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Short kings

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There are no small parts in movies — only those that are long and those that are short. That was the philosophy British filmmaker Michael...

Hollywood gate crashers

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They play together and laugh, eat meals, discuss school and tend to the garden. They’re just like other families, except for one crucial detail:...

Room for improvement

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Of all the film fests hit hard these past four years, none took it on the chin quite like the Sundance Film Festival. First, there...

Cinema springs eternal

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You could see Stanley Kubrick’s iconic anti-war film Paths of Glory (Jan. 30). Or maybe you’ll check out Kasi Lemmons’ feature debut Eve’s Bayou...

Forget the Alamo, remember ‘Lone Star’

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A skull has turned up in the desert along the Texas-Mexico border, and near it lies a sheriff’s badge. So opens John Sayles’ 1996 Lone Star...

Bestselling book, midlevel movie

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It’s not about race; it’s about caste — the system of injustice and subjugation that persists, generation from generation, resistant to the individuals who...

Scrappy little somebody

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If you’re an independent filmmaker, getting into the Sundance Film Festival is high on your wishlist. “It’s such a big festival, and it’s such an...

Straight, no chaser

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Some people bite the hand that feeds them. American Fiction’s Thelonious “Monk” Ellison wants to chew it whole and spit it back out. Before we...

Now and then

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I love lists. Lists bring order to my day: what to do, what to watch, what to read, what to listen to. Lists provide...

Off to the races

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Enzo Ferrari wants to win. Before he was the founder of the Italian luxury car manufacturer Ferrari S.p.A. and the similarly named Grand Prix...

Always on my mind

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Some people are never more alone than they are in the company of others. Adam is such a person. Adam (Andrew Scott) is a screenwriter...

Who needs a swan song?

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Golden Era Hollywood screenwriter Frank S. Nugent once described story as a disturbance of the status quo: “Something happens to upset it; the disturbance...