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    Sheffield Docs: How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin, Disco and Atomic War

    Critic Karina Longworth posts again from Sheffield Doc/Fest on two features and a short dealing with the impact of Western pop culture on the fall of the USSR.

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    David Ansen Named Artistic Director of Los Angeles Film Festival

    When Rebecca Yeldham came in to run the Los Angeles Film Festival this year, programming director Rachel Rosen played out her last fest and then moved back to her old stomping grounds, the San Francisco Film Festival. Now Yeldham announces that Newsweek critic David Ansen is joining the LAFF as arti...

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    Where the Wild Things Are: Early Reviews

    Well, the reviews are rolling in on Spike Jonze and Dave Eggers' adaptation of the Maurice Sendak children's classic Where the Wild Things Are (which opens Friday), and according to the 37 assessed by Rotten Tomatoes so far, they are mixed, at 68%. David Denby's New Yorker review shares my view that...

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    USC Professor Anne Friedberg Loved Windows

    It's always tough to say good-bye to a friend who dies too young. After a lingering fight against colorectal cancer, Anne Friedberg died October 9 at age 57.

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    Weekend Must-Sees: The Damned United and An Education

    Weekend Must to Avoid:Couples Retreat Tomatometer 11 % Metascore 24 The notion of Swingers Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau reuniting for a vacation on Bora Bora may seem appealing, but run as fast as you can from this turkey. Making audiences suffer through couples therapy, among other things, was a b...

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    Full Disclosure: Bloggers Break Rules

    James Rocchi is the contemporary model of online era film critic.

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    Jews on Film: A Serious Man and An Education; Polanski, Sellers

    Jews are popping up all over. The Coens based A Serious Man, which is an affectionate yet scabrous portrait of Jewish suburban family life, on their 60s Minnesota upbringing. An Education's Nick Hornby relied on Lynn Barber's two-year old memoir and faithfully included the sleazy seducer played by Peter Sarsgaard, who is Jewish. Suffice it to say, he's a money-grubbing entrepreneur with less-than-impeccable values. Even Tim Blake Nelson includes the Jewish mafia in his midwestern comedy, Leaves of Grass, which recently played Toronto. And we must not leave out Quentin Tarantino's controversial contribution to Jewish cinema, the anti-Nazi Worl...

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    Barrymore's Whip It Delivers

    Reelz Channel host Leonard Maltin reviews Drew Barrymore's Whip It this week.

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    IRS vs. Elvis Mitchell

    Folks in the arts aren't always good with money. (I'm not.) But Annie Leibovitz and Elvis Mitchell belong to another class altogether: people who hobnob as a matter of course with culture mavens, beautiful people, artists, filmmakers, actors and patrons of the arts who are much much richer than they are. Since Mitchell left his job as film critic at the NYT in 2004, he has taught at Harvard, hosts a weekly interview show The Treatment on KCRW FM as well as Turner Classic Movies' "Under the Influence," and produced the Timothy Greenfield-Sanders HBO documentary, The Black List. He's a fixture on the film fest and lecture circuit. And he still ...

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    2 or 3 Things I Learned at NYFF Opening Night

    During my 20s in Manhattan, I looked forward to the New York Film Festival every September, when there was a nip in the air; it brought the start of the fall season. Here's what I learned at the 47th NYFF opening night:

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