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Tribeca Capsule Review: The Last Laugh

As I've gotten older, I've noticed more conversations and thinkpieces about what topics are off-limits for comedians, such as racist jokes, jokes about rape, jokes about The Holocaust, and so on. This might stray into a larger conversation ...

 
 
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Tribeca Review: National Bird

One of the most memorable passages in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five involves World War II played in reverse. Bombers flying backwards rebuild cities, and the dead become high school students and babies, and everything ruined is made a...

 
 
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Tribeca Review: After Spring

The Syrian Civil War has led to a humanitarian crisis that's only getting worse. As of now, roughly 4.6 million Syrians have left the country, many of whom have fled to neighboring Jordan, Turkey, and Lebanon, with others fleeing for Europe...

 
 
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Review: Where to Invade Next

Michael Moore and Donald Trump have something in common. No, seriously. They want to make America great again. In Where to Invade Next, Moore pretends he's been sent by the Pentagon to invade other countries. His mission: to steal their ide...

 
 
 
 
 
 
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House of Cards trailer makes me want to watch

Please don't kill me, but I haven't watched a single episode of House of Cards. It's not that I don't want to, it's just that I haven't. Yes, I've probably been watching a bunch of other shows that aren't as good, and I keep saying I'll get...

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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First trailer for Rosewater, directed by Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart, most known as the guy who got stabbed in the eye in The Faculty and the guy weird bangs in Death to Smoochy (also for hosting The Daily Show, I guess), is ready to showcase his directorial debut, Rosewater, based on Maziar Bah...

 
 
 
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Review: Kill Team

The war in Afghanistan is the longest military conflict in which the United States has been involved. The operation is nowhere near as successful as hoped, which is part of the reality of fighting a war in Afghanistan, a lesson that the Sov...

 
 
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New, epic trailer for nature documentary Watermark

Watermark is a new feature length documentary about humans' relationships with water, and presumably with our planet on a global scale. Watermark is a collaboration between filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier, and photographer...

 
 
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Magneto assassinated JFK...apparently

In X-Men: Days of Future Past, we learn that the mutants from the first five or so movies are being hunted down by giant robots. It's probably because of crimes like the one in this video. In the world of the mutants and this video, The Be...

 
 
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Interview: Jia Zhangke & Zhao Tao (A Touch of Sin)

Jia Zhangke has been called one of the most important filmmakers in the world by Richard Brody of The New Yorker and John Powers of NPR. This isn't just because his films are well made. Jia occupies an interesting place in contemporary Chin...

 
 
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Review: Let the Fire Burn

In 1985 there was a tragic stand-off between the extremist Africa-American group MOVE and the city of Philadelphia. At the end, 11 members of MOVE were killed, including five children, and 65 other houses in the area were burned down. It's ...

 
 
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Review: Informant

For most of America, Brandon Darby is not a household name. There are probably pockets of the South which recognize him, but in the grand scheme of things, he's really a nobody. But so are most documentary subjects, and that's often what ma...

 
 
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Review: Our Nixon

There have been a number of documentaries in recent years that have mostly been comprised of reassembled footage as an exploration of a topic. These are assemblage films in many respects, though I think the official term is "archival" or "a...

 
 
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Uwe Boll turns to Kickstarter for Postal 2

While the internet continues its post-mortem on Spike Lee's Kickstarter numbers, there's another director who's jumping into the crowdfunding fray: Uwe Boll. That's right, Uwe friggin' Boll has turned to Kickstarter to make Postal 2, and h...

 
 
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The Wind Rises delivers new trailer and controversy

With Studio Ghibli's The Wind Rises sitting at number one for four weeks running in Japan, and what's sure to be a successful festival tour picking up with the Venice Film Festival one would believe that everything was going fine for ...

 
 
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Review: Zipper: Coney Island's Last Wild Ride

When I was in grad school, a lot of my peers said that they wrote about place. By that they meant people's attachments to certain places, whether in personal terms (old houses, old hang outs) or in larger social terms (public spaces, histor...

 
 
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Paul Schrader & Spike Lee may do Clarence Thomas film

I unfortunately couldn't get to the world premiere of Paul Schrader's new (and quite possibly schlocky) film The Canyons, starring Lindsay Lohan and written by Bret Easton Ellis. The Dissolve reports that during the discussion after the mov...

 
 
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A clip from The Act of Killing on history's winners

The Act of Killing is one of my picks for best films of 2013. It's a disturbing and yet fascinating documentary in which Indonesian death squad members are asked to make their own narrative film that dramatizes their actions during the com...

 
 
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Review: The Act of Killing

Joshua Oppenheimer's The Act of Killing is not just a documentary. It's also an act of confession, a mediation on the power of storytelling, and a kind of historical document. Watching the film, I couldn't stop thinking about two quotations...

 
 
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Interview: Joshua Oppenheimer (The Act of Killing)

The Act of Killing was the most audacious documentary I saw at SXSW, as well as the most upsetting and politically charged. We'll have a full review of the film tomorrow when it gets a theatrical release thanks to Drafthouse Films and execu...

 
 
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HRWFF Review: Camp 14 - Total Control Zone

Most narratives out of North Korea are bleak. Refugees from the country brave the possibility of murder and imprisonment if they flee, which isn't helped by the constant threat of extradition back to North Korea if they are discovered in ne...

 
 
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Review: High Tech, Low Life

The semantic distinction some people make between "journalist" and "blogger" is pretty amusing. Many cling to one term or the other to describe themselves, as if there's no crossover between the two, or as if the functions of the journalist...

 
 
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HRWFF Review: Fatal Assistance

The numbers of the 2010 Haitian earthquake are heartbreaking: between 220,000 to 316,000 dead, and roughly 280,000 residences and commercial buildings destroyed or severely damaged. The debris caused by the earthquake is staggering as well....

 
 
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HRWFF Review: 99% - Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film

Time to out myself: while I believe that income inequality is a serious issue, I could never get fully behind Occupy Wall Street. I suspect this makes me the unfortunate petty bourgeoisie of today's educated liberals, and yet I don't think ...

 
 
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HRWFF Review: Anita

Certain historical events unfold when you're young, but you don't even realize how important they are until you're much older. I remember seeing the tank man of Tiananmen Square on TV, for instance, and the toppling of the Berlin Wall. In r...

 
 




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Zombieland: Double Tap"New zombies, same jokes"

 

Carmen Sandiego (Season Two)"Sins of the father"

 

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil"EEEEEEEEVIIIIIIIIIIIIL"

 

Trick"Give me something good to stab (and stab and stab)"

 

Metallica: S&M²"Fight Fire With Fire"

 

LFF Harriet"Be free or die"

 

Gemini Man"Does whatever a gemini can"

 

LFF The Aeronauts"Reach for the sky"

 

NYFF Saturday Fiction"Life during wartime"

 

The Addams Family"Just be yourself (but not too much!)"

 

Parasite"Class mobility is a lie"

 

Lucky Day"Luck's run out"

 

LFF Knives Out"Whodounut"

 

LFF Bad Education"Ain't misbehavin"

 

NYFF The Whistlers"Whistling away the jail days"

 

LFF Marriage Story"Romcom in reverse"

 

LFF The Report"Democracy under scrutiny"

 

Preacher (Season 4)"The Messiah will dance!"

 

LFF The King"High drama"

 

LFF Jojo Rabbit"Ja Hitler!"

 

LFF Hope Gap"Deficient"

 

LFF Lucky Grandma"You'll never look at your grandma in the same way again"

 
 
 
 
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