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Penguins of Madagascar

From its icily satirical start—mocking nature docs, especially March of the Penguins, under the doleful, Teutonic direction of Werner Herzog, voicing himself—to its madcap, monsters-in-Manhattan mega...
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Cracks and masks

“No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be true.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne It̵...
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Lauren Bacall tribute

In its flashbulb-brightness and velvety red-carpet sheen, silver-screen fame often seems fated after the fact. Lauren Bacall’s life seemed torn from a script, though she became a Hollywood gold...
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Rectify wrestles with innocence and loss

Launched back in 1996 by Robert Redford as Sundance Channel, what’s now SundanceTV lit out from movies into original programming in the early ’00s. But no show reflects better on Redford&...
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Style creating substance

Paolo Sorrentino reminds us not so much of cinematic style over substance as big-screen style leading, even creating, substance; from gliding cameras, 180-degree twists, illusions of angle, and depth...
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Mom and Dad do sexxx education

Sixty-nine years ago—It’s A Wonderful Life still a twinkle in the eye of Frank Capra’s production company; the Second World War nearing its horrific big-bang of an ending; the baby boom j...
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EFS Fall Film Series

From its giant hilltop letters to its poster boys, cover girls, marquee names and trophy shows, Hollywood’s publicity machine is all about stars’ signs. Tinseltown realized, and idealized...