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    Kill Your Darlings

    Director Krokidas and his production team effectively evoke the look and feel of New York City.

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    Review: Steve McQueen's '12 Years A Slave' Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender & More

    Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” instantly establishes itself as the most unflinching of all slave dramas, which is to say, there is plenty of flinching, not to mention cowering and recoiling and passing out, thanks to beatings and whippings that arrive at roughly 10-to-15-minute intervals through...

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    Review: Diablo Cody's Insipid & Cloying Directorial Debut 'Paradise'

    ​The prestigious fall film festival, in which anyone who remotely mattered in cinema (or Hollywood), trotted about their latest vehicle. But one name, an Academy Award-winner with a brand spanking new movie, was conspicuously absent. While plenty of unknowns, first-timers and even actors-turned-dire...

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    Why I'm a (James) Franco-phile

    Sure, he's a pretentious dilettante. But the world is a more interesting place with James Franco, Multimedia Spectacular, in it.

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    Review: Is 'Kill Your Darlings' the Best Performance of Daniel Radcliffe's Post-'Potter' Career?

    It's the very idea of the British, typically genial Radcliffe embodying the brooding Ginsberg that stands out as a kind of dreamlike oddity, primarily because the actor is actually pretty good at it.

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    This Weekend: See '12 Years a Slave' and 'All Is Lost'; Plus, 'Carrie' and Cumberbatch as Assange Hit Theaters

    Oscar season is hitting theaters in waves this year. The must-see title of the weekend is Steve McQueen's highly praised Best Picture frontrunner "12 Years a Slave," starring Chiwetel Ejiofor as real-life historical figure Solomon Northup, a free black man kidnapped into slavery before the Civil War...

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    Review: 'American Promise' Presents A Generally Unbiased, Panoramic View Of A Complex Issue

    Winner of the US Documentary Special Jury Award at Sundance, American Promise is a deeply personal examination of the American education system, focusing specifically on how it affects young black boys. Directors Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson embarked upon a twelve year journey in making the f...

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    Running With the Pack

    'The Dog' and 'Fifi Howls From Happiness' present portraits of very different gay lives.

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    Review: 'Carrie' Starring Chloe Grace Moretz & Julianne Moore

    It's easy to see why director Kimberly Peirce ("Boys Don't Cry") was intrigued by the prospect tackling Stephen King's "Carrie." The material takes two key rites of passage for young women -- their first period, and their high school prom -- and blends it with oppressive religious fundamentalism and...

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    NOFF Review: Naomie Harris' Breakout Performance Can't Save Staid, Reverent 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom' (TRAILER)

    "You alone are small," a Xhosa elder tells Nelson Mandela and his contemporaries during a rite of passage marking the transition from adolescence to manhood. "Together, your people are big." A wise sentiment, and perhaps a cautionary one: "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" is a lesson in the cinematic ...

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