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“The cure for boredom is curiosity.

There is no cure for curiosity.”

~Dorothy Parker

Stress-Busting Game Play

On the cusp of electing a new president, and in the midst of unprecedented economic uncertainty and geo-political shifts, there's plenty of garden-variety stress to go around. More people are looking for ways to escape from reality these days. Many are finding relief...

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Childhood Interrupted: Postcards from Tora Bora

A show of hands: How well do you recall the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan (circa 1979)? Not so much, eh? Let Postcards from Tora Bora serve as a refresher course then. The film is Wazhmah Osman's emotionally resonant and colorful portrait of her childhood in...

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Shot on a Cell Phone, But Not in Afghanistan

For more than a year, filmmaker Cyrus Frisch heard and observed growing tensions between Dutch and immigrant kids beneath his office window in central Amsterdam. As he worked on another film, he began shooting the heckling occurring in the plaza - with his cell phone...

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In Harm’s Way, A Portrait of Grief: Jerabek

How does a family come to terms with the loss of a beloved son/brother/grandson in Iraq, even as another one of its own considers enlisting in the Marines to potentially suffer the same fate? This is the situation presented in Jerabek, a closely-observed story that...

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Media Cannibal Redux

Chomping away at the jerky shenanigans of reality TV show productions never tasted so good. A little less than a year after their film debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival, the directors of the indie documentary "American Cannibal: The Road to Reality" pull the...

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Building and Demolishing in The Architect

In The Architect, Anthony LaPaglia gives a subtle yet textured performance as Leo Waters, a self-important middle-aged architect who lives with his quietly dysfunctional family in the suburbs of Chicago. Waters, who designed the low-income Eton Court Homes at the...

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Chronicling Iraq: The War Tapes

I went down to Tribeca to screen The War Tapes last Saturday, a ridiculously sunny blue-sky day, the kind of day where it hurts not to wear sunglasses. But the technicolor ended abruptly, giving way to a dark and utterly disturbing documentary brimming with searing...

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New York Trilogy: A Guide to Romantic Festival Flicks

I may have overdosed on romance after screening three romantic TFF movies. Perhaps it was screening them in quick succession that did it, or the languorous pace, or maybe it's just that the films featured some of the more conventional, formulaic characteristics of the...

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Pashas and Pistachios in The Yacoubian Building

Lucky for us, the Tribeca Film Festival is an incredible showcase for world cinema, screening films from all over the globe, large and small. One of the most highly touted of the group was The Yacoubian Building, an Egyptian film directed by Marwan Hamed, who,...

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