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Presiding over Accidents in Orson Welles's 'Othello '

For Welles, the director is "the man who presides over accidents but doesn't make them" and never were there more accidents over which to preside for Welles than in Othello.

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'Tis Autumn: The Search for Jackie Paris

When he sizzled: This tells of the bittersweet odyssey of “Skylark” Jackie Paris.

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Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream

Initially available only as an exclusive Best Buy box set, Peter Bogdanovich's four-hour documentary on the making of an American rock 'n' roll institution is re-released in a two-disc edition, available anywhere.

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Dedication

It's Henry's movie, and for all his eccentricities and fixations and rages, he's a very conventional man.

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Broken English (2007)

Parker Posey's performance during these potentially too-precious moments of anticipation is perfect.

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Directed by John Ford

Ford's brusque manner is well known, inspiring equal parts fear, respect, and awe among the many interviewees assembled for this look-back at his career and reputation.

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Infamous (2006)

When Truman quite gleefully describes his plan to use 'fictional techniques' to tell his nonfiction story, to shape the Clutter murders as an emblem of cultural malaise, Nelle insists on a knowable distinction between fact and fiction.

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Edge of Outside

As much as the lines between 'independent' and 'mainstream' movies seem impossibly blurred, the impulse to mark their difference appears irresistible.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Thing Called Love: Director's Cut (1993)

Country music provides a roadmap, guiding the characters away from disillusionment and toward a simpler, more straightforward way of life.

Mary Colgan
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Hustle (2004)

Pete Rose so badly wants people to think he's a good guy that he presents Rose the legend, never Rose the man.

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Targets (1968)

Draws parallels between Bobby and Charles Whitman, though there's a much larger issue at stake: the availability of guns, at the root of the rise of violence in America.

Stephen Tropiano
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The Cat's Meow (2002)

'The Cat's Meow' insists, you can't go back to the good old days, because they were never so good as you think they were.

Cynthia Fuchs

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