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Jan and his daughter Johanna Troell talk Journalism, Bergman and THE LAST SENTENCE

12:02 AM 6/16/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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When Swedish journalist Torgny Segerstedt published an article calling Hitler “an insult” the article threatened to speed Sweden’s entrance into World War II. According to veteran filmmaker Jan Troell, director of Segerstedt biopic The Last Sentence, a journalist like Segerstedt couldn’t exist today. “Maybe Julian Assange comes close,” he said, referring to the founder of WikiLeaks, but only in prominence; Assange doesn’t exactly do the same kind of work.

Not So Pure: Andrew Rossi Investigates Cracks in The IVORY TOWER

1:42 PM 6/9/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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Andrew Rossi’s newest documentary, Ivory Tower, looks at the state of higher education in America and sees a system in disrepair. Rossi says the subject at the heart of his work is “disruption. It’s what all my films are about. Whether it’s how technology has changed the New York Times (Page One) or how a family manages their restaurant during a changing economy (Table for One).

On Dads And Dog Cocks: Michael Nirenberg Dishes on BACK ISSUES: THE HUSTLER MAGAZINE STORY

10:25 AM 6/5/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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Michael Nirenberg remembers the moment in 2nd grade it occurred to him his father’s work was different from the other dads. Like his father, Nirenberg works in art direction; he’s a scenic artist for film (Salt, Shame) and TV (working on Girls Season 4 right now). His father William Nirenberg spent his career as an art director for men’s magazines, most famously working for Larry Flynt's Hustler Magazine.

Review: (Not So) Obvious Child

12:22 AM 6/5/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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People are going to argue with me, but Jenny Slate’s character on NBC’s Parks and Recreation has a lot in common with her character in Obvious Child. Both are crass and outspoken. Both laugh at the wrong times and about the wrong things. Both joke like 12-year-old boys. The primary difference is Donna Stark, Slate’s moonlighting standup comedienne in Obvious Child, is dangerously vulnerable.

William Eubank Hacks "a Little Magic" Into a Classical SciFi With The Signal

11:17 PM 6/4/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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William Eubank is very social...with his media. The people milling around the press tour for his film, The Signal, are comparing the instagrams they took with the writer/director. These social butterflies are mostly publicists, people who’ve been photo-bombed by bigger names (Ted Danson and Tom Hanks come up a lot), but Eubank conjures excitement and that’s news indeed.

Review: The Edge of Tomorrow (And The Middle of Tom Cruise)

9:33 PM 6/4/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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Edge of Tomorrow uses Tom Cruise to cleverly riff on the 'universal soldier,' resulting in a movie that’s more exciting than Oblivion but not as funny as Groundhog’s Day. Based on the Hiroshi Sakurazaka novel “All You Need is Kill,” the film takes place after an alien invasion has begun expediently dispatching the earth’s population.

Review: Breastmilk (Not For The Faint of Heart)

2:07 PM 5/23/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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You may squirm, shield your eyes or freak out, but after you get over the first flush, Breastmilk will jog the gland that produces old-fashioned common sense. This highly niche documentary about breastfeeding is strengthened by celebrity executive producers Abby Epstein (The Business of Being Born) and Ricky Lake (Hairspray).

Centennial Retrospective on John & Faith Hubley Makes Everything Better

3:35 PM 5/20/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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New York’s Film Forum is out to save our (culturally compromised) souls. They're screening a newly curated centennial retrospective of restored shorts by animator John Hubley. Screenings begin tonight, with a handful of gems from the master's career, with a second collection screening on May 27th. "Mr. Magoo & Friends," a Hubley tribute designed for children, shows Sunday May 25th as part of the theater’s Film Forum Jr.

Killer Lineup of Whippersnappers at SFDocFest13!

4:38 PM 5/7/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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One of two niche festivals put on by San Francisco’s IndieFest (the other is horror fest HoleInTheHead), SFDocFest runs every summer in San Francisco and Oakland and this year features a slate of films that focus on geniuses who hit hard and run fast.

Review: Chef (Better Bonding Through Cuisinart)

2:15 PM 5/6/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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Jon Favreau's passion project Chef rose from an undistributed line-item at SXSW into a publicly discussed crowd-pleaser so quickly it feels like a flash flood...or a Polaroid. The comedy's production history declares it authentic while the subject and approach seal its popularity, and right now it's the just about critic-proof, which is ironic because the film is about a fusty, mid-career chef (writer/director Jon Favreau) in tailspin after the Roger Ebert of food review (Oliver Platt) “destroys” his career.
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