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    Is Jack Kerouac Unfilmable? 'Big Sur' is the Latest to Raise the Question

    It's understandable why Kerouac has eluded cinematic adaptation. He was king of the Beats, immortalized in his own characters Sal Paradise and Jack Duluoz, founder of a literary movement, creator of an aesthetic style, and perpetrator of a physically and spiritually ecstatic lifestyle.

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    A Beat Renaissance Sexes Up Sundance

    The work of the Beats has periodically bubbled up into the artistic consciousness over the decades. But why does it have renewed artistic currency now?

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    Weekend Box Office: 'Captain America' Is Number One, Because That's Just How America Does It

    Marvel is doing the right thing with their superhero productions. They wisely didn’t break the bank after “Iron Man” did a little under $100 million in its opening weekend, instead opting for future adventures within their universe for around the same cost every time. Even with “The Avengers,” said ...

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    In Theaters: 'Horrible Bosses' Or 'The Zookeeper'? You Decide

    Hello my summer chickadees, have your retinas grown back after the assault of "Transformers: Dark of the Moon"? I'm peeping through protective lenses as I type my weekly missive to you. This weekend doesn't hold quite as much bombast in new releases, so if your addiction to explosions and CGI rears its head, you'll have to revisit some of our earlier summer releases. Or just take it down a notch with some low brow comedy. If you like your comedy R-rated, we have "Horrible Bosses." If you want to take a kid (or you have a massive head wound), check out "The Zookeeper" with the maestro of fat man physical comedy, Kevin James. There are also a f...

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    Michael Rapaport Talks The Heart, Soul, Conflicts & Issues Of A Tribe Called Quest

    Exclusive: To say filmmaker Michael Rapaport hasn't had an easy time in the press with his new documentary "Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest" is a bit of an understatement, but don't get it twisted. Since its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, reviews about the seminal '90s hip-hop group -- which included members Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Jarobi White, and Ali Shaheed Muhammad -- have been glowing (it has an excellent 95% RT score). But like most longtime fans of the group, after they suddenly called it quits in 1998, actor and hip hop music aficionado Michael Rapaport was deeply affected by their spli...

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    Review: 'Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest' Is Engrossing & Real

    The following is a reprint of our review that ran during the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. The film opens in limited release this weekend, Friday, July 8th.

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    Beefs & Brotherhood: Michael Rappaport Calls A Tribe Called Quest Dynamic "Emotionally Complex"

    Director Says Hip-Hop Group's Relationship Is Complicated Both Off And On The ScreenIf you're one of the lucky few that has seen the hip-hop documentary "Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest," perhaps at either the Sundance or Tribeca film festivals, you know the film is a knock-...

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    Watch: Kick It With The Trailer For 'Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest'

    Do we even have to tell you how how vital, important and mostly, great A Tribe Called Quest were? If we do, you need to get schooled son, but for the rest of you a documentary is on the way about legendary hip hop group, and trust us, it's essential.

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    Already Sick Of Blockbusters? The Playlist's Guide To The Alternative Summer Movie Highlights

    The summer of 2011 is more stuffed with blockbusters than ever before, with every week bringing a new tentpole. We ran those films down earlier in the week, with Part 1, being those that look half-decent or better, Part 2 being those that we're more wary of, or even dreading. But in a summer like th...

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