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‘Breathe,’ the Tale of Adolescent Obsession Written and Directed by Mélanie Laurent, Is Coming Stateside

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Actor turned writer/director Mélanie Laurent first debuted Breathe (or Respire if we’re being pedantic) at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, but U.S. audiences — who were introduced to Laurent in a Hollywood context through Inglorious Basterds — will finally have the chance to see it. Arthouse distributor Film Movement acquired the rights to the film back in March, and it’s been announced that they’ll give Breathe a limited release across the country on September 11. 
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Paul Feig Tweets Photos of New ‘Ghostbusters’ Uniforms and Proton Pack

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It’s Manhattan, you want to look your best, but you also need to be practical and factor in the occupational hazard  of being covered in slime. So, the dark grey, no-frills jumpsuit it is. Paul Feig (who’s directing the upcoming female Ghostbusters remake) shared a picture of the new team of said busters’ (Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones’) uniforms, as well as the  the latest “proton pack”, which looks possibly even more rustic than its first iteration, invented by Dr. Egon Spengler.
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Watch: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman Puzzle Over a Murder in ‘Secret in Their Eyes’ Trailer

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You may be puzzling over a remake of the 2009 Argentine film (which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film) Secrets in their Eyes. Now with the first trailer, you can feel united with the film’s characters, who are also going through a serious bout of befuddlement: of course, as in the original, their form of confusion is over the details of a specific murder, while yours may be more generally over the prolonged death of originality in American cinema.
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The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘While We’re Young,’ ‘Danny Collins’

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For my money, the biggest event of the week, new release-wise, is the long, long, long-awaited DVD/Blu-ray unveiling of the Decline of Western Civilization trilogy, but let’s not downplay the rest of the week’s crop. Over on Netflix, we’ve got a solid documentary on a musical legend; Criterion has a new edition of a deliciously odd Czech classic; and two of the spring’s most interesting indies arrive on Blu-ray, along with a surprisingly moving Al Pacino vehicle.
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Those Bastards Will Remake ‘Back to the Future’ Over Robert Zemeckis’s Dead Body

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A few days ago, Vox’s Todd VanDerWerff tweeted, “We should probably thank the gods there’s not a new Back to the Future coming this fall, with Marty’s kid traveling back to 1985.” It’s the kind of a perfect tweet/encapsulation of the industry at this moment, inasmuch as it’s a terrible idea that any studio executive would greenlight in a New York minute.
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The Anthropological Power of the Long-Unavailable (But Never Forgotten) ‘Decline of Western Civilization’ Trilogy

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For years now, Penelope Spheeris’ Decline of Western Civilization documentaries have loomed larger as artifacts and specters than as actual films, thanks in no small part to their decades-long lack of availability via official channels. They were never previously available on DVD, due to a combination of licensing issues and the director’s own reluctance to revisit them; if you wanted to see them, you had to buy a pricey VHS copy on eBay (and then find a way to watch a VHS tape) or, more likely, a bootleg.
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