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    Don't Call Her Shirley. Or Hillary. Sigourney Weaver in 'Political Animals'

    Politics can be sleazy, but might just be out-sleazed by 'Political Animals,' the melodrama a clef that unimaginatively, nastily leeches off the Clintons. Even the great Sigourney Weaver, in the don’t-call-her-Hillary role, can’t save this tacky, leaden miniseries, whose clu...

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    'Savages': Oliver Stone Collides with the World of 'Breaking Bad'

    Savages begins with an image of severed heads, and like so many Oliver Stone films, the story sounds as if it has substance beneath all its violence. A Mexican drug cartel  has sent this head-rolling video as a warning to a trio of beautiful young things living in idyllic Laguna Beach: And...

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    Savages—movie review

    It isn’t a requirement that you like a movie’s central characters, but it usually helps develop rooting interest. That’s one reason Savages comes up short: it’s difficult to care about anyone. If director and co-writer Oliver Stone had told the story more compactly, or not en...

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    With 'Savages,' Oliver Stone Turns a Pulpy Novel About the Drug War Into… A Pulpy Movie About the Drug War

    Stone tackles this sun-soaked California tale of young marijuana growers tussling with the territorial Mexican cartel by borrowing the book's breathless forward motion and wily tone.

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    Watch: 6 Clips From 'Savages' Offer Extended Look At Plot & Amplified Performances

    After a string of biopics, a documentary, and a decent “Wall Street” sequel, it's clear Oliver Stone is ready to return to his special, sun-soaked universe -- one where the violent atmosphere infuses every frame and its characters' swaggering personalities aren't too far behi...

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    New Images Of Blake Lively, Aaron Johnson, Taylor Kitsch, Salma Hayek & More In 'Savages'

    While Universal's decision to move Oliver Stone's "Savages" from a fall release date to a prime summer slot on the same weekend that "The Amazing Spider-Man" hits theaters may seem like a strange choice, there's a certain logic to it from a counter-programming pe...

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    Tom Cruise Has Seen Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master,' Has "Issues" With It

    Since rumors started to fly about Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film, "The Master," which was said, and has now pretty much been confirmed, to be about the much-mocked religion of Scientology, there's been one question on the back of many our minds: what does Tom Cruise think about the whole thing? ...

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    Citizen Kane and Pulp Fiction, Two Overrated Classics Coming to a Blu-ray Player Near You

    This week in his “Now and Then” column, Matt Brennan — inspired by the re-release of Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941) and the upcoming Blu-ray edition of Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994) — tries to explain how a movie becomes a “classic.” Trailers below:To paraphrase the famous saying, some m...

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    BAM Blows Out DePalma's Suspense

    Brian DePalma is one of those filmmakers whose profile has lost luster over the years along with his commercial studio cred. It shouldn't. Simon Abrams writes about the thrillmeister on a the eve of a BAM retrospective:This weekend, Brooklynites can pump themselves up for the Criterion Collection's forthcoming release of Brian De Palma's Blow Out by checking out the BAMcinemathek retrospective aptly titled "De Palma's Suspense." Programmed by Noah Baumbach, this year’s BAM Cinema Club Chair, the thirteen day-long series showcase is a perfect way to see De Palma's films. It's also a great opportunity to check out Dressed to Kill and Obsession,...

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    Paul Haggis Talks Scientology to The New Yorker, ABC Videos Cruise

    We've been waiting for Lawrence Wright's New Yorker Scientology expose ever since Canadian writer-director Paul Haggis (Crash) denied involvement in writing a tell-all book. That may not be necessary now that The New Yorker has published the 26-page story about the director and his many years spent ...

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