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2012 Year in Film: The Studios Stepped up, But Independent and International Still Tops

Brian Formo | Posted 02.27.2013 | Los Angeles
Brian Formo

While studios did have a stellar year, the bests came from the independent and international films this year, with career highs, autueristic re-enforcers, welcome cinematic returns and new visionaries. Here's my round-up of the 10 best films released in 2012.

Live From the Dubai International Film Festival: Day 5

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.13.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

At 71, director Michael Apted feels he's far from finished working in film -- though it gets increasingly difficult to make the kind of movies he most wants to make.

AFI Roundup: Audience and Jury Awards Announced, and Reviews of Tabu, Antiviral and Tchoupitoulas

Brian Formo | Posted 01.13.2013 | Los Angeles
Brian Formo

The 26th Annual AFI Film Festival ended in Hollywood on November 9. The winners from the jury and the audience are listed here, but first, I wanted to write a little about a film from each category that didn't win, but I felt should get a special mention.

Tabu and the Arrival of a Master Filmmaker

Erica Abeel | Posted 12.02.2012 | Entertainment
Erica Abeel

A universe apart, Tabu conveys romantic longing among the foothills of Mount Tabu, where lovers play out their affair under the eyes of a watchful, mystical crocodile. Unlike the treacly The Artist, Tabu places demands on the viewer. Can American filmgoers embrace this rapturous film?

Could South Libya Become Its Own State?

AP | RAMI AL-SHAHEIBI | Posted 05.28.2012 | World

TRIPOLI, Libya — A Libyan tribe threatened Wednesday to declare a separate state in Libya's south after days of bloody battles with a rival trib...