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    My Kind Of Jazz

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    Small Screens | Richard Press Talks "Bill Cunningham New York," Our DVD Pick of the Week

    Richard Press' portrait of the massively influential New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham, "Bill Cunningham New York," hits DVD today after breaking box office records at New York's Film Forum when it opened back in March.

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    TORONTO REVIEW | Horror-Comedy "You're Next" Delivers Derivative, Gory Fun

    "You're Next" doesn't break new ground in the horror genre, but it sticks to rules that work. Director Adam Wingard ("A Horrible Way to Die") and screenwriter Simon Barrett ("Dead Birds") demonstrate a firm grasp on their material, delivering a tightly-wound survival story replete with disarming hum...

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    TORONTO REVIEW | Whit Stillman Returns At Last With Amusing But Tame "Damsels in Distress"

    Writer-director Whit Stillman's insightful 1990 debut, "Metropolitan," was a smartly envisioned fantasy about the end of the debutante era. "Damsels in Distress," his first feature in over a dozen years, also works as a fantasy, but a far less purposeful one. Stillman's lengthy filmmaking absence pu...

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    TORONTO REVIEW | Post-"Humpday" Success, "Your Sister's Sister" Finds Lynn Shelton In Quieter Turf

    Two years ago, Lynn Shelton's "Humpday" made waves for its impressive combination of improvised dialogue and keen insight into human relationships, a tricky balance achieved while also seamlessly drifting between comedy and drama. Her follow-up doesn't expand her range but applies it differently. "Y...

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    Steve McQueen's "Shame" Is All About Michael Fassbender

    In Steve McQueen's "Hunger," Michael Fassbender played an Irish Republican prisoner who demonstrated commitment to his cause by starving himself. As Brandon, the affluent and ceaselessly horny New Yorker in McQueen's "Shame," Fassbender has no such intense conviction...

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    New And Notable Film Books

    As always, there are more books being published than I can keep up with. While I haven’t had time to read most of these cover-to-cover, I’d like to call attention to some that clearly stand out.

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    TORONTO REVIEW | Todd Solondz Takes A Fresh Path To More of the Same With Kafkaesque "Dark Horse"

    The universe of damaged characters Todd Solondz has created in his movies is generally considered a cruel, angry place, even by his biggest fans. His latest feature, "Dark Horse," plays by those same rules and thus won't convert any committed Solondz haters. At the same time, it carves a fresh path that deviates from existing patterns in his work with a more accessible narrative. In "Dark Horse," Solondz displays an uncharacteristic warmth, if not outright optimism about the human condition. Notwithstanding the meandering script and occasionally blocky staging, Solondz has delivered a zanier take on his usual downbeat routine, but in this cas...

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    TORONTO REVIEW | The Duplass Brothers' "Jeff, Who Lives at Home" Is Secretly Better Than It Looks

    A cursory look at "Jeff, Who Lives at Home" may lead to the conclusion that it's the weakest effort from sibling directors Mark and Jay Duplass, whose improvised DIY style has rapidly elevated them to studio attention since the success of "The Puffy Chair" over half a decade ago. Having worked their way to million dollar budgets and stars, the Duplass brothers have courted the danger of selling out for a few years now. Instead of accepting that fate, however, they continue to wiggle around it. "Jeff, Who Lives at Home" is another fascinating, occasionally transcendent example of the Duplass' unique ability to infiltrate Hollywood cinema with ...

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    TORONTO REVIEW | The Flawed Thinking of "Sarah Palin - You Betcha!"

    Nick Broomfield, the conspiratorial documentarian behind "Kurt & Courtney" and "Biggie & Tupac," makes no apologies about using suppositions and hearsay in his quest for a special kind of truth. The problem with his insipidly titled "Sarah Palin - You Betcha!," co-directed with Joan Churchill, has n...

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