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Review: ‘Manito’

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An electrifying feature debut for writer-helmer Eric Eason, “Manito” chronicles 48 hours in the lives of a Washington Heights Latino family. Furiously paced — just shy of the sensory-overload point — pic duly merits comparison to its spiritual granddaddy “Mean Streets,” not in the usual imitative sense but rather in the freshness and character acuity.

Review: ‘No News From God’

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An offbeat and imaginative comedy which promises much but ultimately lapses into the conventional, Agustin Diaz Yanes’ long-awaited sophomore effort, “No News From God,” is a far cry from his intense thriller, the multiple award-winning “Nobody Will Speak of Us When We’re Dead” (1995).

Review: ‘Long Time Dead’

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A pesky Moroccan djinn starts taking out a group of students who roused it via a Ouija board in “Long Time Dead,” a shake ‘n’ bake British youth-horror pic that’s pure multiplex fare. Tight pacing, a down-to-the-bone storyline and a highly worked soundtrack ensure a decent number of thrills and chills.

Weekend Box Office Preview
January 18, 2002

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WIDE BREAKS January is a big month for awards hopefuls to break out of niche runs and reach mainstream auds. Recently, "A Beautiful Mind" recorded the best wide bow for a January platform over the past five years. This weekend, Sony’s "Black Hawk Down" and "The Shipping News" go wide, with "I Am Sam" skedded…

Oliviers reward revivals

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Revivals are clearly the rage at the Laurence Olivier Awards, with familiar titles dominating the nominations for London legit in 2001.

SAG overture doesn’t play

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The Screen Actors Guild, seeking to avoid a war with agents, has softened its stance against easing financial-interest restrictions on tenpercenteries, but a deal by Sunday’s deadline will likely remain elusive.

Dramatic NBC developments

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NBC virtually wrapped up its fall 2002 drama development Thursday, greenlighting six hourlong contenders, while ordering additional scripts of three more potential skeins.