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‘Democrats’: Ruffians, Pretenders, and Outcomes

Camilla Neilsson's brilliant Democrats follows the writing of Zimbabwe's first constitution over three years.

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A New Light Shines on ‘Full Moon in Paris’

Eric Rohmer's classic film resonates again in High Definition Blu-Ray.

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‘Difret’ Is the Story of Many Represented by the Story of One

Executive produced by Angelina Jolie Pitt, Difret is not one woman's story. Instead, it focuses on people cooperating across generations and classes to resist injustice against women.

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Cronenberg’s ‘The Brood’ Taps Into Some Fundamental, Primal Terror

Setting the table for his work to come, David Cronenberg's psychotronic masterpiece, The Brood, has its very own Criterion Collection edition.

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‘Impromptu’ Is Light on Coherence, Heavy on Scandal

It's not that this film is bad, but the witty dialogue, solid acting, and lovely camerawork can't make up for it's tonal confusion or pacing.

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‘Toto and His Sisters’ Discover Community and Compassion Through Filmmaking

In Toto and His Sisters, as the children engage in the filmmaking process, as they share their lives with one another and with Nanău and with you, their possibilities loom larger than their losses.

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‘A Black Veil for Lisa’ Isn’t Worth Unveiling

An obscure relic from late '60s European cinema, A Black Veil for Lisa is a standard giallo thriller -- minus the blood and thrills.

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‘Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery’ Almost Hits the Mark

This isn't an failure but it's not an unqualified success. Its greatest triumph is that it encourages to look beyond its own frames, whether it means to or not.

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DOC NYC 2015: ‘Left on Purpose’ + ‘Missing People’

These two films at DOC NYC look at loss and memory, trauma and generosity.

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‘Rebels of the Neon God’ Is Teenaged Angst Portrayed Perfectly

Tsai-Ming Liang's debut is compelling, beautiful, understated and undeniably stylish.

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DOC NYC 2015: ‘Where to Invade Next’

Where to Invade Next adopts an anthology approach to solving America’s problems. Michael Moore's solutions are simplistic, but the underlying malaise they highlight is disturbing.

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‘In Jackson Heights’ Depicts Modern Immigration and Life in the Crosshairs of Gentrification

Frederick Wiseman’s immersive portrait of this immigrant neighborhood doesn’t just celebrate the melting pot, it shows that the dream is vulnerable, too.

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The 10 Films in ‘Attack of the Killer B’s’ Replicates the Ethos of B-films Rather Well

In B-films such as these, there’s usually something there to be found, a something resulting from a film’s flaws, rather than its flawlessness.

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11 Nov 2015 // 8:00 AM

‘Sunset Edge’ Presents a New Kind of Ghost Town

Set in and around an empty American trailer park, Sunset Edge is an effective thriller, focused on four teenagers who have no idea what haunting awaits them.

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Ian McKellen Unravels the Mystery of the Literary Icon in ‘Mr. Holmes’

In Mr. Holmes, Ian McKellen presents three different Sherlocks: the brilliant detective he once was, the 93-year-old man in mental decline, and the inescapable character created by John Watson.

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‘Marwencol’ Is a Powerful Story About Art and Recovery

This documentary about self-imagining and storytelling reflects the intricate, ever shifting ways that we all understand ourselves, the worlds inside and around us.

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Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Canon-era Adaptation

No matter how many adaptations have come and gone since, William Gillette’s interpretation of Sherlock Holmes provides the inspiration, good or bad, for those that follow.

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Bond’s ‘Spectre’ Is Full of Spectacles and Stunts and Surfaces—and Some Impressive Camera Work

Spectre's first shot is precisely lovely, a dance of framing and figures, a display of craft and thoughtfulness and ingenuity. Then the rest of the film happens.

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Both Old Fashioned and New Fangled, ‘The Peanuts Movie’ Is a Throwback Delight

A movie which combines the best of the late Charles Schulz's legacy with the technological tweaks of today.

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New Dinosaurs, Old Plot

Jurrasic World is big, loud movie with a smaller, quieter movie inside of it, peeking out at unexpected moments.

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In Motion: On the Emptiness of Progress

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"Nils Pihl calls it, "Newtonian engagement", that is, when "an engaged player will remain engaged until acted upon by an outside force". That's "progress".

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