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The great dauteurs of Hollywood.

Nepotism is an accepted part of the movie business, but given the gender inequality in the directorial ranks, it's particularly pronounced with the news that Ami Caanan Mann will direct "The Fields." A thriller starring "Avatar"'s Sam Worthington as a Texas detective investigating a spate of murders around the state's oil refineries, "The Fields," Mann's second feature, will start shooting in April. If that surname sounds familiar, it's because Ami...

"Please Give," but not too much.

Reviewed at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. In her own quiet way, writer/director Nicole Holofcener's films constitute a brand of comedy as easily recognizable as Judd Apatow's. Anyone familiar with her work can recognize her films by their low-key approach to story, their female-centric ensembles and insight into the dynamics of relationships between women, and by their flair for asking uncomfortable questions of the characters and of the audience. I guess in this analogy Catherine Keener...