Warren Beatty

The 10 Best True Crime Movies Ever Made

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Today, New York’s Film Forum kicks off a four-week, 50-film “True Crime” festival, spotlighting some of the most iconic dramas, mysteries, and thrillers based on real events. It’s one of our most durable genres — the festival spans something like eight decades — and for good reason: the best true crime movies are often tense, gripping, and suspenseful (even when we already know the outcome). Here are a few of our all-time favorites.
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The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘Maggie,’ ‘Slow West’

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This week’s new release shelf contains two movies that I wish we could count among spring’s sleeper hits — but in spite of their high quality and genre trappings, they never found an audience at the art house. But that’s what home video is for, right? Also out this week: a terrific period thriller, and a pair of catalog titles, new to Netflix and worth a second look.
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The 10 Best On-and-Off-Screen Couples in Movie History

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Hollywood lost one of its last lions yesterday, as the legendary Lauren Bacall died at 89. She had a long and storied career, performing on film, radio, stage, and television, but America first knew her as the whisky-voiced marvel who taught Humphrey Bogart how to whistle. Bacall and Bogart were just one of the many Hollywood couples whose onscreen relationship became an off-screen one; let’s take a look at their famous pairing, and those of a few more great movie couples who kept their chemistry going off the set.
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10 Proposed Movie Sequels That Didn’t Happen

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A mere month ago, it looked like The Mortal Instruments was going to be the next big thing, a popular YA book series making the leap to big-screen franchise. But the flagship entry in the film series tanked, its author jumped ship, and MI looked like yet another book series tossed onto the would-be Harry Potter scrap heap. Last week came news that the first sequel — which was, incredibly, already in pre-production — has been “pushed back.” Producers Constantin Film aren’t yet pulling the plug officially, but it sure as hell looks like this flick’s on life support. Meanwhile, another, higher-profile sequel, the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film, also saw its production delayed and release date pushed back at least a year. This one has a greater chance of still happening — but if it joins City of Bones in development hell, they’ll not be the first promised sequels that never came off.
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10 of Hollywood’s Most Legendary “Troubled Productions”

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This Friday, Paramount unleashes World War Z, the Brad Pitt-fronted zombie apocalypse tale that has been on the receiving end of an inordinate amount of pre-release bad buzz. Stories of third-act rewrites, tension between star and director, shifting release dates, and massive budget and schedule overruns have dominated WWZ’s advance publicity, far more than anything of note about the film itself (which is unfortunate, as it’s a frequently gripping and reasonably intelligent disaster flick). But that’s nothing new in Hollywood; for decades we’ve been fascinated by stories of high-profile productions run amok, and by guessing whether those on-set woes would actually impact the final product.
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The 10 Best Movies About Lovers on the Run

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Good news for cinephiles: the kind folks at Criterion were kind enough to restore and release (on DVD and Blu-ray, along with the expected goody basket of bonus features) Terrence Malick’s Badlands, which is out this week. It’s mostly notable as Malick’s debut feature, but it was also a cornerstone picture of one of cinema’s most durable subgenres: the “lovers on the run” movie, in which an attractive young couple hits the road, fleeing their unfortunate crimes (and/or committing more), with the law in hot pursuit. If you’re in the mood for a marathon, we’ve got a few suggestions after the jump.
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The 10 Most Inexplicably Expensive Movies Ever Made

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Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful is out this Friday, in case you haven’t looked at a magazine or a television or the side of a bus recently, and while we know it’s a big-budget would-be Mouse blockbuster, attempting to replicate the astonishing (and frankly inexplicable) success of Burton’s Alice in Wonderland three years back, we still had to pick our jaws up off the floor when we got a look at its monster budget: $325 million in production and marketing costs. Yes, you read that right: 325. No extra numbers in there.
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