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    Review: Shot In Secret, Mind-Melter 'Escape From Tomorrow'

    We’re not sure why writer/director Randy Moore decided to come swinging out the gate with a first feature like “Escape from Tomorrow,” and frankly, we’re not entirely sure how he got away with even making it in the first place. Much of this dark, utterly bizarre comedy would appear to be covertly sh...

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    Recap: Things Get Witchy In First Episode Of 'American Horror Story: Coven'

    One of the things that has made the entire "American Horror Story" enterprise so exciting has been the promise of seemingly endless variety. Not only is each season in the spook-filled series a different beast altogether (supposedly one of the ways that co-creator Ryan Murphy got the series greenlit...

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    Review: Randall Miller's 'CBGB' A Half-Hearted Sitcom Stab At Punk Rock's Mecca

    It takes a lot of effort to take the underdog stomping grounds of New York's top punk acts and turn them into the Central Perk from “Friends”—albeit with slightly more stain—but “CBGB” does it with total conviction. This isn't necessarily a bad thing; we've long passed the ellipses of punk's heyday,...

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    Review 'Machete Kills' Starring Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Mel Gibson, Demian Bichir & Carlos Estevez

    Robert Rodriguez isn't one for false pleasantries: if you didn't like "Machete," you really won't think much of "Machete Kills," and he's okay with that. This sequel to the 2010 actioner seems to exist mostly for his hardcore base and as a favor for good friend Danny Trejo, who plays the pockmarked,...

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    Review: James Franco's Ambitious Adaptation Of William Faulkner's 'As I Lay Dying'

    To be certain, James Franco has never been lacking in ambition. From the meta quasi-doc "Francophrenia (Or Don't Kill Me, I Know Where the Baby Is)" to the Hart Crane biopic "The Broken Tower" to the kinky "Interior. Leather Bar." to the primate co-starring "The Ape," Franco has leapt into filmmakin...

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    Review: Hip-Hop Documentary 'Sample This' Drops The Needle & Finds A Fascinating Beat

    “Sample This” would make a hell of an article. In fact, it did. In 2006, Will Hermes told the story of the story of the oft-forgotten, oft-sampled Incredible Bongo Band in the New York Times. His article, wonderfully titled “All Rise for the National Anthem of Hip-Hop,” began like so: “This is a sto...

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    NYFF Review: Ben Stiller's 'The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty' Co-Starring Kristen Wiig

    In a colorless and unremarkable New York apartment, the shy, anonymous Walter Mitty stares at the eHarmony dating page of his co-worker Cheryl (Kristen Wiig). Debating whether or not to make the online first move, Walter eventually daydreams about a spectacular manner in which to impress her. But ba...

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    NYFF Review: Documentary 'American Promise' A Flawed, Yet Fascinating Look At Coming Of Age

    Raising a child seems to be both an act of love and faith. You provide the absolute best you can for them, and then hope and trust that you've put them on a path that will lead to the kind of rich and fulfilling life you want them to have. But even in a situation where seemingly nothing is left to c...

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    Review: Lesbian Drama 'Concussion' Starring Robin Weigert

    Robin Weigert is an actress of intriguing, indistinct beauty. She could be your teacher, your mother, your librarian or your sister-in-law. It likely makes her the best fit for “Concussion,” an intriguing, vaguely European indie drama. Her Abby is a wife and a mother, as well as an upstanding member...

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    Review: Alfonso Cuarón's Visceral, Knuckle-Chewing 'Gravity' Starring Sandra Bullock & George Clooney

    Since JFK vowed to put a man on the moon in 1961, space has represented untold possibility, hope and optimism. But once we actually got there, we realized what a terrifying place it can be. An endless void, freezing and/or burning, a place without air or life. But most terrifyingly of all, if you di...

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