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    Oscar Predictions 2015

    As the fall festivals loom, I'm listing some possibilities for Oscar consideration for 2015. Going into the season, only a handful of movies have Oscar potential; their handlers will rely on critics and guild groups to keep them in the conversation over the long haul. They are Wes Anderson's well-wr...

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    20 Fictional Movie Bands That Rocked Your World

    Movies and music are closely entwined, as the name of this site demonstrates and as we've shown several times recently (each word there links to a different recent music/movie feature). But rarer —and frequently more fun— than pre-existing songs or known musicians showing up on screen are films wher...

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    Daily Reads: 'Under the Skin' Subverts the Male Gaze, 'Boyhood's" Use of 35mm and More

    Plus: Why Radiohead's music is used in movies so badly, and the trouble with film preservation and "Star Wars."

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    Watch: Chloë Moretz Decides On Life In New Trailer For 'If I Stay'

    When you're a teenager, everything feels like it's life or death; each decision has an irrevocable ripple effect that you will experience forever. But in "If I Stay," the very decision to stay alive (or not) hangs in the balance, and it's a choice that Chloë Moretz will have to make.

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    Half of Sarajevo Film Fest Doc Contenders Directed by Women

    The films deal with a variety of issues, including the status of refugees ("Evaporating Borders"), corruption in Communist regimes ("Uncle Tony, Three Fools and the Secret Service"), and the brave women of Tahrir Square ("Private Revolutions - Young, Female, Egyptian").

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    First Reviews: The Rock's 'Hercules'

    "Good, idiotic matinee entertainment" or "decidedly non-legendary"?

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    LatinoBuzz: Call for Mexican Projects in Development and Post

    As part of its commitment to support national cinematography production Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund offers on its second year in a row a grand total of USD $138,240 to Mexican projects.

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    Exclusive: Nobody's Innocent In Clip From Award Winning Documentary 'The Kill Team'

    The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan may have seen acts of bravery, but they have been overshadowed by conduct from U.S. soldiers that raise troubling questions about the military's engagement in the region, and in particular, their own interior culture. And "The Kill Team" exposes yet another story tha...

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    Watch: Spike Lee Powerfully Mixes Footage Of NYPD Chokehold Victim With 'Do the Right Thing' In Video Response

    One of the more heartbreaking and infuriating headlines of the past few days has come from New York City. Last Friday, five NYPD officers engaged with 43-year-old Eric Garner, who was stopped under suspicion of selling untaxed cigarettes. The situation escalated with the officers smothering and chok...

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    Watch: Trailer For Sundance Satire 'Dear White People' Brings Black Back

    How do you make a comedy about contemporary race relations in America, without being reductive or offensive? Hell, don't ask us, but writer/director Justin Simien seems to have figured it out and then some. His "Dear White People" was a buzz title at this year's Sundance Film Festival, winning the S...

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