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    REVIEW: The Trials of (Not) Making a Movie in THIS IS NOT A FILM

    In the past two years, the Iranian government has moved from merely banning films (most of which were allowed to be released internationally) to arresting actors and filmmakers. Jafar Panahi is the highest-profile director to suffer such treatment. In 2010, his request to travel to the Berlin F...

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    Why Masterpiece Classic's 'Downton Abbey' Season 2 Was Such a Smash

    A few months ago, who would have bet that 5.4 million people would watch the two-hour finale of the second season of Masterpiece Classic’s “Downton Abbey?”

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    Book Review: 'Tales From Development Hell' An Uneven Look Behind The Curtain At Getting A Film Made

    Hollywood churns out roughly 400 movies per year, which is already a mind boggling figure, but becomes even more impressive when you think about the many hoops that need to jumped through just get a camera rolling. The vagaries of financing, locking down a cast, getting a script approved, protecting...

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    Review: 'No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos' An Inspiring & Moving Story About Friendship & Cinema

    Generally speaking, stories about Hollywood personalities tend to focus on players with larger than life egos, who used their bravado to make things happen. Or the tales center on the stars who luminous quailty made them legends. There is nothing that makes for a page-turning read or compelling docu...

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    Now and Then: Gay Biopics 'J. Edgar' and 'Milk' Reveal How History Is Made

    "We must never forget our history," growls aging anti-Communist lion J. Edgar Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio) near the end of "J. Edgar." "We must never lower our guard." Here, Janus-like in their fusion and opposition, lay the film's two faces: To narrate the past and hopefully to redeem it.

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    'The Walking Dead,' Episode 3 Review: What About the Women?

    “The Walking Dead” made an attitude adjustment this week. The episode, written by Scott M. Gimple & Glenn Mazzara and directed quite beautifully by Ernest R. Dickerson, was all about Shane and Rick together.

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    Review: Tyler Rides, Dances To 2Pac & Brawls But Still Fails To Convince He's "Good" Enough For The Job!

    Tyler Perry’s new film Good Deeds opened in theaters yesterday; it stars Perry in the lead role with Thandie Newton, Brian White, Gabrielle Union and Phylicia Rashad. I caught one of the earlier showings here in Chicago, but before I get into my critique of the film, I supposed a brief summar...

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    Review: 'Exhausted' Is Spiritually Draining Shock Cinema

    Even in this day and age where DVD has brought so much to your doorstep, when countless streaming services allow you to screen the most challenging fare, one cannot neglect the feeling of sitting in a theater with others and sharing a communal shock. New York City is where you'd go to see an exp...

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    Review: 'Gone' Starring Amanda Seyfried Is A Zero Sum Detective Story Meets Empty Lifetime Movie Slasher

    It’s weirdly fitting that "Gone" is just as tonally confused as its lead protagonist -- the creators of the new Amanda Seyfried vehicle have made a slasher film for the Lifetime movie set. Director Heitor Dhalia tellingly concludes the film’s opening scene, with Seyfried, ...

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    Scorsese's List of 85 Films You Must See

    During an interview, off the top of his head Martin Scorsese gave writer Rick Tetzeli a list of 85 must-see films that influenced him. Of course as an NYU Cinema Studies graduate and so-called film expert, I had to check my mettle against Scorsese.

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