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Max And The Junkmen

Finally released in the US, Claude Sautet’s 1971 "Max and The Junkmen" has more in common with American anti-hero detective and police procedurals of that era than it's French counterparts. Early Sautet films, like the Italo-French crime film "Classes tout risques" (available from Criterion), and the hard to find gunrunning ... Full story

In The Shadow

David Ondříček's Noirish political thriller "In The Shadow" (Ve Stínu), the Czech 2012 Oscar submission, takes time to develop mood an character. I was reminded of Cold War Noirs like Wellman's "The Iron Curtain", Saville's "Conspirator", Hathaway's "Diplomatic Courier" or ... Full story

A Royal Affair, One of the nine films in Oscar's Short List forthe Best Foreign Language Film Award

His name is Mads Mikkelsen, and like all great movie stars he has his own unique way of burning screen and leaving you breathless and wondering, how the hell does he do it? Enter the royal court of Danish king ... Full story

For Spacious Skies

Broadway assistant director- choreographer Coy Middlebrook's heartfelt short family drama "For Spacious Skies" packs more emotional punch and story telling than many of this year's feature films. Three brothers take a redemptive car trip played out against the 2008 election.The ... Full story

The Central Park Five

Ken Burns an co-directors David McMahon and Sarah Burns tell a straight forward story ripped from the headlines of 1989. New York City , under Mayor Ed Koch, was struggling with a major crime situation fueled by crack and an ... Full story

And I On the Opposite Shore

"And I On the Opposite Shore" is a mystery surrounding two Haitian couples, one adrift on a boat out at sea while another vacations on a beach resort in Florida. Their lives seem very different yet may share an enigmatic ... Full story

Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus's SEXY BABY

Documentarians Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus's " Sexy Baby", takes a tough look at the obsession with sexuality fueled by social media and Internet sites. A flood of sexting, and easy access to porn sites, unimaginable a decade ago creates ... Full story

Anurag Basu's BARFI

Anurag Basu's enchanting love story "Barfi" has been selected as India's official Oscar submission. Released by Disney India, "Barfi"  captures the feel good quality of the Golden Age of Disney films of the 60's and 70's.Basu portrays an endearing love ... Full story

Lorraine Levy's "The Other Son"

French writer-director Lorraine Levy's "The Other Son" aptly uses a trope of classical theatre, two babies switched at birth, to dig at the tragic ironies of the Arab-Jewish problem.The familiar plot device appears in Restoration and Elizabethan comedies, Gilbert and ... Full story

Suicide Room - Polish Film Festival LA

Polish writer/director Jan Komasa’s Suicide Room is a dark exploration of emo culture and modern youth culture at large. In his ambitious independent debut, Komasa weaves together elements of social media—Facebook, web chats, 3-D virtual environments, and mobile uploads—to reveal ... Full story

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