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The P Word

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Film

pariah Pariah is such a decent film it is a shame that its title seems designed to keep people away. The “P” word title is too close to Precious, the abomination that set-back the recent cultural progress. In Pariah, debut writer-director Dee Rees tells a coming-of-age story rooted in the family and social customs of  black [&hellip
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Armond White: The Better-Than List

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incendies110425_560 Armond White looks back at the best movies that surpass and defy the year’s worst We’ve reached the point where movies are less popular than other forms of pop culture yet remain compelling—as much for what they recall about the humanities as the inhumanity they routinely deliver. Thus 2011′s year-end mania for the specious cultural [&hellip
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Dolly and Latifah Reclaim Glee

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joyful_noise_a_l Todd Graff’s Joyful Noise tells the story of a Pacashau, Ga., church choir entering a gospel music competition against better-financed groups. It’s an underdog fable that neatly parallels Graff’s own career since directing his 2003 debut filmCamp, the under-appreciated—yet secretly influential—pop music celebration set at a training school for young musical theater aspirants. This time, Graff gets [&hellip
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Spielberg's Game Changers

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tintin Movie watching can never be the same after the doubleheader of Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin, his first animated film, and his live-action War Horse. Each film upgrades the way our imaginations construct the world, the way we see ourselves in the digital age. All art devotees should recognize the history being made. Tintin, [&hellip
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Jar Jar Binks Goes to War

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redtails George Lucas’ sales tactics for Red Tails, his $93 million production about the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American pilots in the armed forces, make a bigger bang than the film itself. On the publicity rounds, Lucas has talked about the dearth of movies with African-American heroes, promising that Red Tails will give black teens the kinds of on-screen [&hellip
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Ruining Paul Rudd

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Film

rudd Count Our Idiot Brother among Paul Rudd’s poor choices—a select group of dumb to unbearable films including The Shape of Things, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Dinner for Schmucks that waste the actor’s estimable gifts. Rudd’s commitment to playing off-center characters who combine nerdiness with idiosyncratic charm has made him a new kind of romantic comedian. [&hellip
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Adventures in Filmmaking: The Sitter Remakes the '80s

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thesitter The Sitter confirms director David Gordon Green’s unexpected yet healthy career turn. His 2000 debut George Washington, about the out-of-reach desires of black and white kids in the modern impoverished South, introduced a sweet yet somber regional lyricism. It was followed up by several atrocious art-movies for the indie festival circuit until Green gradually revealed a raucous [&hellip
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Tensions Remain High in Steve McQueen's "Shame"

Written by Noah Wunsch on . Posted in Film

shame “We’re not bad people, we just come from a bad place.” Says Brandon’s sister Sissy, and in that line lies the psyche of Steve Mcqueen’s latest film Shame. Brandon, played by Mcqueen favorite, Michael Fassbender, is an attractive, successful, charming, self-hating sex addict. He needs it. Loathes it. Loves it. Torments himself endlessly with the [&hellip
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So Reit(man) and Yet So Very Wrong

Written by Noah Wunsch on . Posted in Film

youngadult Jason Reitman has said that “Young Adult,” his latest feature film, out today, is unlike any of the films he’s directed. True. He also stated that a near death experience on an airplane lead him to question whether he would be comfortable having YA be his final film, to which he concluded he would. Whether [&hellip
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The Meat Is On

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On the night of the last big snowstorm in February, I set out for dinner, demanding to be impressed for my troubles. The challenger: year-old Argentinean steak showcase Libertador. Would I walk back out into the pelting snow too content to notice, or would I be going for my knives
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