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'Disconnect' screening

Jason Bateman and Henry Alex Rubin - New York screening of 'Disconnect' at the SVA Theater in Manhattan - New York City, NY, United States - Tuesday 9th April 2013

Jason Bateman
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Disconnect Trailer


With the 21st century world revolving around the it, people are becoming gradually more and more dependent on the internet, and it isn't without consequences. Derek and Cindy's marriage is on the rocks as he struggles to curb his online gambling habits and she enters into an extramarital affair with a stranger on a social networking site. Unfortunately, their secrets are forcibly uncovered when they realise that money is going missing from their accounts, due to an alarming case of identity fraud. Elsewhere, a teenaged social outcast is delighted when a girl online becomes seemingly interested in him leading him to send her some intimate pictures on her request. However, when the pictures show up around school, he is devastated to learn that he has been the victim of a cruel joke at the hands of a cyber-bully who created a fake account. Meanwhile, an ambitious journalist is curious to learn about young teenagers being intimate via webcam with strangers and sets out to get the scoop on the shocking practise despite ruining lives on the way.

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2012 Toronto International Film Festival - 'Disconnect' premiere arrival at the Princess of Wales Theatre.

Jason Bateman and Henry Alex Rubin - Jason Bateman and Henry Alex Rubin Tuesday 11th September 2012 2012 Toronto International Film Festival - 'Disconnect' premiere arrival at the Princess of Wales Theatre.

2012 Toronto International Film Festival - 'Disconnect' premiere arrival at the Princess of Wales Theatre.

Henry Alex Rubin Tuesday 11th September 2012 2012 Toronto International Film Festival - 'Disconnect' premiere arrival at the Princess of Wales Theatre.

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Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme Review


Weak
Kevin Fitzgerald's documentary about freestyling -- the process of coming up with raps off the top of your head -- first hit the festival circuit in 2000; arriving on DVD in 2005, it already feels archival, like a bit of old news. Mos Def, the biggest name in the film, is captured while he was still a member of the hip-hop duo Black Star, well before he moved on to a successful solo and film career; many of the other underground rappers featured - including Divine Styler, Pharoahe Monch, Aceyalone, Bahamadia -- are either no-names or had their biggest moments the better part of a decade ago.

That says something about how hip-hop evolves as a genre - it's not Fitzgerald's fault that the genre he loves best moves so fast, and getting an indie documentary finished on a shoestring can be a lengthy process. But you wouldn't notice how dated the film feels if it didn't have more serious organizational problems. Freestyle mainly wants to be a documentary about the history and mechanics of freestyling, but its loose-limbed, impressionistic structure too often makes the film drift away from the point. Freestyle bounces from interviews with members of early-'70s Beat-poet-styled hip-hop pioneers the Last Poets to brief (and unconvincing) attempts to tether freestyling to Baptist church preachers and John Coltrane's improvisations. Brief interludes about the history of early hip-hop in the Bronx, female rappers, and the mainstream rap industry take on worthy subjects, but they draw energy away from the subject at hand.

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