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    Tribeca Review: Legos Are Hotter Than Ever. This New Documentary Tells You Why.

    "Beyond the Brick: A LEGO Brickumentary" has many of the ingredients of a glorified infomercial, but it makes some valid points about the popularity of Legos today.

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    Tribeca Review: Mental Illness Drama 'Gabriel' Starring Rory Culkin

    When "Gabriel," the debut feature from writer/director Lou Howe, begins, it seems like any other romantic drama about two young people who are very in love. Our title character (Rory Culkin) takes a bus out to his girlfriend's dorm. He bangs on her door, a wadded up piece of a letter balled in his f...

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    Critic's Choice: Three Lively Discoveries From The Tribeca Film Festival

    Here are three lovely, beautifully-realized, low-key films worth catching at the Tribeca Film Festival. Two have well-known actors (though no superstars) and another none at all, but all three surprised me by making familiar ideas or approaches feel excitingly alive on screen

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    Review: Indie Chiller 'Proxy' Mixes Pop Psychology With Horror Movie Clichés

    There's something deeply mysterious to some about pregnancy. It's a beautiful, important, wholly miraculous event that still carries with it an element of the unknown. And that element, that nagging itch at the back of every parent or would-be parent's mind, is the kind of thing that is ripe for cin...

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    Tribeca Review: 'Loitering With Intent' Starring Marisa Tomei And Sam Rockwell

    Writing a movie might be a dramatic process for those in the middle of it, but it's not a terribly cinematic one for those of us watching it unfold. After all, how much emotional and visual oomph can a filmmaker expect to squeeze out of somebody typing into a keyboard (or scribbling in a notebook)? ...

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    Tribeca Review: 'About Alex' Starring Aubrey Plaza, Nate Parker, Jason Ritter And Max Greenfield

    Every generation needs a couple of reunion movies, and in “About Alex," we have another one: first-time writer-director Jesse Zwick doesn't so much swing for the fences as attempt to dribble a single down the baseline. This comedy-drama doesn't reach any untold heights, but with formula pictures lik...

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    Tribeca Review: ‘Alex Of Venice’ Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Don Johnson & Chris Messina

    In the tranquil suburbs of Venice, Alex, an environmental rights attorney, is about to receive one major rude awakening. A workaholic, Alex brings home the bacon, while George, her stay-at-home husband, runs the household, and takes care of both their son Dakota and Alex’s forgetful, pot-smoking fat...

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    Book Review: "The Complete Cul de Sac"

    Although it only lasted in syndication for five years, Richard Thompson’s wonderfully imaginative “Cul de Sac" demonstrated the ongoing viability of the comic strip. Andrews and McMeel is issuing the entire run of the strip in a handsome, boxed set similar to the ones of “The Far Side” and “Calvin a...

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    'Adventure Time' Season 6 Premiere Review: A Lot of Dark Developments, But Still So Fun

    The first two episodes of the sixth season of "Adventure Time," which premiere on Cartoon Network tonight, include the death of a major character, more than one icky dismemberment and one very deadbeat dad.

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    Tribeca Review: 'Champs' Spotlights Career Trajectory Commonalities Of 3 Champion Boxers

    Tribeca Review: 'Champs' Spotlights Career Trajectory Commonalities Of 3 Champion Boxers

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