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‘The People Under the Stairs’ Is Craven’s Most Original, Deranged, and Off the Wall Film

The People Under the Stairs falls into a category all its own, moving deftly from horror to comedy to social allegory, all wrapped in a wonderfully lunatic package.

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Who’s Surveilling Whom in ‘(T)Error’?

(T)Error follows an FBI sting operation as it happens; and then the FBI decides to follow the filmmakers...

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‘Northern Soul’: Rebellion at 45rpm

In the dance halls, we can see the transformation of lost individuals into a glorious tribe of dressed up, sweaty acolytes, flashing their baggy trousers and swirling their flared skirts.

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‘Malice’ and ‘Blown Away’ Are Two ‘90s Thrillers With Popcorn Niche Appeal

Star casts and noirish action make for fun nostalgia viewing.

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Don’t Believe the Hype: ‘Magic Mike XXL’ Is No Big Deal

Magic Mike XXL could have ratcheted up the expectations one has for the rom-com, but ultimately it does very little with the space that it ekes out for itself among the genre’s norms.

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‘The Connection’ Makes Familiar Paths Exciting Again

Although there's not much new in its' story, the way that director Cédric Jimenez balances formal style and emotional substance makes The Connection a worthwhile watch.

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The New ‘Poltergeist’ Is Stylish and Only Slightly Stupid

“Isn’t it like, you know, very uncool to move all those bodies and…” “Well, it’s not like it was an ancient tribal burial

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‘Body of War’ Explores What it Means to Love a Nation and Protest Its Policies Simultaneously

While making the injuries to Iraq war veteran Tomas Young visible, Body of War's pressing point concerns the future -- a future we're now living.

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A Practically Impossible Friendship: The 25th Anniversary Collector’s Edition of ‘The Bear’

Jean-Jacques Annaud's classic naturalist dramatization of a "practically impossible friendship" between two bears gets a visual update but retains all its original emotion.

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‘The Sender’ Delivers Psychic Horror

The Sender is a phantasmagorical film of deadly, surreal dreams delivered with subtlety and nuance.

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In ‘Freeheld’, As in Life, It Takes Chutzpah to Challenge Convention

Freehold cuts between private melodrama and public demonstration, not quite trusting the audience to grasp the everyday struggles facing lesbians in America.

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‘The Martian’ Does the Math

Ridley Scott’s futuristic lost astronaut epic strings a series of logic puzzles through a lighthearted ensemble dramedy that feels equal parts The Avengers and Gravity.

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‘Cop Car’ Is Thrilling Barebones Filmmaking

Utilizing minimalism to great success, Cop Car proves that a simple premise doesn't mean a dull film.

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Fast-talking Newsmen in the Restored 1931 Classic, ‘Front Page’

There’s a great deal to be learned about cinematography by watching Lewis Milestone's The Front Page.

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‘The Walk’ Is Part Caper and Part Thrilling Ballet

Joseph Gordon-Levitt finds a winning vulnerability and doubt behind the tightrope walker Philippe Petit’s preternatural confidence.

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Butterfly Kisses: Obsession and Romance in ‘The Duke of Burgundy’

Presented at an angle of haunted persuasion, The Duke of Burgundy reveals a filmmaker making serious strides in independent cinema.

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NYFF 2015: ‘The Walk’ - Philippe Petit’s Achievement Is Now Family Friendly

Before Man on Wire was released, Robert Zemeckis planned to turn the children's book The Man Who Walked Between the Towers into a feature film.

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‘The Farewell Party (Mita Tova)’ Has a Deliciously Twisted Sense of Humor

The humorous treatment of so-called "mercy killing" will certainly provoke some viewers.

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‘The Other Man’ Examines Apartheid’s End and a Principal Architect of That Demise

An intriguing documentary about the fall of apartheid and the politician who engineered his own exit, this film teeters the thin line between success and failure, often falling one way or the other throughout.

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‘Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon’

Douglas Tirola’s celebration of the '70s comedy institution doesn’t know when to put on the brakes. Nevertheless, its enthusiasm proves infectious.

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Robert DeLong Upgraded for 'In the Cards' (Rough Trade Photos + Tour Dates)

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"Robert DeLong ups his musical game with his new album In the Cards and his live show gets a boost too.

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