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Review: Jia Zhangke's Ambitious 'Mountains May Depart'

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This is a reprint of our review from the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. China is becoming ever-more influential on world cinema. Tentpoles now frequently make as much money there as they do in the U.S, which has led to blockbusters being tooled and aimed specifically towards those audiences. It seems unlikely that this new cultural exchange will continue to be a one-way relationship, and it's only a matter of time before a Chinese filmmaker becomes a household name. It's unlikely to be Jia Zhangke, but he's already a very familiar figure among cinephiles. The 45-year-old is widely seen as the best Chinese filmmaker of his generation, having won the Golden Lion at Venice for "Still Life" in 2006, and he has continued to attract attention ever since, most notably with 2013's "A Touch Of Sin" which picked up the screenwriting prize at Cannes that year. He's back in competition at the »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Watch: First Clip From John Michael McDonagh's 'War On Everyone' With Michael Peña & Alexander Skarsgård

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While film festivals are generally seen as the place where cinephiles sit down for nourishing meals of High Art and Important Films, even the most devout follower of celluloid sometimes just wants to relax a bit. And at this year's Berlin International Film Festival, "War On Everyone" may play that role. Read More: The 10 Most Anticipated Films Of The 2016 Berlin Film Festival The picture, which makes its World Premiere at the fest, is directed by John Michael McDonagh ("Calvary," "The Guard"), stars Michael PeñaAlexander SkarsgårdTheo JamesTessa ThompsonCaleb Landry JonesPaul ReiserStephanie Sigman, and David Wilmot, and follows a pair of crooked cops who blackmail everyone in their path, until one criminal offers them a true challenge. Here's the synopsis:   Terry & Bob: tougher than Starsky & Hutch, funnier than Laurel & Hardy and better looking »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Listen: George Miller Talks 'Mad Max' Continuity, Practical Effects, And More In 1 Hour Of 'Fury Road' Interviews

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If you had told me at the beginning of 2015 that one of the major players in the Academy Awards race for Best Director would be George Miller — the mad Aussie responsible for envisioning the uncompromising wasteland of the “Mad Max” pictures — I’d have told you that you were out of your mind. And yet here we are, and “Mad Max: Fury Road,” having landed on many critic’s Top 10 of the year lists (including my own), has now racked up ten Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director for Miller. It’s a neat feat, and reaffirming too: 'Fury Road' is, after all, a highly unusual and at times aggressively bizarre film, and it’s nice to know that genuinely unique, large-scale movies like this can still do well in both the critical and commercial spheres. Read More: George Miller Talks Feminist Elements, Stunts, And Making ' »

- Nicholas Laskin

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Review: Katie Holmes & Luke Kirby In Bipolar Disorder Drama 'Touched With Fire'

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What role does mental illness — particularly bipolar disorder — play in creativity and art? Does experiencing the dramatic highs and lows of the illness fuel creation, and does treatment of symptoms dampen that artistic energy? Freshman filmmaker Paul Dalio’s “Touched with Fire” explores the romance between two poets with the affliction. Forces both internal and external drive the couple together and apart as they struggle to write, love, and survive. Carla (Katie Holmes) begins the film at a low point, unenthusiastically reading her book of poetry to a small, uninvolved group at an event. She is quickly consumed by the desire to figure out what triggered her initial manic episode shortly after college, which leads her to accidentally check herself into a facility under the care of her psychiatrist. After intending just to spend a single night there while doing research in her paperwork, she is not allowed to leave the next morning. »

- Kimber Myers

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'Master Of None' Season 2 Will Arrive In 2017, Plus Watch First Teaser For 'Silicon Valley' Season 3

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Greeted with critical acclaim and love from audiences, Aziz Ansari's Netflix series "Master Of None" was a big hit. However, while many expected the streaming service to quickly announce a new season last fall, that didn't quite happen. In fact, things went a bit quiet around the show, but there's some good news. Read More: The 25 Best TV Shows Of 2015 Ansari announced on Twitter today that "Master Of None" season 2 will arrive in 2017. Those are the only details at the moment. Given how involved he is in the writing of the show, in addition to starring, I'd wager the length of time is needed just to get all the creative pieces in place. And that's fine by me. "Master Of None" turned out to be one of the most refreshing shows of last year. Much ink has been spilled about its diverse casting, and tackling of topics you won't »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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First Look: 24 Images From 'Game Of Thrones' Season 6

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The fate of Jon Snow, and more, will be revealed with "Game Of Thrones" returns for its sixth season on April 24th, though, for now, the secrets will stay hidden. But HBO has given fans a President's Day weekend gift to pore over — twenty-four images from the upcoming season. Read More: The 25 Best TV Dramas Since 'The Sopranos' Five directors are handling the upcoming ten episodes, including series veterans Jeremy Podeswa, Mark Mylod, and Miguel Sapochnik, along with newcomers to Westeros, Daniel Sackheim ("Miami Vice," "The X-Files," and "House") and Jack Bender ("Lost").  So there will be some strong talent behind the camera for what may be the most exciting season yet for fans. "Game Of Thrones" returns on April 24th. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Review: 'How to Be Single' Starring Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Leslie Mann, Alison Brie and Anders Holm

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The romantic comedy is going through a bit of a dry spell. If it were a person, it would be at the stage of eagerly accepting blind dates set up by hopeful aunts or swiping right on everyone on Tinder. Whether it’s part of a general distaste with the genre or the larger movement away from mid-sized movies, the major studios aren’t releasing romantic comedies as frequently as they once were. Last year, the only one with a wide release was “Trainwreck,” which made $110 million on its filthy, funny script and the charm of its star — with only a little traditional romance. Read More: Dakota Johnson Learns 'How To Be Single' In New Trailer With Rebel Wilson, Allison Brie, Leslie Mann, And More Enter “How to Be Single,” with a title that indicates that, like “Trainwreck,” it may not fit the standard romantic comedy mold. Taking »

- Kimber Myers

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20 Great Movie Sex Scenes For Valentine's Day

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Valentine’s Day is just a few days away, and for those of you happily coupled up (or crazy/optimistic enough to plan a first date for February 14th), it means candlelit dinners, staring into each other’s eyes, and, all being well, some uglies-bumping. Which is to say that this day of all days of the year is a time for romance and love, but it’s also a time for sex. This goes for movies, too: not just in theaters (where you can see both “How To Be Single,” and some rather more transgressive antics in “Deadpool,” which introduces the concept of pegging to the X-Men Cinematic Universe), but at home. To mark the occasion, we’ve put together a grab-bag of twenty of our favorite movie sex scenes ever. Some are sexy, some are romantic, and some are funny. Each are highlights of the constituent movies, even »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Breaking Down Michael Mann's Sharper Director's Cut Of ‘Blackhat’

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Meet the new “Blackhat”… same as the old Blackhat —well, mostly. Last night, as part of an ongoing retrospective of his work at Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York, Michael Mann unveiled the world premiere of the new director’s cut of his techno-thriller: a film that, outside of a few passionate partisans in critical circles, was generally met with indifference when it was released last January (here’s our positive review). As someone who was neither a vociferous defender nor an ardent detractor of the film —finding myself feeling detached from its plot and characters while admiring Mann’s formalism, which is often expressive enough to compensate for its script and acting deficiencies— I was curious to see whether Mann’s new version would push me towards one direction or the other. Read More: Retrospective: The Films Of Michael Mann After an extremely terse introduction from Mann himself, »

- Kenji Fujishima

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Watch: Josh Brolin Admits He Didn’t Think ‘Sicario’ Would Work In New 30-Minute Interview, Plus New Photos From Hail, Caesar!’

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Actor Josh Brolin is nothing if not candid. On the recent Nerdist podcast, the 47-year-old Brolin suggested he’s old enough to not really give a shit anymore about what people think. In recent interviews, he’s been pretty frank about how the Coen Brothers are a little peculiar (affectionately calling them “socially inept”) and don’t care for small talk, and on the aforementioned podcast, he dogged the comic book/ western film in which he starred, “Jonah Hex,” revealing most of the film was quickly reshot and mangled in the process. Read More: Review: The Coen Brothers' 'Hail Caesar!' Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton & More    Brolin admitted he initially thought “Sicario,” the critically acclaimed crime thriller from Denis Villeneuve in which he stars with Emily Blunt, missed the mark. He recently elucidated his thoughts about the film on the Dp/30 interview series. “I was pleasantly surprised, »

- Edward Davis

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Watch: First International Trailer And 2 Clips For Mia Hansen-Løve's 'Things To Come' Starring Isabelle Huppert

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The Berlin International Film Festival is now underway, and one of the movies we're eager to see is Mia Hansen-Løve's latest, "L'avenir (Things To Come)." The filmmaker has a compelling storytelling voice, her last feature "Eden" is a Playlist fave, and now we have a reason to brush up on our French, as the first international trailer has landed (via Cinemaldito). Read More: Interview: Mia Hanson-Løve Talks 'Eden,' Daft Punk, French Disco And Her Next Film 'The Future' Starring Isabelle Huppert, André Marcon, Roman Kolinka, Edith Scob and Sarah Le Picard, the film follows a fifty-year-old philosophy teacher grappling with the death of her mother, getting fired from her job, and a husband who is cheating on her. Here's the official synopsis from Berlin.  Nathalie teaches philosophy at a high school in Paris. She is passionate about her job and particularly enjoys passing on the pleasure of thinking. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Exclusive: Saul Bass Inspired Music Video For Corb Lund's "Weight Of The Gun"

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For over two decades, singer/songwriter Corb Lund has been a staple of the Canadian alt-country scene —he scored a Juno prize for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year in 2003 and has been recognized at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards and the Western Canadian Music Awards as well. Lund released his ninth studio album Things That Can't Be Undone last fall, and today we're exclusively debuting the video for "Weight Of The Gun." Read More: 10 Of Saul Bass' Greatest Title Sequences Created by motion graphics editor Sarah Sheikh Bridge along with Digital Media Services, Inc., the Saul Bass inspired video playfully brings to life the lyrics of Lund's lovelorn song. It's a nice homage to one of the greatest graphic designers in cinema history: Bass worked with Otto PremingerStanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock and Martin Scorsese. Watch "Weight Of The Gun" below. Corb Lund is now on tour, »

- Edward Davis

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Watch: Dinner Gets Deadly In New Trailer For Karyn Kusama's 'The Invitation'

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I almost want to tell you not to watch this trailer. One of the pleasures of going into "Girlfight" director Karyn Kusama's thriller "The Invitation" is watching it unfold into unexpected directions, and knowing as little as possible as such will reap the biggest rewards when checking out this mostly single-location picture. But if you need just a little bit more to convince you to check it out, then by all means watch it. Read More: Fantasia Review: 'Girlfight' Director Karyn Kusama's Tense, Single Setting Thriller 'The Invitation' Logan Marshall-Green, Tammy Blanchard, Michiel Huisman, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Lindsay Burdge, John Carroll Lynch, Mike Doyle, Michelle Krusiec, Marieh Delfino and Jay Larson star in a movie following a group of old friends and a couple of oddball newcomers who get together for dinner. But it's soon revealed that there are deadly ramifications for all involved. Here's »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: First Trailer For 'Mother's Day' Starring Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, And Kate Hudson

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Well, we've endured "Valentine's Day" and "New Year's Eve," and now another Hallmark holiday is getting the big screen treatment with "Mother's Day." But perhaps this will solve your problem of what do with Mom this year. Read More: Watch: Julia Roberts And George Clooney Go After The Read Criminals In Trailer For 'Money Monster' Garry Marshall directs an ensemble that includes Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Jason SudeikisTimothy Olyphant, Sarah Chalke, Jon Lovitz, and Britt Robertson. The film weaves together a variety of intersecting storylines, that are all probably very heartwarming, and Mom friendly by the end.  "Mother's Day" opens on April 29th. Watch below. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: First Trailer For Thriller 'Criminal' Starring Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones, Alice Eve & Gal Gadot

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Last year, Ben Kingsley's brain was put into the body of Ryan Reynolds, and the result was the terrible "Self/Less." But if you need your annual quota of brain/body switching movies filled, then the good news is that "Criminal" is on the way, and it boasts a surprisingly deep cast. Read More: Tarsem Singh's 'Self/Less' Starring Ryan Reynolds And Ben Kingsley Directed by Ariel Vroman ("The Iceman"), the movie stars Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones, Gal Gadot, Alice Eve, and Ryan Reynolds, in a high concept thriller that sounds like a little "Self/Less" meets "Face/Off." Here's the official synopsis:  The story of the right man in the wrong body. In a last-ditch effort to stop a diabolical plot, a dead CIA operative’s memories, secrets, and skills are implanted into an unpredictable and dangerous death-row inmate in hopes the he will complete the operative’s mission. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: New Trailer For 'The Huntsman: Winter’s War' With Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Jessica Chastain & Emily Blunt

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So what is "The Huntsman: Winter's War"? The followup to "Snow White And The Huntsman" has dropped Kristen Stewart, brought back Charlize Theron, and now features Emily Blunt, Jessica Chastain, and Chris Hemsworth in the fairy tale reimagination actioner. And according to the new trailer, it's a prequel. Read More: Watch: First Trailer For 'The Huntsman: Winter's War' With Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt, And Charlize Theron Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, the visual effects supervisor on the first movie, is now behind the camera for this effort, which seems to have upped the action and special effects, but honestly, not my interest in this, aside from seeing Chastain put on her blockbuster game face. Here's the official synopsis:  Long before the evil Queen Ravenna (Theron) was thought vanquished by Snow White’s blade, she watched silently as her sister, Freya (Blunt), suffered a heartbreaking betrayal and fled their kingdom.  With Freya’s. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Will Arnett Untangles His Past In Trailer For Netflix Series 'Flaked'

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Post the original run of "Arrested Development," Will Arnett hasn't quite found his footing with live action fare. He was great in the short-lived NBC sitcom "Up All Night," and his voicework has landed him plum gigs in "Bojack Horseman" and "The Lego Movie," with his own "The Lego Batman Movie" in the works. But now he'll get to show a bit of range in the upcoming Netflix series "Flaked," which looks like it could be nice, minor key effort. Read More: The 25 Most Anticipated New TV Shows Of 2016 Written by Will Arnett and Mark Chappell ("The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret"), with Mitch Hurwitz ("Arrested Development") among the executive producers, the series follows Chip, who tries to rebuild in his life in Venice, California. Here's the official synopsis:  Set in the insular world of Venice, California, Flaked centers on Chip, a celebrated self-appointed "guru" who falls »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Cable Rumored For 'Deadpool 2,' Writers Tease More X-Men In The Future

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"Deadpool" is looking like it'll be a big smash hit this weekend, to the point that 20th Century Fox has already greenlit a sequel. And while the movie is positioned as the anti-superhero movie that stands apart from the crowd, there's a strong part of it that wants to be part of the X-Men world, and the screenwriters of "Deadpool" and the sequel, Rhett Reese and Paul Werick, suggest as much in their chat with Yahoo. "We haven’t seen 'X-Men: Apocalypse.' We don’t know what’s coming. [Simon Kinberg] knows what’s coming, and he also knows what’s the plan after 'Apocalypse.' It’s much easier for us to figure out how to plug X-Men into Deadpool’s universe than to figure out how to plug Deadpool into other universes. And that will be something that probably collectively, if we succeed, we’ll all come together on, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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First Look Photos: Tom Hanks In Tom Tykwer’s ‘A Hologram For The King’

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Cloud Atlas” might have been an ambitious folly, but if there’s one person who probably enjoyed the experience, it’s Tom Hanks. While the film is largely credited to the Wachowski siblings, one has to remember it was actually co-directed by German filmmaker Tom Tykwer, known for “Run Lola Run,” and it was said the Wachowskis handled the more fantastical elements of the film with Tykwer helming the more realistic sections. Either way, what did Hanks pretty much do straight after ‘Atlas’? Sign up for Tom Tykwer’s next project, “A Hologram For The King,” and it’s a bit of a change of pace. It’s a German-American-produced comedy drama based on the 2012 novel of the same name written by Dave Eggers. The film stars Hanks, Tom Skerritt and Sarita Choudhury from “Homeland” and the dramedy tells the story of a washed-up, desperate American salesman who travels to »

- Edward Davis

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Watch: It's God Vs. Man In New Trailer For 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice'

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It doesn't need to be repeated but Warner Bros. has a lot riding on "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice." So, they aren't playing coy when it comes to marketing the movie, and today comes yet another trailer which offers a slightly different tone, some new footage, and confirms this is a Zack Snyder joint all the way. Read More: Watch: The Bat Is Dead In New Clip From 'Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice' You know the basic rundown by now: Ben Affleck is an older gritty Batman, who doesn't take so kindly to Henry Cavill's Superman's destructive tendencies. Thus, they become enemies until they united against a common foe in Doomsday, with a little help from Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman. According to Kevin Smith, Affleck will be a great Batman (see below), but it doesn't take much to get him excited. "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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