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    Review: Lake Bell's 'In a World' a Hilarious Feminist Comedy About the Power of Voice

    What’s in a voice? Power, for one thing. The power to tell people things -- anything from an update on a global crisis to the general gist of a young adult movie franchise. This idea is at the center of Lake Bell’s hilarious, sincere and boldly feminist comedy “In a World,” which she wrote, directed...

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    Review: Tragi-Comedy 'Act of Killing' Confronts the Killer Inside (TRAILER)

    With his documentary "The Act of Killing," Joshua Oppenheimer has reset the bar for tragi-comedy. As in, don’t even bother trying, Hollywood. Ever again. In fact, why don’t we just dispense with next year’s Oscar race right now and give both the best documentary and the best feature award to this ...

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    'Venus Vs.' Review: Venus Williams Fights for Gender Equality at Wimbledon in Ava DuVernay's Rousing Sports Doc

    Ava DuVernay’s skilled documentary “Venus Vs.,” which debuts on ESPN July 2, charts Venus Williams’ two-year battle from 2005 to 2007 for equal prize money among genders at Wimbledon. In the film, sports journalist Howard Bryant explains that it takes a certain collision of factors for someone to be...

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    Trailer Watch: The New Black - Directed by Yoruba Richen

    In honor of a historic day in American history, we bring you the new trailer for Yoruba Richen's documentary The New Black which just won the AFI Docs Film Festival Audience Award and played at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The whole team from Women and Hollywood has seen the film and are big fans.

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    Women Centric & Directed Films Nab Awards at Provincetown Film Festival and Los Angeles Film Festival

    Yesterday both the Provincetown Film Festival and the Los Angeles Film Festival announced the recipients of their awards and women won big. Both festivals honored several women directed and centric films.

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    'Mother,' 'Code Black' Lead LAFF Winners

    Janis Nords’ "Mother, I Love You" and Ryan McGarry’s "Code Black" led the winners of the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival, taking the jury prizes for narrative and documentary feature, respectively. The festival -- which wrapped up last night with the closing night film "The Way Way Back" -- also saw ...

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    LAFF Winners: 'Mother, I Love You,' 'Code Black' Win Jury Awards; Audience Awards Go to 'Short Term 12,' 'Wadjda,' 'American Revolutionary'

    The DIRECTV Narrative Award for the finest narrative film in competition at the Los Angeles Festival went to Janis Nords’ "Mother, I Love You," making its U.S. premiere, and The DIRECTV Documentary Award for the finest documentary film in competition at the Festival went to Ryan McGarry for world pr...

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    LAFF Review Roundup: James Wan's 'The Conjuring' is Classic Horror (TRAILER)

    "The Conjuring" premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Friday night; early reviews call the latest film from "Saw" and "Insidious"creator James Wan a skilled reworking of the old-fashioned horror genre. Variety writes that "The Conjuring" is Wan's best film. Warner Bros. opens the thriller st...

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    Buzzy Indie Documentaries 'Blackfish,' 'Code Black' and 'The New Black' -- Which Is Which? (TRAILERS)

    Yes, it's true. We keep getting confused by three similar-sounding documentaries in the indiesphere right now: "Code Black," "The New Black" and "Blackfish." They each deal with vital but very different subjects (the LA County Hospital emergency room, assumptions about homophobia in the African-Amer...

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    Que(e)ries: Considering How Gay Isn't Simply 'The New Black' in Yoruba Richen's Imperative New Doc

    As the LGBT rights movement moved to the clear forefront of the mainstream civil rights discussion in the United States, numerous media organizations were quick to reduce it to a loaded question: "Is gay the new black?"

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