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NYFF 2017: 'The Rape of Recy Taylor'

This haunting documentary about a black woman assaulted by six white men in 1944 Alabama pivots deftly from crime story to history lesson without losing track of the human pain at its core.

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TIFF 2017: 'Never Steady, Never Still'

The troubled characters in this film deserve a more complex, nuanced approach.

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TIFF 2017: 'Ta peau si lisse' (A Skin So Soft)

Denis Côté introduces viewers to five bodybuilders, the alternative beauty of their insular community, and their magnificent descent into nature.

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Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2017: 'Black Code' + 'Bill Nye' + 'The Blood Is at the Doorstep'

A trio of documentaries on ostensibly diverse subjects (suppression of online dissent, a climate change crusade, a family’s struggle for justice after a police shooting) all circle back to the fight for agency in the modern world.

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After Images: Poland's 41st Gdynia Film Festival

From painters to interrogators, some of the finest films at Gdynia Film Festival 2016 dramatized real-life figures from the country’s past.

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Independent Film Festival Boston 2016: 'High-Rise'

High-Rise may not reach the heights it aspires to, but the chaos of trying to get there makes for a good time.

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Independent Film Festival Boston 2016: 'The Blackcoat's Daughter'

Taut, brutal, and atmospheric, The Blackcoat's Daughter is a bold but slightly derivative effort from debut director Osgood Perkins.

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Independent Film Festival Boston 2016: 'The Anthropologist'

Spry and crisp, The Anthropologist is a solid documentary that avoids bearing the weight of the austere pessimism surrounding climate change.

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Independent Film Festival Boston 2016: 'Under the Shadow'

Set in war-torn Iran, Under the Shadow executes satisfying scares against the backdrop of an intelligent social drama.

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Tribeca Taps Samantha Bee for 'Full Frontal' Talk

Samantha Bee discussed her excellent Full Frontal, attending the political conventions and voting in the New York primary at Tribeca.

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The Show of Shows: Tribeca Film Festival Review

The Show of Shows: 100 Years of of Vaudeville, Circuses and Carnivals utilizes archival footage to deliver the wonders of the big top.

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Boston Underground Film Festival 2016: 'Wendigo'

Wendigo is an artful examination of the role of myth in shaping our understanding of a chaotic world. It's also terrifying.

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Boston Underground Film Festival 2016: 'Kill Your Friends'

American Psycho heads across the pond in a fun, albeit derivative, dark comedy about a sociopathic music label A&R man in the midst of the Britpop craze.

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Boston Underground Film Festival 2016: 'The Lure'

There's no denying the worthiness of The Lure's experimental qualities, but its characters get drowned in the music and never really find their way out.

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The Annual Boston Underground Film Festival Returns With Oddities in Tow

The odd, the experimental, and the undervalued are brought together in a festival that offers a respite from the uniformity of modern, mass-market, film.

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Gdynia Film Festival 2015: New Polish Cinema Overview + 'Karbala'

The 40th Gdynia Film Festival, the most prestigious film event in Poland, has the fortune to be taking place in a hugely significant and successful year for Polish cinema.

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"Insider Access" to Disney Pixar's 'Inside Out' Meant Bonus Features

Fathom Events early screening of Disney Pixar's Inside Out put (what might be) future DVD special features on the big screen for film fans.

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Cannes 2015: Todd Haynes' 'Carol' Could Have Been Better

Todd Haynes' adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's 1952 lesbian love story is a sumptuous visual treat, but the novel's emotional content has been softened and simplified.

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Cannes 2015: Woody Allen's 'Irrational Man' Is More of the Same

The 2015 Cannes Film Festival finds Woody Allen mining the same tropes of crimes and misdemeanors that he does with each film.

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Cannes 2015: 'An' and 'One Floor Below' (Un Etaj Mai Jos)

Amid the hype and the hustle, Cannes 2015 yields two small scale but accomplished new features from Naomi Kawase and Radu Muntean.

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Night Trains, Cruises, and Camouflage - Kinoteka 2015 - The 13th Polish Film Festival, London

Polish films old and new, lectures, concerts and exhibitions make up a varied programme of events at Kinoteka 2015.

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Italian Film Festival 2014 - Chicago: 'The Referee'

Perhaps the most corrupt game of football ever staged for cinema is played for huge laughs, here.

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London Film Festival 2014 Day 8: 'Mr. Turner'

We conclude our coverage of this year’s London Film Festival with Mike Leigh’s long-anticipated biopic of J.M.W. Turner: a languorous, immersive, richly detailed work that surpasses expectations.

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London Film Festival 2014 Day 7: 'Whiplash'

A pupil/teacher story dressed up as a battle-of-wits thriller, the pushy, over-hyped Whiplash fails to impress.

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London Film Festival 2014 Day 6: 'Radiator' and 'My Old Lady'

Two films focused on ageing characters yield contrasting results. Tom Browne’s Radiator is an exquisite, intimate family portrait, but Israel Horovitz’s My Old Lady feels entirely fake.

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London Film Festival 2014 Day 5: 'The Imitation Game' and 'X Plus Y'

Two well-made, humane films focus on the lives of maths prodigies: Morgan Matthews’ modestly-scaled X Plus Y and Morten Tyldum’s epic Alan Turing biopic, The Imitation Game.

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London Film Festival 2014 Day 4: 'The New Girlfriend' and 'Something Must Break'

Issues of gender identity and sexuality come under scrutiny in today’s reviewed films: the latest genre-hopper from François Ozon, and Ester Martin Bergsmark’s explicit teen love story.

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London Film Festival 2014 Day 3: 'Men, Women & Children' / 'Night Bus'

Two ensemble comedy dramas at either ends of the budgetary scale: Jason Reitman’s synthetic Men Women & Children and Simon Baker’s likeable, low-budget Night Bus.

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London Film Festival 2014 Day 2: 'The Duke of Burgundy'

Peter Strickland confirms his reputation as one of contemporary British cinema’s most distinctive talents with a thrilling, immersive love story.

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London Film Festival 2014 Day 1: 'French Riviera' and 'Dukhtar'

Our coverage of the 2014 London Film Festival begins with reviews of two mother/daughter-focused dramas: veteran André Téchiné’s French Riviera and Afia Nathaniel’s debut film Dukhtar.

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Gdynia Film Festival 2014 Day 6: Closing Ceremony and Awards

Analysis of the winners and losers at Saturday night’s Gdynia Film Festival closing ceremony.

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