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Watch: The Con Is On In New Trailer For 'Focus' With Will Smith And Margot Robbie

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Can a veteran blockbuster star, and a rising actress give a new lease on life on the con artist genre? Granted, it's not a genre that has an overabundance of entries, particularly lately, but the duo are hoping to bring some laughters, sexiness, danger and drama with "Focus," and a new trailer for the movie is here. Written and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the movie follows master con artist Nicky, who teaches newcomer Jess the tricks of the trade and also gets romantically entangled with her, before things between them are called off. Three years later Jess resurfaces as a femme fatale in Buenos Aires which could throw Nicky's latest scheme into jeopardy. And this latest trailer brings another look at the twisty tale, and at the two stars who is just so happens will also have roles in a little movie called "Suicide Squad." "Focus" opens on February 27th. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Review: Tim Burton’s ‘Big Eyes’ Starring Amy Adams & Christoph Waltz

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If an auteur is a filmmaker with a distinct and unique point of view—his or her films are immediately identifiable upon a quick first blush— then director Tim Burton unquestionably qualifies. A Tim Burton Film, with its usually playfully macabre style and tone, can be spotted a mile away. But for over a decade this has been the exact problem; Burton’s films have mostly curdled into self-parody given a few exceptions (for the sake of argument we’ll give you “Big Fish”), often aesthetically sumptuous, but otherwise either emotionally slight or just vacant. So Burton teaming up with Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski— the writers behind his last terrific movie “Ed Wood”— for his latest movie “Big Eyes,” a proposed adult drama (and awards contender), was a promising sign. But as an appalling tale of an abusive husband who steals the credit of his wife’s artwork, becoming »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Peter Jackson Says He's Sick Of The "Blockbuster Bandwagon," Has "No Interest" In Comic Book Movies

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Uh oh! It looks like Peter Jackson has been hitting the mead just a little too hard. Granted, he has reason to celebrate, with "The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies" taking $90 million from it's opening on Wednesday until Sunday, helping to bring the worldwide total to $355 million in two weeks. Not too bad. But that take is in light of middling reviews and an ongoing perception that the story didn't need to be stretched into three movies, and is an overlong, overstuffed cash cow made to ride off the success of "The Lord Of The Rings." And yet Jackson is oblivious to the fact that he might be part of the blockbuster problem in Hollywood. In an interview with Moviefone, the filmmaker expresses a desire to return of the more intimate movies of his early career while calling out the very kind of movies he's actively made for more than a decade. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Chris Hemsworth Is Gonna Need A Bigger Boat In New Trailer For 'In The Heart Of The Sea'

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Lately, Ron Howard has been tackling genres not especially known for making the easiest box office bank. The very underrated "Rush" arrived last year, and in just a few months he'll reteam with Chris Hemsworth, travel back in time and get out on open water with "In The Heart Of Sea." Can the duo make it work this time? Well, a new trailer is here, and you're going to need a bigger boat. Co-starring Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw and Benjamin Walker, the movie tells the true story that inspired Herman Melville's masterpiece "Moby Dick." And while Hemsworth isn't playing Queequeq (we'd pay to see that), he does play a hearty sailor who leads everyone else in battling the giant whale who looks like it could flip the entire ship just by flicking tail (in case you're wondering, Whishaw plays the writer). So, battling Loki, saving the internet next month in "Blackhat, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Interview: 'Anna Kendrick' Talks Making 'Into The Woods,' And What She Thinks Of A Possible Singing Career

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If you have two ears and an Internet connection, you've probably heard Anna Kendrick's "Cups," a sing-song-y tune from her sleeper hit "Pitch Perfect." You could have very easily not seen "Pitch Perfect" and still heard "Cups" – it was everywhere. So it's not that big of a surprise to learn that Kendrick is anchoring a big budget studio musical, Disney's "Into the Woods," based on a beloved show by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, for "Chicago" director Rob Marshall. In the film she plays a skewered version of Cinderella, who learns that having the prince fall for you isn't all it's cracked up to be. We recently sat down with Kendrick and talked to her about the development process (she was part of a preliminary script reading that happened in 2012), what she took away from the movie, and just how thrilled she'd be to see an Anna Kendrick version »

- Drew Taylor

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Watch: 37-Minute Talk With Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross About Scoring David Fincher's 'Gone Girl'

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Trent Reznor and Atticus RossNine inch Nails frontman and frequent collaborator, respectively — first worked with David Fincher in 2010 on “The Social Network,” and the collaboration proved incredibly fruitful. The pair won an Oscar for their work on their Original Score and re-teamed with Fincher on “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” This year, they collaborated with the director a third time on “Gone Girl,” and the partnership has already garnered Reznor and Ross a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score. We love the score so much here, we ranked it among the 15 Best Film Scores of 2014. The duo recently sat down for a Q&A about their score at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Right off the bat, they discuss how they first sorted out their process for composing films, which they arrived at via their initial collaboration with Fincher. Reznor reminisces about how Fincher called him »

- Zach Hollwedel

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The Most Overrated And Underrated Films Of 2014

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And so dawns Christmas week and arrives an end-of-year feature we dread, oddly (you can check out all our Best of 2014 coverage here). It’s where The Playlist team members loses a bunch of respect for certain other teammates when we discover the films that we individually regard as the most over- and underrated of the year. The whole notion of “overrated” and “underrated” (particularly the former) is problematic: it implies two value judgements about a film —its quality and the perception of its quality/reputation. It’s difficult enough to agree on the first aspect, but trying to gauge the second adds another layer of subjectivity. But let’s say in the broadest terms that how we determine how a film is “rated” has little to do with box office (“Maleficent” and “Transformers: Age of Extinction” may have made way, way more money than we preferred, but that doesn »

- The Playlist Staff

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Watch: 2 Clips And 5 TV Spots For Acclaimed Martin Luther King Jr. Drama 'Selma'

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Between Eric Garner, Ferguson, the horrific killing of two New York City police officers this weekend, and more across the last year, tensions across race and class divides have never been higher. And while movies may not have the power to heal, they do at least offer a place to find perspective, and in the case of "Selma," a reminder of where the nation has come from since Martin Luther King Jr. led the charge for Civil Rights in America. Set open on Christmas Day, two clips and a handful of TV spots have arrived for the movie, which tracks the historic march from to Selma to Montgomery to secure voting rights. It was a journey that not only galvanized the nation, but the entire world, all while a message of equality and inclusion overrode the hatred and racism that was part of every step of the march. And perhaps »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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The Hollywood Reporter & Variety Critics Name Their Top 10 Films Of 2014

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With all the major movies opening in 2014 having been seen, and with the new year on the horizon, the last of the year-end lists are coming (check out all of ours right here). And as you've noticed, the last few weeks have seen no shortage of folks weigh in. But what about the people in the Hollywood trades? Well, the critics from the two biggest daily providers of all that's moving and shaking in tinseltown have dropped their roundups of the best of what this year had to offer. Over at The Hollywood Reporter, Todd McCarthy found much to love in international cinema this year, shouting out a small handful of movies from across the ocean. So too did Scott Foundas and Justin Chang at Variety, while all three found plenty to love from Hollywood as well. Overall, there are no major surprises to found here, particularly in this late stage of the year. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Relive The Year’s Movie Moments With 6-Minute 'Cinefile 2014'

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2014 was definitely an interesting year for movies, as an exciting amount of great films (“Interstellar,” “Birdman,” “Boyhood,” “Nightcrawler”) went head-to-head with a not-so-surprising assortment of garbage (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” “Transformers: Age of Extinction”). Now you can experience them all again in YouTube user Miguel Branco’s fast-paced and cleverly-edited equal opportunity ode to 2014 releases, titled “Cinefile 2014.” Branco cuts various lines and shots together in such a seamless way as to bind these works together as a whole. Even though it looks like the shots were picked at random, there’s a deliberate structure to the video, as explained in this detailed breakdown. Able to create a sense of nostalgia for a year that’s not over yet, “Cinefile 2014” proves to be a remarkable cinematic tribute. Also, it reminds us that there are still lots of great films from 2014 that we need to catch up with. »

- Oktay Ege Kozak

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'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Will Get Undressed At The Berlin International Film Festival

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Lest you think "Fifty Shades Of Grey" is just some more smut from Hollywood's sleaze machine, the adaptation of the erotic best-seller had hunky lead Jamie Dornan doing some honest-to-God research for his role as a corporate executive with some very kinky stock benefit options — the actor fearlessly went to a sex dungeon.  "I went there, they offered me a beer, and they did…whatever they were into. I saw a dominant with one of his two submissives," he told Elle UK, noting that it was a more light-hearted experience than he was expecting, but still a dirty one. "I was like: 'Come on guys I know I'm not paying for this but I am expecting a show.' It was an interesting evening. Then going back to my wife and newborn baby afterwards... I had a long shower before touching either of them."  Whether or not audiences will also »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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"It’s Going To Be Distributed": Sony Says 'The Interview' Will Be Released, But Not On Crackle

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It may have been the last shopping weekend before Christmas, but for the folks at Sony, they've been busy dealing with the lump of coal the controversy around Seth Rogen and James Franco's "The Interview" has brought them. The story seems to change by the hour, and has even seen folks like George Clooney and President Obama weigh in, but Sony has been going on the offensive lately. First, they hit back at the President's comments that the studio "made a mistake" in pulling the release of the movie, clarifying that it was actually cinema owners who forced their hand by refusing to play the film, and adding that no VOD company stepped up to take on the movie either. And then over the weekend, Sony's attorney David Boies hit NBC’s "Meet The Press" to say that "The Interview" will still be coming. “Sony only delayed this,” he »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Review: 'Night at the Museum: Secret Of The Tomb' With Ben Stiller, Dan Stevens, Owen Wilson, Robin Williams & More

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As far as hooky family movie conceits go, the "Night at the Museum" franchise is centered around a pretty adorable one (one that, it should be noted, is based on a 32-page children's book of the same name by Milan Trenc): thanks to an enchanted tablet, every night after dark, the exhibits at the American Museum of Natural History come to life. A night watchman, played by Ben Stiller, finds out the secret and has to keep all of the museum's inhabitants inside the museum. For a single movie, even under the artless direction of Shawn Levy, the idea played well, especially with a supporting cast stocked with comedic heavyweights like Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais and Dick Van Dyke. With the original film, there was enough genuine whimsy to sustain, but now, with the third film, "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb," even »

- Drew Taylor

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