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    REVIEW | Horror in the Kitchen: Joe Maggio's "Bitter Feast"

    A contemporary riff on "Misery" with a culinary twist, "Bitter Feast" may provide the first horror movie aimed at foodies. Director Joe Maggio ("Paper Covers Rock") makes his inaugural foray into the horror genre with a competent, familiar captivity narrative, resulting in less torture porn than foo...

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    Big Screen | Top 5: From "Carlos" to London Film Festival, This Week's Theatrical Best Bets

    As noted in yesterday's "Small Screen" column, "Big Screen" is back and brings with it a bit of a facelift. Each week, five recommendations for theatrical viewing pleasure will be made in list form, taking on everything from new releases to film festivals to curated series around the world. From a 5...

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    REVIEW | "Carlos" Cutbacks: The Theatrical Cut in Focus

    When "Carlos" arrived at the Cannes Film Festival in May, it was dubbed a masterpiece long before its first screening, and easily fulfilled expectations when it dominated the day of its premiere. Olivier Assayas's sprawling five-and-a-half hour chronicle of the famed Venezuelan terrorist born Ilich ...

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    REVIEW | Based on a Predictable Story: Tony Goldwyn's "Conviction"

    Tony Goldwyn's "Conviction" opens with that all-too-familiar title card announcing its basis in a true story. That alone provides no cause for alarm, but the decision to establish the movie's central hook in the opening minutes immediately lessens its particular dramatic weight. As Betty Anne Waters, the Rhode Island resident who put herself through law school for the sole reason of exonerating her brother from wrongful murder charges, Hilary Swank explains her entire quest to a friend. The premise comes before the journey, which promptly begins in a flashback that goes through the typical motions of a Lifetime movie, albeit one made bearable...

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    A Towering Figure—And A Towering Book

    BOOK REVIEW — EMPIRE OF DREAMS: THE EPIC LIFE OF CECIL B. DeMILLE by Scott Eyman (Simon & Schuster)

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    film review: Nowhere Boy

    I saw this film in the best possible way: I didn’t know what it was about before I attended an early screening. I found it to be a moving look at a teenage boy’s struggles with his splintered family in England during the 1960s. When I realized the protagonist was John Lennon, it made ...

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    A Primer on Plympton: The Animator At His Best With "Idiots and Angels"

    Animators are generally an odd, whimsical bunch, but the studios have figured out how to tame them. Many of the latest refined animated offerings from Disney and Dreamworks mask the unkempt artistic voices behind them. In a healthy contrast, the entire career of Bill Plympton represents that rarefie...

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    Americana in Microcosm: Jeff Malmberg's “Marwencol”

    This review was originally published during indieWIRE's coverage of SXSW. "Marwencol" opens at the IFC Center in New York, October 8.

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    De Niro Versus Norton: John Curran's "Stone"

    This review was originally published during indieWIRE's coverage of the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. "Stone" hits select theaters this Friday, October 8.

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