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On the Socially Conscious Filmmaker, Sidney Lumet

Maura Spiegel's biography provides a thorough and compelling look at the life and films of the progressive New York icon filmmaker, Sidney Lumet.

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The Pragmatic Anarchy of the Long Take

The Long Take can at once be subtle enough to be missed by the audience and astounding enough to entrance that same audience... depending on who is paying attention.

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The 100 Essential Directors Part 6: Ernst Lubitsch to Vincente Minnelli

Today runs the gamut. Hollywood to indie art house, female perspective to male, screwball comedy to chamber drama. The odyssey from Ernst Lubitsch to Vincente Minnelli will provide illumination on how film's first special effects were used, how two brothers presciently preceded reality TV in the Hamptons, and why some directors prefer to work about once a decade on average...

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In Memory of Sidney Lumet: Celebrating 'Serpico'

The '70s is the decade in which Lumet did his best work, and that work does the near-impossible: it totally reflects its time and provides indelible commentary on -- and for -- that era; while managing to anticipate our world, almost 40 years later. This is beyond prescient and bordering on prophetic.

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Love Sidney: Sidney Lumet (1924-2011)

There wasn't just one dimension to what (Lumet) did behind the lens. The same could be said for him personally as well.

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A Bunch of Blu 5

On the high-def agenda this time around: The Last Airbender, Salon Kitty, The Wiz, Charlie St. Cloud, and The Kids Are All Right.

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Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

What a quirky pair of brothers do Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke make.

Matthew Sorrento
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Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

Family tensions run high throughout Before the Devil Knows You're Dead.

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Paul Newman's Influential, Classic Performances in The Hustler and The Verdict

In an era of relatively reserved American cinema, when most actors would be concerned with their images as leading men, Newman was not afraid to experiment and go with his artistic impulses.

Matt Mazur
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Find Me Guilty (2006)

All dressed up but not much to say.

Jesse Hassenger
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Find Me Guilty (2006)

You might find Vin Diesel guilty of any number of offenses in Sidney Lumet's new film. First, his hair.

Cynthia Fuchs

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