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    Is '12 Years a Slave' Too Safe to Transform its Audiences?

    Richard Wright described problems of violence and inequity in the U.S. along these lines: "There isn't any Negro problem; there is only a white problem." Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" is a narrative of this "white problem." Beyond debates of whether the film is historically accurate, overly sen...

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    From 'Gravity' To 'All Is Lost': Why Are There So Many Survival Movies Out This Month?

    Some movies -- particularly the braying blockbusters of summer -- give us the opportunity to escape from reality. But in several released this month, characters are just trying to escape with their lives.

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    Sarah Paulson Explains How She Played a Sad, Alienated Racist Opposite Michael Fassbender In '12 Years a Slave'

    Sarah Paulson might be most readily associated with her role as journalist Lana Winters on "American Horror Story," the FX show with disturbing visuals to spare. But the frightening aspects of that drama look trivial compared to the monster Paulson portrays in Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave."

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    Review: '12 Years a Slave,' Starring a Brilliant Chiwetel Ejiofor, Is a Slavery Movie For the Ages

    Like countless movies before it, "12 Years a Slave" opens with a title card announcing that its material is based on a true story. However, Steve McQueen's startlingly realized period drama justifies its introductory note with each ensuing scene, recreating the experiences of a free black man kidnap...

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    For Your Consideration: Breaking Down the 2013 Oscar Race, Distributor By Distributor

    It's mid-October and all but a few studios bidding for this year's Oscar glory have laid their cards out for all to see, either in theaters or in festivals ("Saving Mr. Banks," "American Hustle," "The Monuments Men" and -- maybe -- "The Wolf of Wall Street" are more or less the final four potential ...

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    In the Works: Alexander Payne Finds Next Project in 'The Judge's Will'

    After heading to the black-and-white prairies of "Nebraska," Alexander Payne is next eyeing India. The director and Fox Searchlight are in talks to team on "The Judge's Will."

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    Arthouse Audit: 'Enough Said' Scores Big for Searchlight, 'Rush' Decent for Universal

    The race to open films shown at the Telluride and Toronto film festivals began with two significant platform releases. This sets the pattern from now until the end of the year. Leading the way was Fox Searchlight's "Enough Said," with a surprisingly stellar gross, driven by rave reviews and curiosit...

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    Specialty Box Office: More Than 'Enough' Turn Out For Nicole Holofcener's Latest As It Scores $60,000 PTA

    Nicole Holofcener's "Enough Said" soared well beyond expectations on its opening weekend, grossing a massive $240,000 from just 4 theaters in New York and Los Angeles (giving it a total of $294,000 since opening Wednesday). That gave the film -- which features one of the late James Gandolfini's fina...

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    Festival Hits 'Prisoners,' 'Enough Said' and 'Rush' Post Strong Openings

    Three film festival hits, "Prisoners" (Warner Bros.), "'Enough Said" (Fox Searchlight) and "Rush" (Universal) launched the parade of awards contenders at the fall box office. All three showed solid initial results. Wide release "Prisoners" easily took the #1 slot on Friday. Among the two limited...

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