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Review: Mystery Doc 'The Galapagos Affair' a Riveting Reconstruction of Paradise Gone to Hell

Jean-Paul Sartre wrote that Hell is other people. Several of the ill-fated subjects at the center of Daniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine’s riveting historical mystery documentary “The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden” would have probably agreed with him.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 1, 2014 12:10 PM
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Review: Oscar Nominated 'Omar' a Taut Thriller about Paranoia's Occupation of the Soul

Hany Abu-Assad’s smart thriller “Omar,” which has been nominated for the Best Foreign-Language Oscar, is like a modern-day “Romeo & Juliet” tale, if Romeo were a double agent in the middle of the West Bank.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 18, 2014 11:35 AM
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Best of the Week: Guilds Reveal Oscar Frontrunners, Seven Box Office Trends Studios Shouldn't Ignore & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • January 11, 2014 12:20 PM
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CINE-LIST: Five International Cinema Highlights from the Palm Springs Film Festival

Palm Springs International Film Festival excels in its foreign cinema selection, offering up the must-see buzzy titles, but also the lesser-known, equally worthy entries. By this point everyone knows that, say, Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises" or Thomas Vinterberg's "The Hunt" can't be missed. But what are some international films a bit more off the beaten track? Cine-List has five selections, from Kazakhstan to Argentina:
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 9, 2014 4:13 PM
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Palm Springs International Film Fest to Honor Lupita Nyong'o and Composer Thomas Newman

The 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival will honor Lupita Nyong’o with the Breakthrough Performance Award for her turn as young slave Patsy in “12 Years a Slave,” and Thomas Newman with the Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing for Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks” at its annual Awards Gala on January 4.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 9, 2013 3:02 PM
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Steve McQueen to Receive Director of the Year Award at Palm Springs International Film Fest UPDATED

UPDATE:The 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Fest will honor "12 Years a Slave" director Steve McQueen with its Director of the Year Award. The honor will be presented to McQueen on January 4 at an awards gala that also includes honorees Bruce Dern ("Nebraska"), Sandra Bullock ("Gravity") and Matthew McConaughey ("Dallas Buyers Club").
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 21, 2013 12:11 PM
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Awards Season Update and Calendar: Critics and Guilds Pack in Movies in Order to Vote in Wide Open Race

Lots of news coming in today on the awards season front.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 19, 2013 3:50 PM
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Palm Springs International Festival of Shorts: Panels, Experts, Sharp Intel

The best place to see the big ol’ Super Moon this weekend was probably Palm Springs, which was definitely the best place to watch the 300-odd shorts films assembled by Kathleen McInnis and the big ol’ Palm Springs International Festival of – yes -- Short Films. While the locals went to the movies, the hundreds of attending shorts-makers -- especially those who don’t want to remain shorts-makers -- networked, partied (same thing) and availed themselves of the panels McInnis coordinates each year, in an effort to provide news-you-can-use for fledgling directors, producers and writers.
  • By John Anderson
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  • June 23, 2013 9:59 PM
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Review: Oscar-Nominated 'War Witch' Sees Trauma Through the Haunted Lens of Magical Realism

“War Witch,” Canada’s Oscar-nominated Foreign-Language entry, centers on a young African girl’s abduction into a rebel army, her escape, and the slow, painful process of liberating herself from the army’s traumatic, devastating reach. It is directed by French-Canadian Kim Nguyen, and is the second feature film in history to be shot in Kinshasa of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 28, 2013 1:50 PM
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Palm Springs 2013: Award Winners, Plus 'Unfinished Song,' Denmark's 'A Hijacking' and 'This Life,' Alan Cumming in Conversation

The 24th Palm Springs Film Festival closed Sunday after 182 films from some 68 countries played for an audience of local enthusiasts and out-of-towners with an appetite for the best in foreign and domestic cinema.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 14, 2013 10:20 PM
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