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    Amid Racist Reactions to New Miss America, PBS Doc ‘The World Before Her’ Examines Pageants and Politics in India (TRAILER)

    Last night, when Nina Davuluri became the first Indian-American to be crowned Miss America, Twitter erupted in hateful commentary. Hideous monikers -- “Miss Arab,” “Miss Al-Qaeda,” “Miss 7-11” -- and ugly rhetoric proliferated. “This is America,” some wrote, as if by way of explanation. But in Nisha...

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    What The Experimental Films at TIFF Tell Us About the Future of Film

    Wavelengths, the expanding home for experimental film at the Toronto International Film Festival, is not just a sampling of new films. It's an attempt to take the temperature, on the extremes, of cinema -- or moving pictures, as we should call them.

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    Recap: ‘Boardwalk Empire,’ Season 4, Episode 2, ‘Resignation’

    The point has been made, “Boardwalk Empire” can be a deliberately paced show, but on tonight's episode “Resignation,” it appears at least one of the fourth season’s key elements is in place. That would be Dr. Valentin Narcisse (Jeffrey Wright), the brewing antagonist, whose striking demeanor and dec...

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    Now That 'Life of Crime' Has Closed TIFF, Let's Look Back at the Best and Worst of Elmore Leonard Adaptions

    Last month we lost the greatest crime writer of our generation, arguably of all time, the brilliant and irreplaceable Elmore Leonard, known as ‘Dutch’ to his friends. A master of the genre, Dutch published almost 50 novels and about as many short stories during his 87 years. His novels have become s...

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    A Civil Rights Professor Reviews 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'

    We asked a leading scholar of the civil rights movement, Dr. Peniel E. Joseph, to see the movie and share his thoughts.

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    Recap: Harrowing 'Breaking Bad' Season 5, Episode 14 'Ozymandias'

    "My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!" goes the poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley, and not only does it serve as the title of this week's episode, it also was the foundation of one of the more tantalizing teasers that was released before the start of the final s...

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    Memo to Distributors: Buy These 2013 Toronto International Film Festival Titles

    Here's a look at 10 movies from TIFF 2013 that have yet to find a buyer but most certainly deserve the opportunity to find bigger audiences.

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    'Breaking Bad' Watch: 'Ozymandias'

    Walter White survives the desert shootout, but the man he was is dead.

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    Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal In Surprising 'Prisoners'

    Denis Villeneuve's Prisoners sounds cookie-cutter conventional, and in fact there is nothing fresh in the concept: two little girls are abducted, and the father of one of them goes after a suspect the police have released. The clock is ticking ... and other cliches we've heard way too many times...

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    New And Notable Film Books

    Roman Polanski once said, “You have to show violence the way it is. If you don’t show it realistically, that’s immoral and harmful."

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