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The 10 Best English Language Debuts by Foreign Filmmakers

Usually, it doesn’t work. Just ask George Sluizer, John Woo, or Wong Kar-Wei. Few foreign filmmaker make it to Hollywood with their aesthetic intact. For some, it takes movie after movie after movie (and, perhaps, a move back home) to achieve the kind of artistic success that had Tinseltown calling in the first place. In […]

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Now You See Me

Magic has never really made a successful transition to film. While recent films like The Illusionist and The Prestige provided limited returns artistically (and financially), prestidigitation is best kept as a live experience. After all, as the experts say, the unmoving eye of a camera makes misdirection very difficult indeed. So it’s refreshing that director […]

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We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks

Alex Gibney is the most prolific American documentary filmmaker working today, knocking out three or four features a year, frequently dealing with the hot-wired nexus of politics, secrecy, and money. While he doesn’t hit a home run each time, and has arguably never made a masterpiece, he still produces at least one must-see film a […]

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The 10 Best Zombie Comedies of All Time

Yes, there are actually enough examples for a list. As a matter of fact, over the last few years, our fascination with the living dead has developed into a kind of obsession. For a while, only George Romero and various members of his creative posse were excused for continuing the zombie stomp. Now, anyone can…and […]

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Twixt

Francis Ford Coppola: What happened? There was a time, four decades ago, when you were one of the most celebrated filmmakers working in the post-modern era, a multiple Oscar winning auteur who created The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, The Conversation, and Apocalypse Now. Along with Brian DePalma (now also artistically DOA), Steven Spielberg (still […]