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Watch Kate Winslet and Alan Rickman in first clip from ‘A Little Chaos’

Entertainment Weekly premiered a clip from Alan Rickman’s upcoming film, A Little Chaos, in which he plays King Louis… Read More

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‘Eternal Sunshine’ Destroyed the Manic Pixie Dream Girl Stereotype Before It Even Existed

On the tenth anniversary of its theatrical release, plenty still sticks out in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. There’s the seamless, low-budget blend of sci-fi and romance. There’s the trippy visuals, starting with a blue hairdo that puts Lea Seydoux’s to shame. Oh, and there’s Jim Carrey’s refreshingly non-terrifying appearance. But a re-watch of Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman’s dorm-room staple, ten years down the road, reveals an achievement viewers in 2004 literally didn’t have the words to articulate: a rebuttal to the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope, back when Zooey Deschanel was still the lady from Elf.  … Read More

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13 Great Anti-Valentine’s Day Movies You Can Stream Right Now

If you’re dating or married, Valentine’s Day can be a high-stress holiday: figuring out what to get your partner, how much is trying too hard, how much isn’t trying enough, where to go, what to do, what not to do, and whether this really is the right night to bring up that previously unmentioned lovechild. But if you’re, shall we say, between partners, February 14 is a miserable day indeed, an interminable blizzard of flowers and candy and bullshit. Who needs it? So if you’d like to shy away from the syrupy romantic fare typical of Valentine’s Day movie-watching, fear not; here are a baker’s dozen anti-romantic movies for your weekend… Read More

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Jason Reitman’s ‘Labor Day’ is 2013’s Most Fascinating Film Failure

Jason Reitman has had a pretty easy go of it so far. The progeny of Hollywood royalty, his four films to date — Thank You for Smoking, Juno, Up in the Air, and Young Adult — were met with mostly good reviews and decent box office, as well as two Academy Award nominations for Best Director. Sure, there’s been a backlash (there always is), but it was mostly a quiet one. Until now. Reitman’s latest, an adaptation of the Joyce Maynard novel Labor Day, premiered to decidedly mixed reviews (and worse buzz) at Telluride late last summer. Paramount had initially pegged it for a December, Oscar-friendly limited release — as they’d done with Up in the Air and Young Adult — but as that date approached, they quietly shuffled it off to January (leaving only a week-long Oscar-qualifying run in L.A. for December). In other words, Labor Day is likely to get ignored in the crush of December and presumed stinky in the graveyard of January. Both sentences are a shame, since it’s a risky and genuinely unusual piece of work. … Read More

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Gorgeous Artwork Inspired by Your Favorite Modern-Classic Movies

Alice X. Zhang is a designer and illustrator with a love for movies, and that affection is clearly displayed in Moments, her upcoming solo show at the Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn. Zhang’s gorgeous images masterfully capture the essence of such modern classics as Pulp Fiction, There Will Be Blood, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Moonrise Kingdom; here’s a few highlights from the show, which opens Friday and runs through the month. … Read More

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10 Celebrities Who Might Be Real-Life Superheroes

Forget teacup poodles and ripped denim vests — there’s a new fad in Hollywood, and it’s much more exciting than any old-fashioned accessory. These days, it seems like everyone wants a piece of the superhero pie. Although, after all this Avengers hoopla, can you really blame them? Upon hearing that Jennifer Lawrence has been dubbed a “hero” after helping an unconscious stranger, we were inspired to round up some more celebrities who just might be superheroes. Check ‘em out after the jump, and feel free to suggest some appropriate superhero alter egos in the comments — because, well, we can’t kick the idea that Ryan Gosling’s superhero persona should resemble an actual gosling, or perhaps our favorite Gosselin, and neither of those things are very intimidating. … Read More

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The Actors With the Worst On-Screen Love Lives

One of our favorite movies of the year, Sarah Polley’s heartbreaking Take This Waltz, hits theaters this Friday (but, heads up, you can watch it on demand right effing now, and should). In it, Michelle Williams plays a writer who jeopardizes her seemingly happy marriage when she falls for the handsome fellow down the street. Thinking back on the movie, we couldn’t help but muse that Williams seems an actress particularly unlucky in love on screen; in fact, she’s one of many actors who seem to have made a specialty of playing characters who are perpetually getting screwed, romantically speaking. After the jump, we take a look at the unlucky cinematic love lives of Williams and nine of her contemporaries (to keep it simple, we stuck with modern actors). Some spoilers ahead, so read at your own risk, etc.; agree, disagree, and add your own nominees in the comments. … Read More

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The Most Insufferable Holiday Movies of All Time

Everybody loves a good holiday movie. When we wrote last week about the beginning of the season, and our favorite annual Christmas movies (Die Hard and It’s A Wonderful Life), our readers threw in their favorites: A Christmas Story, Christmas Vacation, Bad Santa, Muppets Christmas Carol, Miracle on 34th Street, etc. But, lest we forget, every film of the season ain’t White Christmas; there are plenty of rotten holiday movies. (And, in fact, one of them is coming out tomorrow: steer clear of New Year’s Eve as though your life depends on it.) As many great Christmas movies as there are, it’s also a very tricky style to get right, requiring the proper mix of holiday cheer, sentiment, laughs, and warmth. It is pretty easy to screw that elixir up, and end up with something sickly sweet and utterly unwatchable. After the jump, we’ll gather up a few lumps of coal from our previous Christmas stockings. … Read More

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Female Performances Dominate This Year’s New York Film Festival

The 49th annual New York Film Festival drew to a close last night with screenings of The Descendants, the new (and rather wonderful) comedy/drama from director Alexander Payne (Sideways, Election, About Schmidt). Its centerpiece performance is a magnificent, nuanced turn by George Clooney, but there’s another one well worth mentioning: that of Shailene Woodley, the heretofore-unknown-to-your-author actor (she apparently co-stars on The Secret Life of the American Teenager, whatever the hell that is) who plays his 17-year-old daughter Alexandra. Woodley appears in nearly as much of the picture as Clooney, in a role just a complicated and difficult as his, and in scene after scene, she just nails it. Woodley’s complex (and relatively unsung, thus far anyway) performance puts a final spotlight on perhaps the most encouraging trend at this year’s NYFF: a rich assortment of extraordinary female performances. … Read More

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