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Watch New Trailer for Coen-Penned, Jolie-Directed ‘Unbroken’

You’ve probably already heard something about the Angelina Jolie-directed, Coen Brothers-penned based-on-a-true-story WWII film, Unbroken, about Louis Zamperini (played by Jack… Read More

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Paul Schrader, Nicolas Cage, and Anton Yelchin Do Not Want You to See Their New Movie

Paul Schrader, the man behind the (crash-and-burn) LiLo vehicle The Canyons, has made a new movie, executive produced by Nicolas… Read More

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‘Blood Splatters Quickly': 5 Life Lessons From the Infamous Ed Wood

Most people know of Edward Wood, Jr. from Tim Burton’s Ed Wood, the 1994 “comedy-drama” starring Johnny Depp. Or if you haven’t seen the film, you may know of him simply as the cross-dressing auteur responsible for what is widely considered the worst film ever made, Plan 9 From Outer Space, and other cinematic effronteries, like Jail Bait and Bride of the Monster. The Burton film does a decent job of detailing a certain period of Wood’s life, even if it leaves out some of the sordid bits. We already know that Ed Wood (more or less) invented the genius-hack archetype in cinema, but that’s only half the story. As it turns out, he spent much of his later life writing articles and stories for proto-pornographic magazines in Hollywood. … Read More

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Baz Luhrmann Pairs ‘Grease’ Song With Hamptons Luxury in New Chanel No. 5 Short

Baz Luhrmann’s spectacular idealism started to seem dated a while ago, yet he unwaveringly continues to pair anachronistic pop ditties with… Read More

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‘Camp X-Ray’ Proves Kristen Stewart Can Act — But We Already Knew That

Here’s how terrible the Twilight movies are: they convinced the world that a good actress was a terrible one. I would like to tell you that her very good performance in the new film Camp X-Ray is some sort of revelation, but if you have to be told that, you haven’t been paying attention; she’s been good several times before (Adventureland and The Runaways leap to mind), even in films that were, to put it charitably, problematic (like On the Road and Welcome to the Rileys). But those pictures were all bookended by entries in The Twilight Saga, so even if the few people who saw those other films were impressed by her work in them, there was another awful Twilight movie on the horizon to remind us of how bad she could be. Those films ended in 2012. Camp X-Ray is the first Stewart film to hit theaters after them. It marks the beginning, hopefully, of a reconsideration. … Read More

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The 50 Most Horrific Family Relationships in Film

Celine Dion once famously said, “I’d like to dedicate this next song to all of the parents and all the children of the world” — to which a not-quite-as-famous YouTuber famously responded, “All the parents + all of the children of the world = fucking everybody.” Yes, one of the most fundamental facts of life is that everyone is a child and most people are eventually parents. It is the universality of these familial absolutes, perhaps, that makes “the fam” such good fuel for horror in film, even in films that wouldn’t necessarily be categorized as “horror.” In fact, there’s such a bounty of films depicting inter-family horrors that organizing a filmic family trauma reunion (aka listicle) seems quite a Freudian headache. For this reason, I’ve decided to break down the most stomach-churning family relationships onscreen into slightly more digestible… Read More

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Watch Chris Hemsworth Battle Moby Dick in the Trailer for Ron Howard’s ‘In the Heart of the Sea’

Looks like Ron Howard and Chris Hemsworth might be the next Scorsese and De Niro, only with less cocaine… Read More

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Dear White People: Go See ‘Dear White People’

Justin Simien’s Dear White People is a dagger-sharp satire, a film filled end-to-end with tiny sticks of dynamite, each lit carefully with a gleeful smirk. If such violent metaphors contradict the generally tongue-in-cheek tone, it speaks mostly to the combustible quality of the topics here; like Network or Putney Swope, it feels dangerous, sparked by the charge of secrets told above a whisper. It marks the arrival of Simien (making his feature debut after a handful of shorts) as a major voice; it’s a joyfully confident picture, sophisticated, sexy, and wicked smart. … Read More

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Olivier Assayas on Post-May 1968 France and Romanticizing Youth Rebellion

Yesterday evening, as part of the Festival Albertine, Olivier Assayas was sort of questioned about his films by a panel consisting of legendary music journalist Greil Marcus, Village Voice film critic Stephanie Zacharek, and screenwriter Larry Gross (We Don’t Live Here Anymore). Mostly, though, he was questioned about the atmosphere surrounding May ’68 — the attempted student revolution in Paris that Assayas didn’t really experience  — by the audience. … Read More

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