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    Cristian Mungiu, Beyond the Films

    On the evolving aesthetics of a brilliantly talented young director.

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    Garden States: New Jersey, According to David Chase

    The attraction to, and repulsion of New Jersey in the films of David Chase and the music of Steven Van Zandt's bandmate, Bruce Springsteen.

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    Weekend Reel Reads: Selections from the New York Film Festival Critics Academy

    Our eight academy members have produced some incredibly insightful work over the past two weeks. Some of the best of their writing is gathered here for your educational perusal.

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    Intruding on the History of Iranian Cinema

    On the film from the New York Film Festival that made one of our Critics Academy members physically ill -- and why that's not a bad thing.

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    Small (Cinema)Scope: The Widescreen Imagery of 'Beyond the Hills'

    "Work of art" does not suffice as a label for Cristian Mungiu’s new film, "Beyond The Hills." Cameras have long celebrated labor, of bodies as well as minds, and here the film itself has become "work" in all of its most beautiful, terrifying connotations. Thi...

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    Window Shopping Through Kiarostami and Dorsky

    Just one look (or two) in the films of two New York Film Festival auteurs.

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    Love and Death in the Films of Michael Haneke

    Sadistic? Maybe. Hard to watch? Sometimes. Familial? Definitely, though it may take a bit of work to notice.

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    Dancing in the Rain: Nicole Kidman's Femme Fatales

    In the New York Film Festival film "The Paperboy" Nicole Kidman returns to the role of a femme fatale. How her performance compares with the one she played 17 years ago in "To Die For."

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    Please Turn On Your Cell Phone: The Dark Side of Smartphones in New York Film Festival Movies

    A pair of New York FIlm Festival movies put the spotlight on the role of smartphones in modern society.

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    An Inconceivable 'Princess Bride' Reunion at New York Film Festival

    Plus: William Goldman and Rob Reiner talk about their dreams for a "Princess Bride" sequel.

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