Venice Film Fest: Joshua Oppenheimer's The Look of Silence Is More Honest Than The Act of Killing

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In 2012, documentary filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer made a splash with The Act of Killing, in which he sought out members of Indonesian killing squads, individuals who murdered thousands of innocent citizens accused of being communists after a military takeover in 1965, and invited them to re-enact their crimes in the style of Hollywood movies.

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Venice Film Fest: In Birdman, Michael Keaton Is Haunted by His Superhero Past

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The gent at the Delta check-in counter back in New York sighed when he saw where I was headed. "Romantic Venezia!" he said, and the comment stopped me short, because film festivals located in the most beautiful settings in the world have a way of making you forget - almost - that you're in one of the most beautiful settings in the world.

The Venice Film Festival - this is the 71st edition - is held not in Venice proper, but on Lido, a summertime island where winter seems impossible, resplendent with dusty pink and ochre stucco villas. It is also the home of the formerly grand Hotel des Bains, where Thomas Mann wrote Death in Venice, and which, sadly, closed in 2010, destined to become a luxury apartment complex that has not yet materialized. I haven't yet walked by the Hotel des Bains on this trip, but I hope it's looking more cheerful than it did last year, when it sat dejected behind its majestic iron grillwork gate, a sad relic of past glory that even a Venetian Miss Havisham might find hard to love.

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Miami-Based Filmmaker David Jaure Creates Powerful Portrait of Local Homelessness

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Paul Alexandro (left) and David Jaure on the set of 3:13.
Only a few days ago a panhandler in a wheelchair was shot and killed not too far north of downtown Miami. The motive of the suspected shooter -- who was taken into custody after a police chase -- remains unknown, but it's doubtful the deceased, 58-year-old Israel Zequra, had enemies bitter enough to shoot him dead. You may add this killing to the long list of random acts of violence that often befalls the destitute.

Inspired by all too common horror stories against humanity like Zequra's, Miami-based independent filmmakers David Jaure and Paul Alexandro are taking action. They have created a nonprofit to benefit the homeless and a moving film, entitled 3:13, about a man (played by Alexandro) who loses his job, his family, his home and ultimately his life as a desperate soul living on the streets of Downtown Miami.

Jaure wrote the screenplay and directed the film. After three years in the making, numerous film festivals have picked up the movie, and it has won awards for acting and directing in several festivals in Spain. Most recently it took the grand prize at the San Antonio Film Festival.

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Sofia Vergara's Emmys Skit Proves We Need More Positive Representation of Latinas on TV

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There has been a lot of talk, Tweets, and Instagrams since Beyonce's powerhouse performance at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday and Sofia Vergara's spinning skit at the Emmys Monday night. The stark contrast between the two showings has caused a stir, with "feminism" and "sexist" hashtag-storming social media.

But let's bring it back home for a second: Vergara wasn't trying to make some feminist statement with her bit at the Emmys, instead she was just flaunting her assets at the request of the chairman of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Bruce Rosenblum. "What truly matters," Rosenblum said while Vergara rotated on a pedestal, "is that we never forget that our success is based on always giving the viewer something compelling to watch."

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Podcast: Why Did So Few People See Sin City 2?

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Why did so few people see Sin City: A Dame to Kill For over the weekend? That and other topics are discussed in this week's edition of the Voice Film Club podcast with the Village Voice's Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek, joined as always by Amy Nicholson of the L.A. Weekly via the magic of the Internet.

The trio also discusses the latest YA adaptation If I Stay, the BDSM doc Kink, and they wrap with Alan and Amy split on relationship movie The One I Love, starring Elizabeth Moss and Mark Duplass.

Sidney Lumet Retrospective Takes Over Miami Beach Cinematheque This September

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Al Pacino in Dog Day Afternoon.
It's only been a couple of years since the great filmmaker Sidney Lumet passed away and seven since his final feature graced our screens, but many of his works still influence modern works and are incredibly reflective of today's society. This is why it's not surprising that he's one of the filmmakers chosen for a retrospective this year at the Miami Beach Cinematheque. In partnership with the Miami Jewish Film Festival, the Lumet retrospective is part of the Masters of Jewish Cinema series, which began last year.

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Kate Chastain and Kat Held of Bravo's Below Deck Talk Yacht Life and Crazy Passengers

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You're nobody until you own your own yacht. Or charter one. Or maybe just work on one, because yacht rides are hard to come across these days. That's how Kate Chastain and Kat Held scored cabins on the Ohana, not to mention starring roles on the second season of Bravo's hit series Below Deck, which focuses on the trials and tribulations of a yacht crew. You know, running out of Caviar just hours outside of Antigua, overcooking your poodle's filet mignon or having to plan a five-star, champagne-filed picnic on a beach filled with, wait for it, sand. The struggles are real.

Kate, a Florida native from Melbourne, takes the lead as the head stewardess of the vessel, while Kat returns for a second season with the mission of reclaiming herself from the drunken shenanigans she was known for in the last. The two reside in Fort Lauderdale where Ohana departs, so we wanted to know a thing or two about the two blonde bombshells on board: their craziest demands, favorite Fort Lauderdale digs, and why they would kick off Andrew Sturby should they come across a chance iceberg in the Caribbean.

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Miami Jazz and Film Society Presents Free Screening of Trayvon Martin Case Documentary

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A painting about the Martin case as shown by Cindy Philemon, assistant for the Goldsboro Museum. Philemon explains that the red in the painting represents Trayvon Martin's blood.
The world has had its attention on Ferguson, Mo., and the shooting death case of Michael Brown, a young, unarmed black man who was killed by police officer Darren Wilson.

Because of the nature of the case, it's only natural that many would think back to the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the young black man, also unarmed, who was killed in his father's Sanford, Fla., neighborhood by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. A documentary analyzing the first days of the investigation into Martin's death, 44 Daze, will give those interested in the Martin case and the epidemic of unarmed black men killed in the U.S., more insight when it's screened for attendees at the Miami Jazz and Film Society's Weekly Film Screenings event this September.

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Podcast: Which Expendables Stars Surprised Us? And We Watch the New Yorkiest Movie

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Well, who was it? Find out in this week's pod.
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice and Amy Nicholson of L.A. Weekly sift through the smoldering pile of action movie that is the Expendables 3 and discuss which star has the most surprising scenes. Amy and Stephanie talk about Love is Strange, which might be one of the most New York movies out in a very long time, and not just because of the rent plot point.

Sharknado 2: Ten Reasons to See The Second One in Theaters

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Last month, television viewers were treated to one of the most highly anticipated so-bad-it-might-be-good sequels this side of Godfather 2: Sharknado 2: The Second One. The shark tale was so successful -- we're talking 4 million viewers successful -- that SyFy and filmmakers The Asylum are partnering with Fathom Events to bring Sharknado 2: The Second One to theaters nationwide tomorrow night, for one night only.

If the words Sharknado 2: The Second One alone are not reason enough to go to the movie theater tomorrow night, here are ten more. Spoilers ahead, obviously -- not that it'll ruin how awesomebad this movie is.

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