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Publicist-Turned-Filmmaker Part Of A New Wave

Nine years ago, on the set of a major Hollywood production, film marketer Ava DuVernay realized she had a story to tell — her own story from the streets of Los Angeles. The result is her latest movie, Middle of Nowhere, which brought the filmmaker a Sundance Festival award for best drama director. She is the first African-American woman to win the award. Audie Cornish talks to Duvernay about her unusual path to directing and her role in the creation of a new wave of black independent filmmakers.
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Ben Affleck 'Smartly Directs' His New Movie 'Argo'

Argo tells an incredible true story: How a CIA agent rescued six Americans from the jaws of the Iranian Revolution with a little help from the good folks of Hollywood. Besides directing it, Affleck also stars in Argo.
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'Argo': A Rescue Mission With Real Hollywood Style

Ben Affleck's new film chronicles the CIA's rescue of six U.S. Embassy workers held hostage during the 1979 Iranian revolution. Critic Bob Mondello says the fine balance struck between Argo's snappy script and heart-stopping thrills makes the film worthy of Oscar buzz. (Recommended)
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A 'Big Picture' Intently Focused On The Details

Eric Lartigau's French psychological drama follows an aspiring photographer who assumes another man's identity. While the plot may lend itself to the tropes of a thriller, critic Mark Jenkins says it is more focused on the quiet, internal mechanisms of the protagonist's mind.
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'Looper': A World Of Musical Clicks And Pops

The score of the time-travel thriller has little in common with the slick orchestral scores of science-fiction classics. Composer Nathan Johnson found his source material by immersing himself in the sounds of the film.
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Who Feels The Scars Of 'Stop And Frisk'?

The New York City council Wednesday held a hearing about blocking the controversial "stop and frisk" policy. That allows police to stop, search, and question people suspected of carrying weapons or drugs. It's also the subject of a New York Times short film. Host Michel Martin speaks with a producer and a young man featured in the film.

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