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‘Complete Unknown’ With Rachel Weisz & Michael Shannon Beguiles, But Doesn’t Satisfy [Review]

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Most fictional stories — even ones about everyday life — start with a fantasy. In director Joshua Marston’s moody new drama “Complete Unknown,” the big “what if” is simple but strong. What if a person just walked away from her old life and started over somewhere else, with a new identity? Then what if she […]

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- Noel Murray

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Video Essay Explores Why Heath Ledger’s Joker Is The Perfect Villain In ‘The Dark Knight’

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Recently, our own Oli Lyttleton penned a thoughtful and persuasive essay on the lack of memorable bad guys both in superhero films and big tentpole productions. The reasons for this are many, and it surely won’t be news to anyone who’s been paying attention to the strange and fascinating climate for blockbusters that has emerged […]

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- Nicholas Laskin

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‘Is That You?’ Follows The Road Half Traveled [Review]

26 August 2016 2:30 PM, PDT

Describe Dani Menkin’s new film, “Is That You?,” in one word, and that word might well be “ambitious,” or at least “shrewd.” Instead of just making a quirky road trip movie to delight crowds of twenty-something cinephiles, or a comically bittersweet “road not taken” picture to tickle moviegoers of advanced ages, Menkin made a road […]

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- Andrew Crump

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Video Essay Gets Between The Sheets And Looks At The Science Of Movie Sex Scenes

26 August 2016 2:07 PM, PDT

“Scopophilia” is a Greek term that is defined as “pleasure to be derived from watching.” Understandably, it’s a term that some academics have employed when discussing what it means to depict sex onscreen. There have been plenty of sex scenes in the history of cinema – some charged with erotic fantasy, some gritty and naturalistic, […]

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- Nicholas Laskin

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‘Ace The Case’ Is An Interminable Mystery That Shouldn’t Be Solved [Review]

26 August 2016 1:51 PM, PDT

No matter the intended audience, and lord knows who that is, Kevin Kaufman’s film “Ace the Case” is a remarkably dreadful film. And if the morbidly curious have the patience to see if the picture is able to pull itself together after its shockingly disjointed first ten minutes, spoiler: it doesn’t, and in some ways, […]

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- Ally Johnson

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‘The 9th Life of Louis Drax’ Soundtrack Features New, Original Music By Award-Winning Patrick Watson

26 August 2016 1:31 PM, PDT

Fans of Patrick Watson rejoice; the critically acclaimed singer-songwriter has written new music for Alexandre Aja’s upcoming “The 9th Life of Louis Drax.” For those unfamiliar with the Canadian crooner, Watson is known for his albums Love Songs For Robots and, the 2007 Polaris Prize winner Close To Paradise. Melding indie rock with classical music styles, […]

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- Hildi Gabel

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‘Mia Madre’ Is A Moving, Sensitive Return To Form For Director Nanni Moretti [Review]

26 August 2016 1:15 PM, PDT

This is a reprint of our review from the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Only a handful of filmmakers have ever won the Palme D’Or twice (among them: the Dardennes, Michael Haneke, and Francis Ford Coppola), and it looks like this year won’t be the one that another pulls off the achievement. “Uncle Boonmee” helmer Apichatpong […]

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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Time To Feel ‘Insecure’ With Trailer For HBO’s Upcoming Comedy Series

26 August 2016 12:50 PM, PDT

If you had told us a few years ago that making a web series would lead to a deal at HBO, we would’ve said you were crazy, but times have changed. The avenues for telling stories are as varied and multifaceted as ever, and the means of production getting cheaper by the day. So when […]

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Tunnel’ Is A Slick But Minor Rescue Thriller [Review]

26 August 2016 12:29 PM, PDT

By the end of the first act of Kim Seong-hun’s South Korean thriller “Tunnel,” it’s hard not to think of “The Martian.” This is in part because the former is essentially a scaled-down version of the latter: Instead of a brilliant and resourceful astronaut, we are given an average if persistent car salesman, and instead […]

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- Gary Garrison

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‘Kicks’ Soundtrack Features Wu-Tang Clan, RJD2, Charles Bradley, Plus Score By Brian Reitzell, And More

26 August 2016 11:56 AM, PDT

Justin Tipping’s upcoming indie “Kicks” is one we’ll be eagerly anticipating this fall. Already boasting stellar cinematography and an intriguing plot, the film is adding a dynamic soundtrack to its list of selling points. Read More: The 25 Best Movie Soundtracks Of The 21st Century So Far “Kicks” follows 15-year-old Brandon, played by Jahking Guillory, who […]

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- Hildi Gabel

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Podcast: The Playlist Digs Into Arrow Video’s Gorgeous Blu-ray Set ‘Female Prisoner Scorpion: The Complete Collection’

26 August 2016 11:34 AM, PDT

The Playlist Podcast is back and ready to take vengeance! On this episode we discuss Arrow Video’s recent Blu-ray release, “Female Prisoner Scorpion: The Complete Collection.” This gorgeous box set features all four films in the “Female Prisoner Scorpion” series, and though they’ve been difficult to access until now, their influence looms large even today. Thanks to the devoted folks […]

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- Erik McClanahan

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Gangs Get Ready To Rumble In Trailer For Philip Kaufman’s Newly Restored ‘The Wanderers’

26 August 2016 10:58 AM, PDT

In 1979, “The Warriors” wasn’t the only movie to open depicting the rough-and-tumble lives of gang members on the streets of New York. While not quite establishing the same level of cult fervor, Philip Kaufman‘s “The Wanderers” had its own share of colorful characters in a slightly more comedic take on the gritty clashes between varying […]

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Exclusive: Rachel Weisz Surprises Michael Shannon In Clip From ‘Complete Unknown’

26 August 2016 10:24 AM, PDT

Reinvention can be something positive: a way to shed bad habits, embrace change, and become a better person. But what happens what the process becomes pathological? That’s the premise behind “Complete Unknown” starring Rachel Weisz and Michael Shannon, a compelling drama in which the past and present clash in intriguing ways. Read More: Sundance Review: […]

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- Edward Davis

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Life Is Ruff In First Trailer For Lasse Hallström’s ‘A Dog’s Purpose’

26 August 2016 9:58 AM, PDT

This week, Kate Knibbs at The Ringer had a very simple request: If Your Movie Has “Dog” in the Title, It Should Have Dogs in the Movie. Indeed, if you’re going to see “War Dogs” this weekend expecting canines, you’ll be sorely disappointed. Well, the good news for Knibbs is that “A Dog’s Purpose” doesn’t just […]

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Harmony Korine Adapting Controversial Novel ‘Tampa,’ Says New Florida Set Movie Will Shoot Next

26 August 2016 9:40 AM, PDT

Directing Rihanna‘s sexy “Needed Me” video and an ad for Supreme featuring his rapper pal Gucci Mane, the one thing Harmony Korine hasn’t done this year is gear up production on a new feature film. Initially, his super-promising-sounding project “The Trap,” that had Idris ElbaBenicio Del Toro, Robert Pattinson, Al Pacino, and James Franco set to […]

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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New Trailer For Animated ‘Miss Hokusai’ Brings You Back To 1800s Japan

26 August 2016 8:59 AM, PDT

The name Hokusai might not immediately ring a bell for a lot of people outside of Japan. However, the famed artist is responsible for one of the most overly reprinted works seen around the world, “The Great Wave Of Kanagawa.” In the new animated film “Miss Hokusai,” though, it’s his daughter who is the focus. […]

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- Charles Dean

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Exclusive: Hear 3 Tracks From Hanan Townshend’s Score For Terrence Malick Produced ‘The Vessel’

26 August 2016 8:34 AM, PDT

Hanan Townshend‘s journey from college student to frequent collaborator with Terrence Malick didn’t involve high-powered agents, or rubbing shoulders with the director at a fancy cocktail party. Rather, it was Townshend answering a simple, generic classified ad that led to him working in the music department on “The Tree Of Life.” And from there, Townshend became […]

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- Edward Davis

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Russos Talk Captain America Losing His Identity, Plus Early And Much Different Story Idea For ‘Civil War’

26 August 2016 7:36 AM, PDT

Arguably more dramatic than Superman’s “death” in “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice,” when Captain America laid down his shield at the end of “Captain America: Civil War,” it marked an ideological line in the sand. Steve Rogers could no longer in good conscience wear the badge of heroism given everything that transpired between The […]

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Sarah Paulson Joins The ‘Ocean’s Eight’ Gang

26 August 2016 7:21 AM, PDT

Sarah Paulson is currently in the midst of one helluva streak. Last year she shined in a supporting role in Todd Haynes‘ “Carol,” and kicked off 2016 with an Emmy-nominated turn in “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” From there, she’s reteamed with Ryan Murphy for his upcoming TV series “Feud,” where she’ll […]

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Kate Mara Would Also Return To Make Another ‘Fantastic Four’ Movie

26 August 2016 6:39 AM, PDT

There were a lot of things that went wrong with 20th Century Fox and Josh Trank‘s “Fantastic Four,” but the cast wasn’t one of them. No filmmaker could ask for a better quartet of young talent, with Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell doing their best with what was, by all […]

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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