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    Thoughts on TD Jakes' "Woman Thou Art Loosed: On The 7th Day" By Kia Barbee

    Screenwriter Kia Barbee (@kiabarbee) from Elmhurst Entertainment, an occassional S&A contributor and avid reader, agreed to give us some of her thoughts in this short review of TD Jakes' Woman Thou Art Loosed: On The 7th Day, co-written and directed by Neema Barnette.

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    Now and Then: Werner Herzog's Matters of Life and Death

    Paranoia has long been Werner Herzog's preferred tropic, morbidity his comfort zone. His films brim with self-inflicted wounds, crazed schemers, and ruinous hubris. "Into the Abyss" is different; it shifts the frame. We have seen the enemy, and he is us.

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    'The Day He Arrives' and 'Oki's Movie' Are the Paragons of Hong Sang-Soo's Filmmaking

    "Not many people have seen my films," says the impulsive filmmaker at the center of "The Day He Arrives," the characteristically rambling character study from Korean director Hong Sang-soo. In one of many cases where art imitates life in a Hong movie, Seongjun's complaint reflects the general unfami...

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    Sex & the Gritty: Lena Dunham's 'Girls' Pilot is Coarse, Sensitive, and Promising

    The most compelling aspect of Lena Dunham's HBO series "Girls" is a tone and spirit that balances sincerity and satire. When the goofy protagonist Hannah (Dunham) proclaims in the first scene that she is "busy trying to become who I am," the series arrives with a strong, clear voice.

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    'Mad Men' Episode 5 Review and Recap: In 'Signal 30,' Pete and Lane Throw Feeble Punches at Despair

    In Sunday's all-new "Mad Men" episode, death and despair continue to seep into the big picture. But in the midst of sniper shootings, highway crashes and men who "have nothing," is there a faint signal of hope?

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    Best of TOH Week That Was: In the Works, Fests, Interviews, Tarantino Updates, and Woody Allen Comes Home

    Weekend movie guide: We recommend "The Cabin in the Woods" (our review here) and "The Lady" (Weekend Preview). For something more retro, Immersed in Movies reviews the restored "Two for the Road" (which will debut at TCM Classic Film Fest). For a thoughtful Foreign Oscar nominee, try "Monsieur Lazh...

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    'Justified,' and 'Southland' Finales: Meet Hardboiled Director Don Siegel

    Watching the final few episodes of "Justified" (which ended its season this week) as well as "Southland" and the more pretentious "The Killing," I found myself thinking about Don Siegel, the mid-century hardboiled director whose films epitomized an unpretentious, corrosive vein of American cinema.

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    Immersed in Movies: A Restored 'Two for the Road' Premieres at the TCM Festival

    Of all the restorations being touted at this weekend's third annual TCM Classic Film Festival, the one I'm most excited about is "Two for the Road," screening Friday at the Chinese (with a guest appearance by director Stanley Donen). The Mod, bittersweet, time-warping rom-com from 1967 has Audrey He...

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    What to See, What to Skip: New Reviews This Week

    As summer inches closer, the weekends are getting ever more crowded with new releases and this week is no exception. Big news this week is that the Joss Whedon produced horror movie "The Cabin in the Woods" is finally hitting theaters after years of delay. Also opening this week: "The Three Stooge...

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    The Secrets of Monsieur Lazhar

    Monsieur Lazhar may have lost the Best Foreign Language Oscar to A Separation – I can’t argue with that; A Separation is extraordinary – but if any film could have given it a real challenge, it might have been this unexpectedly powerful, subtle little film from Canada: exquisi...

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