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    Review: Compelling 'Ballplayer: Pelotero' Is Exposé On MLB Training Camps In Dominican Republic

    A revealing portrait of one aspect of the business of baseball that may seem like relatively inconsequential business as usual for the average fan here in the USA, but is a matter or survival for those really young men (16-year-olds) who dream of multi-million dollar signing bonuses that will r...

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    L.A. Film Fest Review: Entertaining Romp 'Magic Mike' Will Put Its Spell On You... And Shake It Like Nobody's Business

    There’s just something about Channing Tatum. Clearly, he’s got that magic touch (why else would Paramount be reshooting “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” to add more Chan?), a certain je ne sais quoi that would inspire veteran auteur Stephen Soderbergh to bring his early life story as a Florida stripper to th...

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    Evocative Drama 'All Is Well' Takes Top Jury Prize at LAFF 2012 (Review)

    There are few films that haunt me until I write about them. Some films are meant to be remembered but not necessarily reported on. Today, when I found out that filmmaker Pocas Pascoal’s film, All is Well (Por Aqui Tudo Bem), won Best Narrative Film at the Los Angeles Film Festival following it’s Nor...

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    2012 ABFF Review: Must-See 'Soul Food Junkies' Is An Amusing, Enlightening, Important Doc

    Definitely a highlight at the American Black Film Festival, where it premiered and picked up the Best Documentary award, Byron Hurt's Soul Food Junkies is also a film we highlighted two months ago as a new project we’re excited about.

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    2012 ABFF Review: Eye-Opening 'Contradictions of Fair Hope' Gives Lesson in Identity & Dignity

    S. Epatha Merkerson and Rockell Metcalf’s directorial debut Contradictions of Fair Hope, narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, documents the nation’s last surviving philanthropic society. Founded in Alabama by freed slaves after emancipation, the Fair Hope Benevolent Society began as Black A...

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    11 Reviews from the 2012 LA Film Festival: 'Beasts,' 'To Rome With Love' and More

    This year's the Los Angeles Film Festival featured everything from apocalyptic romances to Cuban zombies. With the festival winding down, we've compiled a list of reviews by Indiewire film critic Eric Kohn to streamline your recapping experience.

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    Best of the Week: LA Film Fest Reviews, 'Girls' & 'Newsroom,' Plus Remembering Andrew Sarris

    This week on TOH, we covered the heck out of the ongoing LA Film Festival, looked at the excellent Season 1 run of "Girls" while rounding up mixed reviews for the soon-to-start Season 1 of Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom," and culled early critics' reactions to "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "Abraham Lin...

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    To Rome With Love—movie review

    The best thing about being a Woody Allen fan is the certainty that if you don’t like his latest film, he’s already got another one in the oven. Following the unprecedented audience reaction to 'Midnight in Paris', Allen has conceived a multi-character mosaic of stories set in the Eternal City...but,...

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    Critic's Notebook: How to Honor Andrew Sarris and Amos Vogel With Your Netflix Queue

    Critic's Notebook: How to Honor Andrew Sarris and Amos Vogel With Your Netflix Queue

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    ABFF 2012 Review: Compelling Political Drama 'Better Mus' Come' Misses A Few Chances

    Directed by Storm Saulter from a screenplay penned by Saulter, Paul Bucknor and Joshua Bratter, Better Mus’ Come –a fictionalized account based on real life events - is set during Jamaica’s 1970’s political turmoil among government’s socialism supporters and the La...

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