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'Not Fade Away': NYFF Review Round-Up for 'Soprano' Creator David Chase's Film Debut

"Sopranos"-creator David Chase had his feature directorial debut "Not Fade Away" October 4 at NYFF, to mostly positive response from the early reviewers (catalogued below). Rather than chronicle the rise and fall of successful rock group, "Not Fade Away" tells the story of a band that didn't quite make it in the 1960s. Critics note that the political and contextual backdrop fall second fiddle to young romance and family struggles in the movie. While the history is a little messy, everyone agrees that the music is great.
  • By Maggie Lange and Beth Hanna
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  • October 8, 2012 12:54 PM
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David Chase and Cast Talk 'Not Fade Away': NYFF Review and Press Conference

At the New York Film Festival screening of David Chase's marvelous first feature "Not Fade Away," I felt my spirits lift a little higher with each scene until, by the time the band finally performed an original song for the first time, I was soaring, the way you're supposed to do when you forget you're on the job because there's a real live movie on screen.
  • By Sheerly Avni
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  • October 5, 2012 4:27 PM
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Weekend Preview: Arnold's 'Wuthering Heights,' Meier's 'Sister,' Jarecki's 'House I Live In' & Lee Daniel's Hot Mess

A strong selection of films arrive in theaters this weekend. Not only are "Frankenweenie," "Taken 2" and "V/H/S" fighting for audience attention, there's also Switzerland's powerful Foreign Language Oscar entry from Ursula Meier, "Sister," and Andrea Arnold's "Fish Tank" follow-up, the painfully beatiuful and audacious "Wuthering Heights." Both are must-sees, along with two docs, Eugene Jarecki's Sundance winner, "The House I Live In," an absorbing look at the failed "war on drugs," and "Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 5, 2012 11:40 AM
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Review: Ty Burr's 'Gods Like Us: On Movie Stardom and Modern Fame'

David Thomson, watch out! In the pithy new book "Gods Like Us: On Movie Stardom and Modern Fame," Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr delivers thoughtfully epigrammatic descriptions of movie stars, actors, and celebrities.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 2, 2012 3:21 PM
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Now and Then: 'Looper' and the Future of Sci Fi

Deep into "Looper" we meet Sara (Emily Blunt), a young mother and cane farmer in the year 2044. The moment, for science fiction, is riskily quiet — in the first blush of dusk she mimes lighting a cigarette, taking a slow drag on imagined bliss. It's also, for all the film's nodding at the genre's past, a glimpse of where sci fi is going.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • October 2, 2012 11:59 AM
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Review Roundup: 3-D 'Life of Pi' Dazzles Critics, NYFF Rothman Panel [VIDEO]

Critics are eating up Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" following its NYFF debut on Friday. Raves praising the film's immersive, spectacular use of 3-D, its inspirational pantheistic message and strong performances from the three actors playing Pi are in the majority, with a few outliers wishing for heftier substance over CG smoke and mirrors. Review roundup below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 1, 2012 1:16 PM
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Watch: Reel Geezers Return with Review of PT Anderson's 'The Master' [Video]

Video reviewers Reel Geezers, the self-described "dynamic octogenarian duo," are back on YouTube after a hiatus. What brought them back? "Yeah they didn't die!!!" wrote one commenter. Not to mention Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master."
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • October 1, 2012 6:17 AM
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Hollywood Memoirs Past and Present: from Juicy Langella and Schwarzenegger to Keaton and Marshall

Hollywood memoirs have been movie industry currency for decades. Recently there has been a flurry of books by aging actresses and actors. The newest is “My Mother Was Nuts” by Penny Marshall, which was published by Amazon on September 18th. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story,” which will be for sale in October, promises the whole truth about his affair with his housekeeper and the birth of their [now 14-year-old] son a week after his wife, Maria Shriver, gave birth to their fourth legitimate child.
  • By Aljean Harmetz
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  • September 29, 2012 4:29 PM
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Weekend Preview: 'Looper' & 'Pitch Perfect' Deliver

There could be two home runs at the box office this weekend, as both "Looper" and "Pitch Perfect" score highly with critics. "Looper" delivers the sci-fi thrills and "Pitch Perfect" is both ridiculous and thoroughly enjoyable. There's also a handful of documentaries, plus "Won't Back Down," "Headshot" and "Hotel Transylvania" arriving in theaters. Check out details, reviews and trailers below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 27, 2012 6:35 PM
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Now and Then: 'The Master' and Paul Thomas Anderson's American Quadrilogy

"The Master" is challenging, gorgeous, and forcefully weird, a critical darling and early Oscar contender, but you already knew that. It's also the fourth film in a great, daring, ambitious project to depict the shadow side of our national life over the course of a century — what might be called Paul Thomas Anderson's "American Quadrilogy."
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • September 25, 2012 1:14 PM
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