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Essential Films: ‘CITIZENFOUR’

CITIZENFOUR, the groundbreaking documentary about Edward Snowden and the NSA, has enjoyed a stunning festival run. Laura Poitras's film, which had its World Premiere at NYFF52, could be this year's nonfiction Academy Award winner.

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The Film Society Celebrates ‘Mad Men’

Creator Matthew Weiner and stars Jon Hamm, January Jones, Christina Hendricks, and John Slattery will look back at some of their favorite scenes from the series in Mad Men: The End of An Era on March 21 at Alice Tully Hall, plus a free marathon of must-see episodes curated by Weiner.

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Da Sweet Blood of Jesus: Race, Class, and a Lust for Blood

Spike Lee's latest film, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, opens at the Film Society of Lincoln Center today. One critic described as a "ghoulish vampire story" and "an evident labor of love."

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Essential Films: ‘Boyhood’

Richard Linklater's Boyhood, which opened in theaters in July and has remained there ever since, is an awards juggernaut heading into the Oscars next week. Last summer, Film Comment took a look at the film that took 12 years to make.

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2nd Art of the Real Series to Celebrate Agnès Varda, Reenactment, and More in April

Celebrating an expansive view of the documentary form, Art of the Real is returning for a second year April 10-26. Among this year's highlights is sidebar The Actualities of Agnès Varda, focusing on the filmmaker's career-long work merging fact and fiction.

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The Close-Up: ‘Timbuktu’ Director Abderrahmane Sissako on the Tough Road to His Oscar Nomination image

The Close-Up: ‘Timbuktu’ Director Abderrahmane Sissako on the Tough Road to His Oscar Nomination

Abderrahmane Sissako's Timbuktu is the first Oscar-nominated film from Mauritania, and the director is the first from Africa to be featured in the Film Society's weekly podcast series, The Close-Up.

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Essential Films: ‘The Theory of Everything’

The Theory of Everything star Eddie Redmayne is a strong contender for the Best Actor Oscar at next week's Academy Awards. Film Comment takes a look at the film about the life of Stephen Hawking, which inspires a romantic and unsentimental portrait of the visionary scientist.

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‘Ballet 422’ Filmmaker Jody Lee Lipes on Justin Peck, Talent, and Surprise Endings

FilmLinc spoke with Ballet 422 director Jody Lee Lipes about his doc on New York City Ballet talent Justin Peck, a 25-year-old commissioned to create the company's 422nd original performance. The film begins its theatrical run at the Film Society this weekend.

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The Film Society and Hearst to Tap Local Schoolchildren’s Creativity with CineKids

Funded from a $200,000 grant from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, CineKids has launched in three local public elementary schools, tapping the creative expression and talent of students from kindergarten to the 5th grade, culminating in the first CineKids Film Festival in June.

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The Close-Up: Liv Ullmann Talks ‘Miss Julie,’ the Bergmans, and More image

The Close-Up: Liv Ullmann Talks ‘Miss Julie,’ the Bergmans, and More

Screen legend and filmmaker Liv Ullmann is the spotlight in this week's podcast, The Close-Up. The discussion touched on the making of her latest film with Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell, as well as some fascinating moments from her life with Ingmar Bergman.

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