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    Review: Hip-Hop Documentary 'Sample This' Drops The Needle & Finds A Fascinating Beat

    “Sample This” would make a hell of an article. In fact, it did. In 2006, Will Hermes told the story of the story of the oft-forgotten, oft-sampled Incredible Bongo Band in the New York Times. His article, wonderfully titled “All Rise for the National Anthem of Hip-Hop,” began like so: “This is a sto...

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    Review: 'Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight' Floats But Doesn't Quite Sting

    Capturing the magnetic, larger than life personality of Muhammad Ali has been something only a few actors have tried over the years, including Will Smith, Darius McCrary and Terrence Howard. And while the boxing legend and sports world superstar can be imitated, he simply can't be duplicated. So cal...

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    NYFF Review: Ben Stiller's 'The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty' Co-Starring Kristen Wiig

    In a colorless and unremarkable New York apartment, the shy, anonymous Walter Mitty stares at the eHarmony dating page of his co-worker Cheryl (Kristen Wiig). Debating whether or not to make the online first move, Walter eventually daydreams about a spectacular manner in which to impress her. But ba...

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    Review: Ben Stiller's 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' Is Lost In the Sentimental Daydreams Of Its Character

    "Walter Mitty" has the one-note capriciousness of a swooning Mac commercial. It all goes down light and easy, but to what end?

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    NYFF Review: Documentary 'American Promise' A Flawed, Yet Fascinating Look At Coming Of Age

    Raising a child seems to be both an act of love and faith. You provide the absolute best you can for them, and then hope and trust that you've put them on a path that will lead to the kind of rich and fulfilling life you want them to have. But even in a situation where seemingly nothing is left to c...

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    Review: Lesbian Drama 'Concussion' Starring Robin Weigert

    Robin Weigert is an actress of intriguing, indistinct beauty. She could be your teacher, your mother, your librarian or your sister-in-law. It likely makes her the best fit for “Concussion,” an intriguing, vaguely European indie drama. Her Abby is a wife and a mother, as well as an upstanding member...

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    With James Schamus Out At Focus, Are Good Movies In Trouble? Not So Fast

    The Focus conundrum is less of a tragedy for Schamus than an opportunity to consider the larger plane of cinema that never even figured into its legacy.

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    'A Touch of Sin,' 'Burning Bush' and Violent Change

    In Jia Zhang-ke's China and Agniezska Holland's Czechoslovakia, political change comes at a bloody cost.

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