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The 34th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival: A Religious Experience

The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival has an enthusiastic and loyal audience, some of whom see every single film on offer, made possible because the festival unspools, mostly, in one theater at a time.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • August 21, 2014 10:30 AM
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New York Film Festival Unveils Auteur-Packed Doc Lineup

New York's Film Society of Lincoln Center has revealed its Spotlight on Documentary lineup for the 52nd New York Film Festival (September 26-October 12). Documentary filmmakers presenting new works include Les Blank, Debra Granik, Albert Maysles, Martin Scorsese, Frederick Wiseman, Ethan Hawke, among others.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 19, 2014 4:11 PM
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Toronto Preview: Mavericks and Doc Speakers, and a New Studio Ghibli Doc

More and more, film festivals are relying on more than film programming to lure audiences. The expansive Toronto International Film Festival is no exception. This year's Mavericks lineup of eight speakers in a Q & A format is high profile indeed. Perhaps to make up for world premiering "Wild" at Telluride, producer-star Reese Witherspoon will do a conversation about that dilm and "The Good Lie."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 19, 2014 2:25 PM
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Best of the Week: Remembering Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall, and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • August 16, 2014 2:32 PM
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Screen Talk: Remembering Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall, New Director/TV Paradigm, Festival Update, Emmys, Week's Picks

On this week's Screen Talk podcast (available on iTunes), Indiewire critic Eric Kohn and I remember Lauren Bacall and Robin Williams, look at the new director paradigm on television pioneered by Cary Fukunaga and Steven Soderbergh in "True Detective" and "The Knick," respectively, talk "Outlander" and Emmys, latest festival news and make our picks of the week.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 15, 2014 1:36 PM
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Science Chases the Impossible in Todd Miller's Moving, Provocative Doc 'Dinosaur 13' (TRAILER)

One of the most impressive things about “Dinosaur 13," Todd Miller’s moving documentary that premiered at Sundance and hits theaters August 15 from Lionsgate, is that it makes the audience realize -- and feel -- what it means to lose something incredibly important. A spouse? No. A child? Not quite.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 15, 2014 1:11 PM
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'Frank,' Starring Michael Fassbender Wearing a Giant Fake Head, Totally Rocks (TRAILER)

In Lenny Abrahamson’s lovely film ‘Frank,’ Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) is a would-be musician who works an office job by day. It’s possible he doesn’t have a lot of talent.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 14, 2014 6:42 PM
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Kickstarter Film Festival Hits Los Angeles

Kickstarter has made a lot of projects possible, including many films, and as there are more Kickstarter creators in Los Angeles than anywhere in the world, the crowdsourcing site is continuing the 4th Annual Kickstarter Film Festival--which launched in Brooklyn's Fort Greene (where the company is headquartered) on July 18 --in Los Angeles. London is still to come.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 14, 2014 5:13 PM
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TIFF Brings International Trailblazers Into the Spotlight with Asian Film Summit, Doc Talks & More

As the lineup shakes out, the 39th Toronto Film Festival is making way for what looks to be its most global program yet.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 14, 2014 2:43 PM
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'Fury' Starring Brad Pitt Closes London Film Festival in Bid for Oscar Contention

David Ayer's "Fury" is a movie I want to see. That's because Ayer is a visceral, innovative director who pulls strong performances from his actors, from Christian Bale and Freddy Rodriguez in "Harsh Times" to Michael Pena and Jake Gyllenhaal in hand-held indie "End of Watch," which made my 2012 Ten Best List. But trying to figure out "Fury" as an Oscar contender is another matter. Clearly Sony is pushing the movie into the awards corridor, moving up its release date from November to October in order to accommodate a closing night berth at the London Film Festival.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 14, 2014 1:17 PM
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