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    Review: The Legend of Korra “Remembrances”

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

    Like almost every final season, the last season of Legend of Korra features a recap episode. I am not a fan of recap episodes and, apparently, neither are the showrunners who Nickelodeon forced to either make a clips episode or layoff writers. That being said the episode was much better than a obligatory clip show […]

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    Interview: Guillaume Campanacci ‘Devils in Disguise’

    Saturday, November 22, 2014

    I got to sit down for a Skype interview with Guillaume Campanacci, the writer/director of the new independent film Devils in Disguise which was shot for only $4,200. If you are interested and want to help fund post-production and festival distribution for the film, then head on over to the Devils in Disguise IndieGogo page. […]

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    Review: Foxcatcher

    Friday, November 21, 2014

    It’s as dramatic as when you first lay eyes on Robert DeNiro in Raging Bull. In Foxcatcher, Steve Carell is not at all the Steve Carell with whom we’ve become accustomed. There’s not a sliver of the character from The Office or The 40 Year Old Virgin to be found. Nor does Carell, fitted with […]

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    Take 2: Nightcrawler

    Sunday, November 16, 2014

    Not sure what to check out at the movies this week? With all the hype surrounding Foxcatcher and next week’s release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1, it’s easy to forget the films that are settling their theatrical runs. As remedy to that problem, we offer “Take 2” a series of reviews released a few weeks […]

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    Review: Rosewater

    Friday, November 14, 2014

    Oppressive, delusional regimes will use nearly anything to preserve power, including the demeaning brutality of solitary confinement. In Jon Stewart’s powerful, perceptive adaptation of journalist Maziar Bahari’s memoir of his 118 days in an Iranian prison in 2006, we see the resiliency of the human spirit. We also witness a prisoner fighting back by exploiting […]

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Video Interview: Hans Petter Moland from Tribeca 2014

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Tribeca Review: Gueros

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Video Interview: Whoopi Goldberg for Keep On Keepin’ On

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