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Focus / The Dissolve — There's a scene late in Quiz Show where the film's crusading hero, played by Rob Morrow, finally has definitive proof that the popular game show Twenty One is fixed-that the producers are supplying the answers, and it's highly likely the network and the show's chief sponsor, Geritol, are aware of it.

The Hunting Ground — Kirby Dick's , a documentary about rape on college campuses, opens with a montage sequence where various young women react with unfettered joy over being accepted to the college of their choice. And it's all set to "Pomp And Circumstance," the graduation march.

My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn — When Francis Ford Coppola was off in Southeast Asia for the better part of a year shooting Apocalypse Now, his wife Eleanor was on set, documenting one of the most famously troubled production in movie history.

The ruins and reckoning of 25th Hour — It's a fitting irony that two works of art strongly associated with September 11, 2001-Bruce Springsteen's "My City Of Ruins" and Spike Lee's 25th Hour-were conceived in 2000, then woven into the aftermath. Springsteen altered the lyrics to his song-which had originally referred to Asbury Park, New Jersey-but modified the phrasing for a performance at the America: A Tribute To Heroes benefit, where the lyrics "Rise up!

Amanda Rose Wilder talks about — For her riveting debut feature Approaching The Elephant, documentarian Amanda Rose Wilder bears witness to a bold experiment in progressive education. Tucked into the halls of a Lutheran church, the Terry McArdle Free School attempts to provide teachers, students, and parents with a radical alternative to the conformist, test-driven bureaucracy of public schools.

The 5 types of Oscar Upset — As we prepare for one of the more pre-ordained Academy Awards in recent memory, the word "upset" is on the lips of awards prognosticators, office-Oscar-pool hopefuls, and those who just really want Bradley Cooper to take home Best Actor.

McFarland USA / The Dissolve — Let's be upfront about this: McFarland USA takes the familiar form of the Disney inspirational sports movie-cynical white coach in need of redemption, minority misfits in need of hope and guidance, a little fish-out-of-water comedy, a big-game ending, waterworks, postscript, FIN.

Kiss Me, Stupid / The Dissolve — As Cameron Crowe's book Conversations With Wilder works its way through Billy Wilder's filmography, a pattern starts to develop: With few exceptions, Wilder's assessment of his own work tends to synch up with commercial success. If a film was a hit, he remembers it fondly; if a film was a flop, he regards it bitterly.

The Last Five Years — The main takeaway from The Last Five Years, Richard LaGravenese's adaptation of Jason Robert Brown's Off-Broadway hit, is this: Anna Kendrick is an absolute treasure. This was plain enough in 2007, when she ran off with Rocket Science, playing a hyper-verbal debate champion with nerves of piano wire.

Don’t Look Now / The Dissolve — "Time is always present." So says director Danny Boyle about Nicolas Roeg on the new Criterion edition of Roeg's 1973 film , and there's no better or more concise description of Roeg's sensibility.
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Feb 28, 2015

@davechensky You can see how the word "disingenuous" applies in both cases, though. There are elisions.

Feb 28, 2015

@freedarko My world domination plan finally taking form. This is just the opening volley.

Feb 28, 2015

Writer criticized for sloppy and disingenuous reporting goes to new publication, engages in sloppy and disingenuous reporting.

Feb 28, 2015

@anamariecox Between this and the Serial mishaps at The Intercept, NVC's reporting is seeming a bit dodgy.

Feb 27, 2015

@b_wolo @prewarcinema Dude say hello some time! (Q's on this one came mostly from me, so I got to be the anxious one.)

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