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  • Complete list of Independent Spirit Awards winners and nominees

    Complete list of Independent Spirit Awards winners and nominees
    The Steve McQueen period drama "12 Years A Slave" swept through the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, taking five prizes, including feature, director, supporting female, screenplay and cinematography. Cate Blanchett and Matthew McConaughey won best female and male for, respectively, "Blue Jasmine" and "Dallas Buyers Club."
  • Best of 2013: Mark Olsen picks 'Spring Breakers,' 'Her'

    Best of 2013: Mark Olsen picks 'Spring Breakers,' 'Her'
    In this time when news is disseminated ever more quickly, we asked our critics to list the best of culture in 2013 in tweet form: SPRING BREAKERS loops between raging party & spaced-out bummer, fun & its consequences. Smart about being dumb, it's of &...

    Movies in the now, which changes from moment to moment

    Movies in the now, which changes from moment to moment
    With her candidly quotable, cutely gif-able kookiness, on screen and off, there may be no actress who seems more of right now than Jennifer Lawrence — she's been declared the queen of Tumblr after all. So it is of note when in the new "American...

    TV Picks: 'Brooklyn Castle,' 'Ali,' 'Paradise,' 'Enter Laughing'

    TV Picks: 'Brooklyn Castle,' 'Ali,' 'Paradise,' 'Enter Laughing'
    "Brooklyn Castle" (PBS, Monday). "I think that this is a good thing for kids to be exposed to," coach Elizabeth Vicary says in Katie Dellamaggiore's 2012 film about a fearsome and lovable inner-city middle-school chess team, "the idea that truth isn&...

    Review: 'Computer Chess' a few moves away from great satire

     Review: 'Computer Chess' a few moves away from great satire
    You need no particular knowledge or affection for the game of kings to appreciate the whimsy of "Computer Chess." The genius of this indie is its cleverness in capturing the driest of times and the dullest of people in a faux documentary about the early...