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Hannah Horvath from GIRLS Is the Last Thing the Iowa Writers' Workshop Needs

By sending Hannah Horvath (Lena Dunham) off to Iowa City for two years at the Writer's Workshop, HBO's "Girls" is giving not just the Workshop but the discipline of creative writing in general exactly what it doesn't need: a bad rap.
  • By Seth Abramson
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  • March 31, 2014 3:54 AM
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ARIELLE BERNSTEIN: Orphans, Refugees, and Architectural Spaces: The Dream of THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

Wes Anderson’s latest film, "The Grand Budapest Hotel," is about human spaces as much as it is about people.
  • By Arielle Bernstein
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  • March 28, 2014 1:05 PM
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Better Red Than Dead: Director Gabe Polsky Revisits the Cold War Through Hockey

Filmmaker Gabe Polsky’s upcoming documentary RED ARMY “tells the story of the most dominant sports team in history: the Soviet Union’s Red Army ice hockey team.”
  • By Mike Spry
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  • March 27, 2014 12:17 PM
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The Hour is Getting Late: The Outsider Status of INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS

The members of the Academy need to realize that rather than shunning films such as the Coens’ in favour of anodyne blockbusters like "Gravity," they ought to be embracing the offbeat and the idiosyncratic, conquering their addiction to black-and-white morality and succumbing to the deeper pull of ambiguity and nuance.
  • By John Carvill
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  • March 25, 2014 3:23 PM
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What's Behind the Puzzling Bum Rap TRUE DETECTIVE Has Gotten?

There's something about the recently concluded first season of the HBO program "True Detective" that's driven certain normally cogent television critics batty. Usually one can follow naysayers' objections to a program's narrative arc or episode-to-episode execution, but in the case of "True Detective" almost nothing the critics are saying adds up.
  • By Seth Abramson
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  • March 21, 2014 12:24 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Rough and Ready: The Return of the Microcinema

In a time of technological haste and overt content consumption, the microcinema offers up an old-school rhetoric that invites moviegoers to look back on films that challenged norms, to look forward to the new works that are breaking the traditional narrative structure, and to open up an offline, in-person dialogue with their fellow cinephiles.
  • By Nelson Carvajal
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  • March 19, 2014 11:54 AM
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METAMERICANA: SOUTH PARK: THE STICK OF TRUTH Is a Fantasy RPG That’s All Too Real

Playing "South Park: The Stick of Truth" is the equivalent of being a role-playing kid who’s role-playing a role-playing game. But as with so much meta-art, these several levels of remove from the “real” thing feel as or more real than the “originals.”
  • By Seth Abramson
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  • March 14, 2014 2:07 PM
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Director Chiemi Karasawa on Elaine Stritch, Documentaries & Working With Spike Jonze

Chiemi Karasawa on working with Spike Jonze: "He is not afraid of experimentation. He’s not afraid of the first take. He’s not afraid to roll camera without a rehearsal. He exploits the spontaneity of the situation, the authenticity of response."
  • By Meredith Alloway
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  • March 13, 2014 2:10 PM
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13 Ways in Which RED RIDING Can Satisfy Your Jones for TRUE DETECTIVE

So how are you going to quench that thirst for a tall glass of hardboiled noir topped with a side order of pedophile rings, smothered in police corruption until Season 2 of "True Detective"—if there is one? Try "Red Riding," based on David Peace’s books, "The Red-Riding Quartet."
  • By Jennifer L. Knox
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  • March 10, 2014 1:17 PM
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Wes Anderson's THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL: A Vivid Self-Portrait

Wes Anderson’s latest creation is an exquisite expression of his style and, perhaps, of his own character too.
  • By Kayleigh Butera
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  • March 7, 2014 1:30 PM
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