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The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘American Sniper,’ ‘Girlhood’

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Temperatures are rising and the multiplexes are filling with big summer blockbusters, which is about all the reason you need to say to hell with it, lock the doors, and watch movies in your living room. It’s a particularly eclectic week on the home video front, with Netflix offering up one of the year’s best films thus far, a monster war movie and a revolutionary Shakespeare adaptation on the new-release shelf, and Criterion presenting two flawed but fascinating almost-classics.
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‘Cymbeline,’ Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Romeo + Juliet,’ and Why Shakespeare Is So Hard to Adapt for the Screen

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When a director does Shakespeare today, it seems there are three options most commonly selected, each of which has its drawbacks. The first is to do a loyal interpretation, maintaining the original setting and time specified by the Bard (for if you’re the type that chooses loyalty, you also may use this insufferable term), but risking the adaptation seeming like an ostentatiously astute encapsulation of a period and lifestyle that’s now irrelevant. The second is to set it in the present day,  underscoring the barbarism, archaism, and/or hilarity of a current societal norm by aligning it with Elizabethan text, but also risking bifurcating the text and its original meaning. The third is to set it somewhere and sometime else completely, avoiding the distraction of current day trappings (Lady Macbeth discovers Seinfeld emojis!), not to mention the equally distracting trappings of Elizabethan imitation (vocal fry is especially noticeable when it’s coming from a ruff-encased throat).
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Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Gravity’ Isn’t Just a Film — It’s an Essential Moviegoing Experience

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There’s a key image that appears two or three times in Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, of a single, solitary figure, floating off into the deep, black void of space. It is a powerful visual, encompassing both the genuine awe of the setting, and the utter terror of the situation. “Life in space is impossible,” an early title card reads, and we’re given no reason to think otherwise.
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This Week in Trailers: Meryl, Medea, "Mansome" and More!

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Every Friday here at Flavorwire, we like to gather up the week’s new movie trailers, give them a look-see, and rank them from worst to best — while taking a guess or two about what they might tell us (or hide from us) about the movies they’re promoting. We’ve got seven new ones for you this week — including a couple of titles from that festival, plus new stuff from Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Steve Carell, Blake Lively, Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Robert Pattinson, and Tyler Perry. Check ‘em all out after the jump, and share your thoughts in the comments.
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Daily Dose Pick: The Way Back

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Australian filmmaker Peter Weir returns with The Way Back, a WWII epic about a disparate group of prisoners that escapes from a Siberian labor camp to journey thousands of miles across hostile and treacherous terrain.

A story of survival and the power of the human spirit, the film is inspired by The Long Walk: The Story of a Trek to Freedom — a ghost-written bestseller about Slavomir Rawicz, a Polish Army officer captured by the Soviets after the invasion of Poland in 1939. Rawicz claimed he escaped from the Gulag in 1941 with six other prisoners, but the veracity of the story has come into question since his death in 2004.
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