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Film, "12 Years a Slave": A Collision of Early American Dreams

"12 Years a Slave": A Collision of Early American Dreams

(Opens Nov. 1.) In the 1840s, a free black man from upstate New York found himself kidnapped and sold into slavery. After a dozen years in hell, his rescue came from an abolitionist played by Brad Pitt. Ah, did we…
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Film, Mamet's new film, <i>Redbelt</i>, showing at the SF International Film Fest

Mamet's new film, Redbelt, showing at the SF International Film Fest

David Mamet's Redbelt is a tricky bar brawl — call it Roundhouse of Games. The writer-director has scarcely abandoned his sense of the movies as an innately duplicitous medium, one best suited to stories that play out as conspiratorial chess…
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Film, Charlie & the Shoe Factory

Charlie & the Shoe Factory

If you're a regular moviegoer with a gift for remembering unusual names, chances are you've started paying attention to Chiwetel Ejiofor, the black English actor with a chameleon's talent for disappearing into a role. You may not have caught his…
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Film, Have Gun, Will Space Travel

Have Gun, Will Space Travel

Serenity, Joss Whedon's big-screen spinoff of the 2002 TV show Firefly, which didn't even last a dozen episodes, is already a cult phenom well before its opening. The show's DVD box set lines the shelf of every fanboy who dreamed…
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Film, London Underground

London Underground

It's a great pleasure to behold a chunk of art that's both dank and fresh at the same time, and this appraisal perfectly fits the superb Dirty Pretty Things. The latest from veteran director Stephen Frears (Gumshoe, Prick Up Your…
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