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Film, "Shadow Dancer": A Thriller About an Irish Mole

"Shadow Dancer": A Thriller About an Irish Mole

Shadow Dancer Even if 30 Rock's Dennis Duffy is right and technology is cyclical, the beeper is probably never going to make a comeback, though it's one of many obsolete technologies that play a key role in the James Marsh…
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Film, "Project Nim": Doc on a Chimp's Life Tugs at Heartstrings

"Project Nim": Doc on a Chimp's Life Tugs at Heartstrings

Not every Homo sapiens who sees Project Nim will be moved to pledge membership in PETA. Still, this documentary biopic of the '70s chimp picked to endure an "experiment" in simian sign language and general neglect pulls human heartstrings as…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Wiry Guy

A Wiry Guy

Part caper movie, part real-life superhero saga, and entirely engrossing, James Marsh's documentary recounts in Rififi-like detail how a Parisian street performer and wire walker named Philippe Petit dodged cops, fought the elements, and defied seemingly impossible logistics to pull…
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Film, Towering Cinema

Towering Cinema

Even as the first girders were laid in the mid-1960s, something about the World Trade Center — that twin-pronged erection jutting from the loins of Western commerce — inspired fantasies of lustful conquest. As James Marsh's documentary Man on Wire…
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Film, Royal Flush

Royal Flush

It's clear by now that British director James Marsh regards America as a vaguely amusing madhouse — a reliably primitive, thoroughly benighted backwater infested with dangerous grotesques. He is, after all, the fellow who gave us the supercilious TV documentary…
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