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Wednesday, April 17,2013

League of extraordinary gentleman

Jackie Robinson biopic a powerful, bittersweet victory

by ALLAN I. ROSS
The first time we see Jackie Robinson in the biopic "42," he's in silhouette, crouched like a tiger, leading off about 10 feet from first base at a Negro League night game. The pitcher winds up, throws one over the plate, and Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) breaks into a loping sprint.
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Wednesday, April 10,2013

Capital City Film Festival brings the magic

by City Pulse Staff
Capital City Film Festival director Dominic Cochran calls the 55 submitted and curated films the festival’s "strongest line-up so far," opting to include a couple that have already been out for awhile.
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Wednesday, April 10,2013

Capital City Film Festival Reviews

by City Pulse Staff
Reviews of "Andrew Bird: Fever Year," "Holy Motors," "Tchoupitoulas," "The Story of Luke" and "Only the Young."
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Wednesday, April 10,2013

Requiem for a medium

How the conversion of film projection to digital affects filmmakers, fans and businesses

by David Barker
The Sun Theatre in downtown Williamston is the antithesis of the modern movie theater. At $4 (cash or check only) the tickets are about half the conventional price of admission. The concessions are cheaper — when’s the last time you saw 25-cent popcorn?
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Wednesday, April 3,2013

The kids are all Reich

Australian drama gives the Holocaust a new set of victims: Nazi children

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Nazis are easy narrative villains — the systematic slaughter of 11 million people really puts them in their own class of evil. Consequently, in literature and film, it's a bold move to depict them as anything less than cold-blooded monsters.
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Friday, March 22,2013

The Screening Room

'Great' expectations

by ALLAN I. ROSS
In a perfect world, a visionary filmmaker such as Sam Raimi could make a prequel to "The Wizard of Oz" without having it compared to its 1939 predecessor, inarguably one of the greatest motion pictures ever made. Sure, we're in the middle of a spate of subpar big screen adaptations and "re-imaginings" of classic children's stories, but it's hardly fair to make Raimi pay for the sins of his peers. But films aren't made in a vacuum; every allusion has its price.
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Wednesday, March 20,2013

April in the C

Film series wraps up at Studio C! before taking the summer off

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Next week, the lights go down for the East Lansing Film Society Film Series' final month of programming before taking the summer off. So long, Werner Herzog; hey there, Iron Man — gotta give those blockbusters room to breathe.
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Wednesday, March 6,2013

Catching fire

Documentary on cash-strapped Detroit Fire Department has power to inspire change

by ALLAN I. ROSS
If it weren't a true story, it would seem like a cliché: The dead city handling its own cremation, one abandoned building at a time. For decades, Detroit has been slipping from obsolescence into an all-out hell on Earth. But according to the Detroit firefighter documentary "Burn," not everyone has given up on the decaying metropolis just yet.
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Wednesday, February 27,2013

C! worthy

Niche film series continues with docs, shorts and indies

by ALLAN I. ROSS
In its first two months, experimental film theater Studio C! in Okemos has already transformed the concept of a night at the movies for mid-Michigan filmgoers. It has food several notches above your typical megaplex fare (think appetizers, pizzas and sandwiches) as well as a liquor license and, for a modest upgrade price, lush reclining seats. Oh, and for the last month it’s shown a slew of award-winning films that were largely unavailable in Lansing.
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Wednesday, February 20,2013

Between 'dear' and 'debacle'

Best Foreign Language nominee a brutally honest look at the end of life

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Life, obviously, doesn't come with an owner's manual, but if it did, the film "Amour" would certainly make for a good final chapter — call it "What to Expect when You’re Expiring." Unflinchingly frank in its discussion of mortality, dignity and, well, love, "Amour" should be required viewing for the human race.
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