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Tribeca Fest: Controversial Art Doc 'Portrait of Wally,' Audience Award Winners

Andrew Shea's art doc 'Portrait of Wally,' which documents the tug-of-war surrounding a controversial Egon Schiele painting, played at Tribeca Saturday night, and earned some strong early reviews: Variety:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 29, 2012 3:15 PM
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Best of TOH Weekly Wrap: CinemaCon, Tribeca, San Francisco, Reviews, Interviews, In the Works and More

Weekend Preview: What to watch from "Raven" to "Five-Year Engagement" to "Elles."
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  • April 27, 2012 7:44 PM
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Weekend Preview: From 'Raven' and 'Five-Year Engagement' to 'Headhunters' and 'Elles'

Among the many new releases this week, the Edgar Allen Poe inspired "The Raven" and NC-17 French exploration of female sexuality, "Elles," have the steepest climb in the eyes of the critics, sitting at 19% and 25% on the Tomatometer, respectively...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 27, 2012 12:20 PM
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Review: Cusack and McTeigue's 'The Raven' Does Not Live Up to Literary Promise

Since his ‘90s heyday, John Cusack has seemed plagued by a never-ending struggle to find roles that fit his watchable talents with anything resembling snugness. Where he once made funky-weird blockbusters like "Con Air," bringing his patented brand of wry, whip-smart detachment to the outlandishness unfolding before his eyes,..
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • April 26, 2012 9:15 PM
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Tribeca Review: Shouted, Not Stirred: The Imperturbable James Franco

James Franco is inescapable. The actor/writer/student/etc. is to movies what the recently deceased NY Met Gary Carter was to paid endorsements. He’s everywhere.
  • By David D'Arcy
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  • April 25, 2012 3:05 PM
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Now and Then: Old-School Horror Is All in Your Head

The most innovative thing about writer-director Ti West's "The Innkeepers" (on DVD today) is how low-fi it plays. The gore is minimal, the music restrained, the body count limited. Call it the rebirth of the classic American horror picture.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • April 24, 2012 7:20 AM
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SFIFF Review: World Premiere of Terrorist-Savvy 'Informant'

"Informant" has timing on its side. The documentary by Jamie Meltzer, told mostly in the voice of Brandon Darby, is an activist’s journey from the post-Katrina ruins of New Orleans, to Venezuela and Colombia, and back the United States, where Darby sours on his former comrades and ends up working for the FBI.
  • By David D'Arcy
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  • April 23, 2012 4:02 PM
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Premiere at Tribeca, Sell at Cannes – The Israeli Solution?

In Tribeca 2012 there are three Israeli features, considered by critics who saw them in pre-festival screenings to be among the best in Tribeca’s offerings this year. They are "Yossi," by Eytan Fox; "Room 514," a first film by Sharon Bar-Ziv, shot in one room; and "The Flat," Arnon Goldfinger's documentary.
  • By David D'Arcy
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  • April 23, 2012 1:03 PM
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Tribeca Fest Review: 'Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story' Takes Us Back to 1960s South

“Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story” is a tragic tale about a black Mississippian who lost his life after television gave him 15 minutes of fame. The doc is also a micro-history of the dark days of the segregationist South, as seen through the life and death of a man who’s described as an accidental activist.
  • By David D'Arcy
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  • April 23, 2012 12:51 PM
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'Mad Men' Episode 6 Review and Recap: 'Far Away Places' and Wrinkles in Time

In Sunday's all-new "Mad Men" episode, the blissful promise of escape tempts Don, Peggy and Roger. Yet time is a prison -- and keeps us guessing.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 23, 2012 5:42 AM
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