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    In a Big Year For African American Movies, 'Big Words' Is the Underdog You Should See

    If the marketplace is relatively dense with black cinema, not everything can receive equal scrutiny, so the fairly marginal release on Friday of Neil Drumming's enjoyable character piece "Big Words" positions it as the underdog.

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    Veteran Writers Bring Fresh Perspective With New Site, Critics a Go Go

    Veterans critics are doing their own thing all over the place these days. Last week brought the launch of The Dissolve; now, Peter Keough, of the dearly departed Boston Phoenix, and Henry Sheehan, whose past outlets include the L.A. Reader and the Orange County Register, are trading cross-country po...

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    Tepid Reviews For ‘Tula: The Revolt’ In Dutch Media

    Since its release in the Netherlands a week ago, the feature film ‘Tula: the Revolt’, about a slave uprising on the Dutch colonial island of Curacao in the Caribbean, has garnered mostly lukewarm reviews from Dutch media channels. Two of the nation’s largest newspapers, Telegraaf and Volkskrant, hav...

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    Recap: 'The Newsroom' Season 2 Episode 1, 'The First Thing We Do, Let's Kill All The Lawyers'

    After a rocky first season, both compelling and cringe-worthy in equal doses, and sometimes all at the same time, Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" is back for a second season and it has undergone some significant retooling. The writers' room was given a shakeup, and even as production got underway, Sor...

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    Review: 'Blackfish' Ensures You'll Never Go to SeaWorld Again

    Nobody from SeaWorld agreed to an interview for "Blackfish," Gabriela Cowperthwaite's searing take on the theme park's mistreatment of killer whales and the dozens of deaths that have resulted from it.

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    'The Newsroom' Season 2 Promises Less and Delivers It

    The season-spanning story is designed to seem ambitious, but this Newsroom feels like a scaled-down show; there's less egregious overreach, but nothing's come in to replace it. It’s a tamed beast, no longer the unicorn of absurdity it once was. It's less of a disappointment, but mainly because we kn...

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    Here Are Indiewire's Top 10 Articles of the Week: Indie Breakthroughs, 'Pacific Rim,' Oscar Predictions and More

    Get all caught up with what went down this week on Indiewire by checking out the 10 most popular stories published on Indiewire over the past seven days.

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    Review: 'Exit Elena' A Funny, Uncomfortable Analysis Of Family & Need

    Dysfunctional families are the crème de la crème subject for artists: the potential for laughs and intense drama is too attractive, and anyone who's had a proper childhood should have plenty of real life experiences to mine from. But all this attention given to the rag-tag blood bunches has taken al...

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    Review: Internet Security Documentary 'Terms And Conditions May Apply'

    In director Cullen Hoback’s “Terms And Conditions May Apply,” he seems to be dealing with several issues, some political, some social, none all that clear. Of course, he’s diving into the morass of conflicts between capitalism and politics, an unholy marriage that acts as a cultural ouroborous for a...

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    Hollywood Has Multiple Climax Syndrome

    Summer blockbusters keep getting bigger, but is there a better way?

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