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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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Akshay Seth: Single character editing

BY AKSHAY SETH

It’s this “single character cutting,” though outwardly invisible, that makes these films click the way they do — putting viewers not just in the same frame of mind as the protagonist, but the same frame of vision and time.

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'The Drop' final chance to see Gandolfini

Fox Searchlight

BY CONRAD FOREMAN

In “The Drop,” Hardy uncovers the fine distinction between cruel and cold, and toes the line between them, showing that nice men aren’t always good men, and bad men can be righteous.

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'The Trip to Italy' redefines bromance

IFC

BY ANDREW MCCLURE

The film reminds us to be foolish, to be vulnerable, to be loud and to be friends. Not unlike Noah Baumbach's “Frances Ha,” “Italy” makes you want what the onscreen friends so effortlessly share: fun.

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'Angry Video Game Nerd' a disappointing failure

BY JACOB RICH

Rolfe’s debut film, a crowd-funded, feature-length action-comedy, is so riddled with bad film techniques and awful pacing that even I, the biggest “AVGN” fan I know, had trouble getting through it.

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'Frank:' Punk noncoms don’t take selfies

Magnolia

BY ZAK WITUS

The movie seems to be arguing that success (and by extension happiness) ought to be defined more individually and that we should be wary of the answers that our culture pushes on us.

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Prizing imagery over story in animation

Pixar

BY CONRAD FOREMAN

The cinema of attractions lives on most vibrantly in the world of contemporary animation. And unsurprisingly Pixar leads the way.

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My 'Manic Pixie Dream Girl' who isn’t mine

The CW

BY NOAH COHEN

Bledel and other so-called Manic Pixie Dream Girls will go ahead and live their lives, on and off-screen, regardless of their brooding, sentimental following.

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