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    Review: ‘Narco Cultura’ Is A Disturbing Look At The Mexican War On Drugs & The Idolatry Within

    Since 2006, when the War on Drugs was officially declared in Mexico—a joint operation by Federal Police and the Mexican military known as Operation Michoacan—approximately 60,000 known murders have been recorded. At the epicenter of the major narcotics trafficking and drug cartels that ravage Mexico...

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    Review: Lovely And Deceptively Complex 'Philomena' Starring Judi Dench & Steve Coogan

    The term "Oscar bait" is one that, unfortunately, gets bandied about a lot this time of year. At worst, it's used to refer to every faintly serious-minded film released between July and December. At best, it describes a very particular kind of middlebrow drama that seems to have been created from th...

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    Five Films to See This Weekend: 'Hunger Games,' Dench Oscar Bid 'Philomena,' Drug War Doc 'Narco Cultura' & More

    Something for everyone this weekend. While most audiences will surely flock to the new "Hunger Games" film, Oscar hopeful "Philomena" arrives in select cities after its sweep through the festival circuit, and the new Vince Vaughn vehicle "Delivery Man" gets a wide release. Doc lovers, head to "Narco...

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    Recap: Things Slow Down A Bit For 'American Horror Story: Coven' Episode 7, 'The Dead'

    Over the past few weeks, "American Horror Story: Coven" has piled on the craziness, to the point that the show occasionally felt overwhelming, like a giant toppling tower of racist, flesh-eating zombies that are also possessed and on fire. Mercifully, this week's episode, "The Dead," written by co-c...

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    One Child Star’s Amazing Journey

    We’ve all read about the challenges that child stars face as they grow up, but Diana Serra Cary’s story is different for a number of reasons.

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    Review: Groundbreaking Perspective of Syrian Civil War Reveals Dire Situation In IDFA Opener 'Return to Homs'

    Talal Derki's "Return to Homs," which opened the 25th edition of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam on Wednesday, is something of a revelation: It portrays the Syrian struggle from the inside.

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    DOC NYC Review: 'American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs'

    DOC NYC Review: 'American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs'

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    In the Future We Will Have Less of Everything: On HOW I LIVE NOW and Its Predecessors

    Has there ever been a film about the future that advocated in favor of progress, rather than against it? "How I Live Now," in its own quiet way, works beautifully and admirably against this trend, pervasive as its gloom might be, in suggesting that the sanctity of human relationships can create a ba...

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    Review: Michel Gondry’s Noam Chomsky Documentary ‘Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?’

    Twice in 2010, director Michel Gondry met with Noam Chomsky for a series of conversations about the philosopher, linguist, and author’s childhood in Philadelphia and his theory of generative grammar. The film that resulted, “Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?,” gives no reason beyond curiosity for this c...

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