "Camille Claudel 1915" captures a moment in time for the woman in question with tremendous precision. In a incredibly contained performance that ranks among the best of her career, Juliette Binoche portrays a woman trapped by mental and physical constraints alike....

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    With Woody Allen's 'Blue Jasmine' Release Canceled, Indian Audiences Are Fed Up With Movie Theater Rules

    For Indian cinephiles, dreams of seeing Woody Allen's latest acclaimed feature have gone up in smoke. And that's not the only problem.

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    Is There a Link Between U.S. And Korean Cinema? The Busan International Film Festival Provides An Answer

    "Drama" today seems to be as dirty a word in Korea as in the halls of any Hollywood studio.

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    Review: 'Toy Story Of Terror!' Is A Hauntingly Great Halloween Special

    When development began on what would eventually become "Toy Story," back in the early '90s, the project was not envisioned as the first-ever fully computer-generated animated feature. No, back then Disney and Pixar's goal was more modest: it would be a television special, timed to Christmas and base...

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    David Thomson Recalls Fun 'Moments That Made the Movies'

    The New Republic critic David Thomson has written more than 20 movie books, among them must-owns such as "The New Biographical Dictionary of Film" and "'Have You Seen...?': A Personal Introduction to 1000 Films." The Brit transplant's long experience with writing accessible, entertaining, idiosyncra...

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    'Walking Dead' Watch: "30 Days Without an Accident"

    The show's fourth-season premiere introduces a new threat, but leaves its audience feeling far too safe.

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    Top Films to Watch For From the 51st New York Film Festival

    The New York Film Festival, which ends today, was an especially rich edition. Almost every film, in the main slate and the sidebars, was tempting. And while the festival was heavy with mainstream directors, the choices were anything but kneejerk. Some of the most familiar names took exhilarating...

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    Review: Why Spike Jonze's Weird And Wonderful Technological Romance 'Her' Is One of the Best Studio Movies of the Year

    The only truly predictable aspect of Spike Jonze's "Her" is that it features a bizarre premise: In a very near future, recently divorced L.A. writer Theordor Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) downloads a new operating system for his computer with the ability to think (delicately voiced by Scarlett Johansson...

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    NYFF Review: Spike Jonze's 'Her' Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams & Rooney Mara

    Is social media anti-social? Has the information age divided us as much as it has been meant to unite? Is peer-to-peer simply an ironic term or are inter-personal, face-time relationships ripe for redefinition? While these are not the primary concerns of Spike Jonze’s lovely and perceptive relations...

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