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Venice Film Festival Diary: 'Black Souls,' "Heaven Knows What,' "Goodnight Mommy'

The dark days of Venice continue. It’s not easy starting your morning with a film called “Black Souls” but someone has to do it. Italian director Francisco Munzi’s tale of a Calabrian family embroiled in the mafia gave me a stomach ache, partly because of the sense of dread it successfully exported from the opening shot, and partly because it never quite achieves what it seems to be going for.
  • By Tom Christie
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  • September 1, 2014 6:20 AM
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'Wild' Screens For the First Time on Telluride Opening Day (REVIEW)

The Telluride Film Festival opened with Reese Witherspoon hiking adventure "Wild," from the director of "Dallas Buyer's Club."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 29, 2014 7:57 PM
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15 Must-See Modern Noirs (CLIPS)

The noir since 1960 is like pornography: it's hard to describe, but you know it when you see it. With "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" in theaters, it may be time to tackle the question more directly. To paraphrase Paul Schrader, what is a (modern) film noir?
  • By TOH!
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  • August 29, 2014 5:17 PM
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Rory Kennedy Doc 'Last Days in Vietnam' Celebrates Heroes (VIDEO)

"There are a lot of lessons from this film," says Rory Kennedy at the Q & A for "Last Days in Vietnam," "that apply to some of challenges we are facing today. One of the big ones is to have an exit strategy planned out when you go into a war, think that through form the beginning."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 27, 2014 6:16 PM
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'Birdman' Debuts at Venice to Rave Reviews: "Savagely Sweet"

We're off to the races. Venice Film Festival opener "Birdman," from always-compelling Alejandro G. Inarritu, has earned raves from its first set of reviewers. I will participate in the next round, which is Telluride. (We'll know the official line-up Thursday.) The film closes the New York Film Festival in October.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 27, 2014 12:54 PM
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Review & Roundup: 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' Is Black, White and Flat All Over

Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez's "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" promises more sex, violence, shadows and noir-y intrigue. As for the notices so far? Well, let's just say that the critics aren't finding the color palette the only thing about the film that's monotone.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 21, 2014 2:24 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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'Legends': Twisty Sean Bean Spy Series from Producers of 'Homeland'

Sean Bean, shockingly rendered headless in the first season of "Game of Thrones," may be the strongest incarnation yet of the alienated espionage prodigy that has become the trademark of the show's auteur showrunner, "24"-veteran Howard Gordon.
  • By David Chute
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  • August 13, 2014 9:46 PM
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