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Thursday, Jan 30, 2014
The five young men, wrongly convicted of raping the Central Park Jogger in 1990 and released from prison in 2002, must endure a loss that cannot be made right. Still, The Central Park Five grants them the chance to tell their stories.

“A huge injustice was done.” With these words, New York City’s new mayor Bill DeBlasio has promised to “settle the Central Park Five case.” The case is notorious for all kinds of reasons, not least being the shoddy policing and lawyering that sent five teenagers to prison in 1990, bad practices incited by media hysteria that began the moment Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, and Kharey Wise were arrested for the rape and beating of the Central Park Jogger, Trisha Meili, on April 19, 1989. The case is revisited in the powerful documentary The Central Park Five, directed by Sarah and Ken Burns and based on her book, The Central Park Five: A Chronicle of a City Wilding.


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Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014
French actress Isabelle Adjani's curious exploration of love and death in a pop song co-written by the legendary Serge Gainsbourg is visualized as a cold, erotic dream, courtesy of Luc Besson.

Iconic French actress Isabelle Adjani made a name for herself early on in her life, taking the lead in François Truffaut’s The Story of Adele H, a role that would earn the actress her first Academy award nomination in 1976 and bring her to the attention of cinema-goers worldwide. Adjani continued her streak in highly successful films and gained notoriety as one of the world’s most skilled actresses whose deeply nuanced and textured performances belied the impossible beauty of her icy, cool and mysterious exterior.


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Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014
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British singer-songwriter King Krule releases a video for "A Lizard State" today and it's introduced by the Master of Suspense himself.

Director Jamie-James Medina says, “Archy and I both love Hitchcock and we’ve spent a lot of time away from music talking about his films. When I heard the phone ringing over the intro all I could think about was Dial M For Murder and the scene where Grace Kelly answers the phone. That really started the conversation. I had this idea of Hitchcock introducing King Krule. I’ve seen every episode of Hitchcock Presents and every introduction that he gives is brilliant—you could use any episode and it would work. We loved the idea of Archy defying gravity and that being the setting for his performance. But right up until shooting we didn’t know if we’d get permission to use the Hitchcock footage - to have him appear. Its such an honor that the Hitchcock estate gave us the opportunity. And then at the very end he said, ‘and the room is full of lizards’, so we had to find a set of lizards and managed to get a guy who entertains at children’s parties.”


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Friday, Nov 8, 2013
Feast on a cornucopia of entertainment options this month.

November is be an interesting month for many reasons. If you’re a gamer, you might be making a big purchase soon. There’s several television events on the way, too.


We may still be a month away from the big holiday season, but there’s plenty of new music and movies to keep us entertained until then.


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Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013
The film is a remarkable portrait, convincing and performative, insistent and expressive, and ever incomplete.

“Never believe you’ve played your last hand,” instructs Jean Marc Calvet. “Never believe it’s too late, never believe that things will never work out.” Under his voiceover, you see Calvet walking into the frame, in slow motion. His sunglasses obscure his eyes, his bald head and hoop earrings overwhelming as he fills the frame, obscuring the traffic behind him.


As an introduction to the French-Nicaraguan painter, these first few moments of Calvet suggest his intensity, his determination, his capacity for self-reflection, They are also the last moment in Dominic Allan’s movie that moves so slowly, literally. From here on out, the pace is propulsive, as Calvet takes you on a journey through his past, passing by his present, and into his possible future. And the camera does its best to keep up with him.


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