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    NYFF Review: 'Casting By' A Wonderfully Entertaining Doc Shining A Light On The Art of Casting

    In the early days, actors signed multi-film contracts and became “studio players.” This meant that they were wedded to each production company, assigned to a number of different films each year playing a role probably familiar to their last. Actors were cogs in a machine, and it was rare...

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    Review: Sam Mendes' 007 Film 'Skyfall' Sees James Bond Back To His Best

    Christopher Nolan is, famously (like many British directors), a big fan of the James Bond franchise. He said that he approached "Batman Begins" more like a Bond flick than a superhero movie, he directly nodded to one of 007's high watermarks in "Inception," and has publicly expressed interest in, at...

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    NYFF Review: Joachim LaFosse's 'Our Children' Staring Tahar Rahim Is Unbelievably Grim In Both Content And Form

    Some movies you don't exit, you escape. You crawl out from underneath them, they're so heavy and oppressive and immovably huge. "Our Children" is one such weighty mass. But instead of being a transformative, ultimately life-affirming experience, the way similarly bleak "Amour" and "Rust & Bone" are,...

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    Introducing Criticwire 2.0: The Network for Film Critics and the Readers Who Love Them

    Earlier this year, we unveiled the Criticwire blog to combat the notion that great film criticism has fallen into decline. Editor Matt Singer rounded up new reviews of films released on VOD, theaters and at festivals, engaged with thinkpieces and discovered fresh approaches to the craft. Now we're r...

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    Out This Week: From 'Argo' to 'Psychopaths,' 8 Reviews of New Releases

    This weekly column is intended to provide reviews of nearly every new indie release (and occasionally some studio films). Specific release dates and locations follow each review. In some cases, links to longer reviews are provided at the end of the capsule.

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    Review: B-Movie Thrills Abound In 'The Thieves'

    There’s not a single moment of Choi Dong-hoon’s “The Thieves” that stays still. Endlessly busy despite a robust 136-minute runtime, Korea’s highest grossing film in history should be more than familiar to western audiences. It’s a heist picture, one with a wide ensemble of moving parts which complim...

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    Review: 'Hotel Noir' Is An Earnest Stylistic Exercise That Only Occasionally Slips Too Far Into Pastiche

    Any kind of hardboiled film noir confection, released in 2012 with a straight face, is going to be something of a put on. Especially if its filmed digitally, which robs black-and-white (the favored presentation of film noir) of its velveteen lushness, instead replacing it with a flat, artificial haz...

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    Weekend Preview: Affleck's Crowd-Pleasing 'Argo,' A Breath of Fresh Air in the 'Middle of Nowhere'

    Ben Affleck's "Argo" leads the pack of new movies out this weekend. The crowd-pleaser, which premiered at Telluride, will please fans of Affleck's "The Town" -- but some of us are left wanting more. Martin McDonagh's "Seven Psychopaths" and Ava DuVernay's "Middle of Nowhere" boast enthusiastic revie...

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    Argo—movie review

    'Argo' is one terrific movie, the best I’ve seen all year. The fact that it’s an original (and difficult to encapsulate) may make it a tough sell, but I hope good reviews and word of mouth will bring it the success it deserves.

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    Seven Psychopaths—movie review

    Because I’m fond of writer-director Martin McDonagh’s debut feature 'In Bruges', I was eager to see his follow-up, especially when I saw the dream cast of oddballs and originals he assembled, led by Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, and Woody Harrelson—not to mention such iconoclasts ...

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