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The Bacon Brothers Deliver Solemn Statement With "Corona Tune" (premiere + interview)

Written and recorded during the 2020 quarantine, "Corona Tune" exemplifies the Bacon Brothers' ability to speak to the gravity of the present moment.

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Color Television: What Diversity Looks Like in America Today

The buzz word from the 2012 presidential election is "diversity". It's a good story. The look of the Obama crowd had both the structure and randomness of a Jackson Pollock painting. It was the ol' melting pot writ large.

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All the Better for All the Fassbending Going on: 'X-Men: First Class'

With so many characters shoved in, it's no surprise that only a select few have any emotional lift. That said, the ones that do -- especially the ones played by Michael Fassbender -- prove to be powerfully intriguing.

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SXSW Film Festival Day 2: 'Super' and 'Being Elmo'

If Super was on your radar, then it’s probably safe to say you are in the four percent that it was made for. And you will more than likely have yourself a grand ol’ time.

Faith Korpi
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Taking Chance

You don't see Chance Phelps die in Taking Chance. You do see how his body becomes meaningful for many others.

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The New Classics - The 30 Best Films of 2008

Unlike previous years, where classics came crawling out of the celluloid woodwork with regular reckless abandon, 2008 was more calm… and considered. That's not to say that choosing 30 top titles was hard. The difficulty in placing them in some manner of rank order suggests the actual depth of quality involved.

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Iconic - The Top 20 Male Performances of 2008

Like the gladiators of old, 2008 resembles a battle of formidable acting gods, especially when looking over the 20 choices presented below. Indeed, if anything, choosing a winner requires more of a leap of faith than any amount of critical skill - they all were that good.

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Frost/Nixon

No matter Frost/Nixon's efforts to revise it, history will never be the same.

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Frost/Nixon: An Interview with a Vampire

Frank Langella seethes and pulsates with cunning as the deposed president in 'Frost/Nixon', a far cry from the grinning cowboy executive Josh Brolin presented in 'W'.

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Frost/Nixon Stills and Trailer

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Talk, Talk, Talk: December 2008

Just like the end of an inspiring speech that may or may not succeed in making its point, these final four weeks before 2009 tend to define or defeat the entire awards season purpose.

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Death Sentence

Death Sentence is smart enough about its generic limits: the violence is ragingly B, the dialogue goofy, the cops always steps behind.

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Part 4: Challenging Convention

As cinema went completely commercial, abandoning art for artifice, true aesthetic acumen was hard to come by. Luckily, for the movies included herein, it was their difference, as well as their diversity, that helped them stand out from the rest of the high concept hackwork.

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Where the Truth Lies: Unrated Theatrical Version (2005)

As the score swells, the camera reveals a body, a girl seemingly drowned, pale, grotesque, and grim. This, the title hints, is Where the Truth Lies. Except it isn't.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Where the Truth Lies (2005)

In a mystery titled Where the Truth Lies, solving the case is not going to be easy.

Michael Buening
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The Woodsman (2004)

Director Kassell says, 'There's Kyra Sedgwick beating the shit out of Carlos Leon. I love this scene.'"

Cynthia Fuchs
Film

Beauty Shop (2005)

Good news: Queen Latifah is free of wet noodle Jimmy Fallon.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Footloose: Special Collector's Edition (1984)

The dancing might be dated, but the film is not.

Nikki Tranter
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The Woodsman (2004)

Walter (Kevin Bacon) lives in a world perpetually gray.

Cynthia Fuchs
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In the Cut (2003)

'It's all a series of mistaken identities, and how our thinking is like that, that we think we've seen something, but we actually haven't quite seen it all.'"

Cynthia Fuchs
Film

In the Cut (2003)

Their affair proceeds as the steamy-seeming trailers suggest it will, in the interest of promoting Ryan's 'breakout' self-exposure.

Cynthia Fuchs
Film

Mystic River (2003)

While the film doesn't elucidate Jimmy's own violent past, it is clear that he hasn't had misgivings until now.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Trapped (2002)

Scary as this sounds -- Courtney Love channeling Claire Standish or Andie Walsh -- it might explain a few things about what was going on in Trapped.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Big Picture (1989)

'I don't know you, I don't know your work, but I think you're very talented.'"

Stephen Tropiano
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Trapped (2002)

Scary as this sounds -- Courtney Love channeling Claire Standish or Andie Walsh -- it might explain a few things about what was going on in Trapped.

Cynthia Fuchs

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