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Shirley Clarke's 'Connection': Will It Click At Last?

When it was released in the early '60s, Shirley Clarke's controversial film about heroin addicts got shut down by New York police after two screenings. Now, a half-century later, audiences get a second chance to see the newly restored movie in theaters.
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Digital Domain Grapples With Fur, Feathers

A Venice, Calif., special-effects house has cornered the market on some of the most difficult FX — from rain to the human likeness. NPR's Melissa Block visits Digital Domain's artists as they grapple with their latest challenge.
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Pixar's Fast And 'Brave' Female Comedy: 'Delightful'

The movie Brave is Pixar's first feature with a female protagonist — a medieval Scottish princess named Merida (voiced by Kelly MacDonald) who asserts her independence and wreaks havoc. Critic David Edelstein says the film is "pure Pixar in its mischievousness and irreverence."
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For One Man, She Had To Be Pretty And Asian

For a California man named Steven, a perfect woman had to be pretty, submissive — and Asian. In the documentary Seeking Asian Female, filmmaker Debbie Lum followed Steven as he sought out, found, and brought over Sandy, a 30-year-old woman from China, on a fiancee visa. Then reality hit. Lum talks about her film with host Michel Martin.
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Who Knew? Honest Abe Rid The World Of The Undead

With a movie title like Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, it's no mystery what the plot is. Young Mr. Lincoln is tutored by an experienced vampire killer and goes into training with his trusty ax. He bears a special grudge against vampires because they killed his mother.
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A Timeless Story Takes A 'Brave' Female Twist

Pixar's new film is its first with a female lead — and its first fairy tale. Brave features a mother-daughter dynamic that star Kelly Macdonald says could take place "anywhere, at any time." The rebellious princess also presented a technical challenge: Animating her hair required a software upgrade.

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