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Homer Doc Fest a family affair

...representatives of Manhattan's Tribeca Film Festival; the Full Frame festival in Durham, N.C.; and the American Film Institute's fest. In total, they got about 40 recommendations. Then they settled into the couch for the difficult task...
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An Outdoor View: 'Jaws' at 40

...threat, that they're a malevolent eating machine. The shark was rated as the 18th greatest villain on the American Film Institute's list of 100 Greatest Heroes and Villains. A seafood restaurant in Cape Cod displayed a sign, "Eat fish...
'Nightcrawler' is certainly going to stick with one

...nomination, and it's a shame because it's one of the best films I saw from 2014. Of the major awards, only the American Film Institute honored it with a top prize, which is, perhaps, appropriate. The AFI, in theory, honors film of importance...
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'Black Hawk Down' recaptures real events

...the gunfire seems to be over, a whole new round begins. Slawomir Idziak's cinematography, nominated for an American Film Institute award (one of five nominations ''Black Hawk Down'' garnered for the first-ever AFI program), is beautiful...

Now Playing Synopsis: A young woman who has lived a life of purpose gets a taste of the pleasures of sloth, American-style, in this independent comedy drama from director Mike Ott. Rintaro (Rintaro Sawamoto) and Atsuko (Atsuko Okatsuka) are two siblings from Japan visiting the United States for the first time. They've come to California to see Manzanar, where their Japanese-American grandfather was interned during World War II, but while driving through the desert, their rental car breaks down and they find themselves stranded in a small town called Littlerock. Rintaro doesn't speak English well and Atsuko doesn't know the language at all, but fortunately the two are befriended by a well-meaning slacker named Cory (Cory Zacharia). Though Cory dreams of moving to Los Angeles and becoming an actor, in the meantime he spends his days drinking beer, smoking pot, and hanging out with his friends. While Rintaro is eager to get out of town, Atsuko finds she likes the freedom of a life without goals and responsibilities, and it doesn't hurt that one of Cory's friends is clearly infatuated with her. When the car is running again, Rintaro is ready to hit the road, but Atsuko decides to stay on in Littlerock, only to discover Cory's life is a bit more complicated than she imagined. Littlerock was an official selection at the American Film Institute's 2010 AFI Fest. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi Cast: Atsuko Okatsuka, Cory Zacharia, Rintaro Sawamoto, Brett L. Tinnes, Roberto Sanchez, Matthew Fling, Ryan Dillon, Markiss McFadden Jr., Sean Neff Movie Details Buy Tickets Movie Review

Payne-ful? No. Boring? Yes.

...of a pain to sit through than a bore. Since we're on the subject of cop-dramas, I thought this week's American Film Institute top 100 selections should fit the mold. Luckily, there's almost nothing on the list that resembles "Max Payne...


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