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A world of cinema

The 13th Maine International Film Festival begins in Waterville next Friday, and along with the usual unusual array of (political, music, and eco-)documentaries, Amerindies, classic and foreign films, and a special night at the drive-in, MIFF has a coupl
Young filmmakers shine at this year's Maine International Film Festival
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 02, 2010
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Review: Petition

This distressing documentary explores a netherworld of individuals who have come to Beijing from all over China hoping that their grievances against their local governments will be heard.
A modern tragedy based on unchanging conflict
By CHRIS FUJIWARA  |  January 29, 2010

EXCERPT: The Conversation


Peter Keough discusses how The Conversation  is a B List movie.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 30, 2008
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Profile polling

Facebook and MySpace represent the easiest and most efficient method of assessing compatibility for a friend, a potential hook-up, or a presidential candidate.
A look at the MySpace and Facebook profiles of the '08 presidential candidates
By DAVID MASHBURN  |  September 27, 2007
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Gore a bore?

I was off to Silver Spring, Maryland, and the Fourth Silverdocs Documentary Festival earlier this month.
And other insights at the Silverdocs Film Festival
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 28, 2006