Joe Leydon

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Review: ‘Straight Line’

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Despite the stiffness of the key performances -- including his own in the lead role -- Sean Ackerman evidences undeniable promise as a compelling storyteller and visual stylist with "Straight Line,"…

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Review: ‘Derailroaded’

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As discomfortingly fascinating as listening to a couple's heated argument at a table near yours in a restaurant, "Derailroaded" considers the fleeting notoriety and frustrating obscurity of Larry…

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Review: ‘Stagedoor’

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As a sprightly group portrait of happy campers who "gotta sing, gotta dance," Alexandra Shiva's "Stagedoor" gives a whole new meaning to a familiar phrase: "Hey, kids! Let's put on a show!"…

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Review: ‘Strange Fruit’

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Intended as a thoughtful examination of depression and despair among the economically disadvantaged, "Strange Fruit" proves too diffuse and elliptical to be of more than academic interest. Subject…

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Review: ‘Mary Pickford’

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She was the first pop culture icon who took shape through cinema, the first Hollywood actress to produce her own pictures, the first screen queen to truly merit the label "superstar." Twenty-six…

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