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Stress-Busting Game Play

0 Comments | Posted October 31, 2008 | 8:56 PM

On the cusp of electing a new president, and in the midst of unprecedented economic uncertainty and geo-political shifts, there's plenty of garden-variety stress to go around. More people are looking for ways to escape from reality these days. Right?

Many are finding relief by indulging in casual games...

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New Year's Eve (It Still Sucks): In Search of a Midnight Kiss

0 Comments | Posted May 6, 2007 | 5:02 PM

"I think L.A. is where love comes to die. I haven't met one couple who's moved out here who's actually made it," muses Wilson, the depressed, hunkered down 29-year-old writer and protagonist in Alex Holdridge's charming indie flick In Search of a Midnight Kiss.

Poor Wilson. Nothing's gone right for...

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Childhood Interrupted: Postcards from Tora Bora

0 Comments | Posted May 4, 2007 | 11:51 PM

A show of hands: How well do you recall the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan (circa 1979)? Not so much, eh?

Let Postcards from Tora Bora serve as a refresher course then. The film is Wazhmah Osman's emotionally resonant and colorful portrait of her childhood in Afghanistan and a reminder of...

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In Harm's Way, A Portrait of Grief: Jerabek

0 Comments | Posted April 29, 2007 | 4:09 PM

How does a family come to terms with the loss of a beloved son/brother/grandson in Iraq, even as another one of its own considers enlisting in the Marines to potentially suffer the same fate?

This is the situation presented in Jerabek, a closely-observed story that chronicles a Green Bay,...

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Shot on a Cell Phone, But Not in Afghanistan

0 Comments | Posted April 28, 2007 | 11:49 PM

For more than a year, filmmaker Cyrus Frisch heard and observed growing tensions between Dutch and immigrant kids beneath his office window in central Amsterdam. As he worked on another film, he began shooting the heckling occurring in the plaza - with his cell phone camera. The 70-minute avant garde...

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Seeing I Am An American Solider: One Year In Iraq With The 101st Airborne

0 Comments | Posted April 28, 2007 | 1:35 AM

Director John Laurence is a veteran, old-school news journalist who reported from Vietnam in 1970 and was embedded with the 101st Airborne in 2003. His new documentary, I Am An American Solider: One Year In Iraq With The 101st Airborne, would appear to be this year's War Tapes ...

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Media Cannibal Redux

0 Comments | Posted March 16, 2007 | 10:46 PM

Chomping away at the jerky shenanigans of reality TV show productions never tasted so good.

A little less than a year after their film debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival, the directors of the indie documentary "American Cannibal: The Road to Reality" pull the trigger today on a national release...

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Pashas and Pistachios in The Yacoubian Building

0 Comments | Posted May 8, 2006 | 8:48 PM

Huffington Post Blogs the Tribeca Film Festival Lucky for us, the Tribeca Film Festival is an incredible showcase for world cinema, screening films from all over the globe, large and small. One of the most highly touted...

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Building and Demolishing in The Architect

0 Comments | Posted May 5, 2006 | 2:03 PM

Huffington Post Blogs the Tribeca Film Festival

In The Architect, Anthony LaPaglia gives a subtle yet textured performance as Leo Waters, a self-important middle-aged architect who lives with his quietly dysfunctional family in the suburbs of Chicago....

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Building and Demolishing in The Architect

0 Comments | Posted May 4, 2006 | 11:44 AM

Huffington Post Blogs the Tribeca Film Festival

In The Architect, Anthony LaPaglia gives a subtle yet textured performance as Leo Waters, a self-important middle-aged architect who lives with his quietly dysfunctional family in the suburbs of Chicago....

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Chronicling Iraq: The War Tapes

0 Comments | Posted May 2, 2006 | 6:09 PM

Huffington Post Blogs the Tribeca Film Festival

I went down to Tribeca to screen The War Tapes last Saturday, a ridiculously sunny blue-sky day, the kind of day where it hurts not to wear sunglasses. But the...

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New York Trilogy: A Guide to Romantic Festival Flicks

0 Comments | Posted April 30, 2006 | 2:14 PM

Huffington Post Blogs the Tribeca Film Festival

I may have overdosed on romance after screening three romantic TFF movies. Perhaps it was screening them in quick succession that did it, or the languorous pace, or maybe it's...

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Porn, Press and Premieres: "American Cannibal's" Own Reality Drama

0 Comments | Posted April 21, 2006 | 1:09 PM

Huffington Post Blogs the Tribeca Film FestivalWhat happens when reality becomes stranger than a reality TV show? That was the conundrum, well sort of, for Perry Grebin and Michael Nigro, two documentary filmmakers whose film premieres at the Tribeca...

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