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    Loose Threads: Alejandro González Iñárritu’s "Biutiful"

    If you took Ikiru, added a dash of The Sixth Sense, a dollop of A Woman Under the Influence, and then topped it off with a pinch of El Norte, you might end up with something resembling Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Biutiful. This isn’t the first time Iñárritu has taken a buffet-style approach to storytelling. In his previous features, Amores Perros, 21 Grams, and Babel, he and screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga built a brand around their multicharacter/overlapping/achronological storytelling, and though each of those films yielded successively diminishing artistic returns, Iñárritu and Arriaga steadily ascended to the top ranks of international c...

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    Who Were Your Favorite Breakthroughs and Scene-Stealers of 2010?

    If you haven't checked out The Playlist's annual celebration of the year's breakthrough performances, do so as soon as possible. They've noted that it was a good year for the female newcomer/standout, logical since it was a great year for actresses in general. The blog's writers have selected a few obvious choices (Jennifer Lawrence; Hailee Steinfeld; Armie Hammer) and a good number of surprises (Sarah Steele; Whitney Able; Dieter Laser). My favorite breakthrough of the year, listed alongside his "Animal Kingdom" costar Jackie Weaver, is Ben Mendelsohn. He actually may have given my favorite performance of the year, period. I saw the movie a ...

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    IFC to Release The Other Woman, Starring Pregnant Natalie Portman

    Just as we are all trying to get used to the idea of wraith-like Natalie Portman as a pregnant soon-to-be new mom, she turns up pregnant in a movie filmed two years ago that was recently picked up by IFC, The Other Woman. Written and directed by Don Roos (The Opposite of Sex) and produced by Marc Pl...

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    Escapism as Art: Steven Spielberg's 'Duel.'

    This post is intended as part of the Spielberg Blogathon hosted by Adam Zanzie and Ryan Kelly, which ends today.

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    Blizzard Short. Inspired by Vertov, Praised by Ebert.

    The introduction to Dziga Vertov's, "Man With a Movie Camera" (from 1929), includes the on screen advisory that the film is a cinematic experiment aimed at, "creating a truly international language of cinema based on its absolute separation from the language of theater and literature."

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    Stay Calm Nerds: Demi Lovato Won't Be In 'The Avengers'

    Geeks have been worried over the past few days as gossip site Radar Online revealed that Demi Lovato was up for a role in Joss Whedon's "The Avengers" that will be shooting in the spring. "'The Avengers' is ruined!" comic nerds cried, but as it turns out and as we pretty much figured, there isn't mu...

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    Diane Kruger Replaces Eva Green In 'Farewell, My Queen'

    Man, can Eva Green get a break these days? Gemma Arterton has taken over the role previously slotted for the actress in Michael Mann's gestating "Capa" and now, Diane Kruger has stepped in for the actress in Benoit Jacquot's adaptation of Chantal Thomas' novel, "Farewell, My Queen."

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    Oscar Watch: Kids Are All Right Faces Academy Males

    Oscar campaigners call them the Steak Eaters. The Academy is full of them--they're red-blooded males (not just American--Europeans and Aussies too), often directors, writers and craftspeople. They're the guys who voted for The Silence of the Lambs, Braveheart, Gladiator, Avatar and yes, Crash over B...

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    On DVD: "The American" Deserves Your Disappointment

    One of the most divisive films of the year, Anton Corbijn's "The American," arrives on DVD (and Blu-ray, Amazon VOD, etc) today. Based on Martin Booth's novel "A Very Private Gentleman," it stars George Clooney as an American assassin laying low in Italy after being hunted by some Swedish hit-men. The picture received very mixed reviews (62% at Rotten Tomatoes), and though its $35 million domestic gross (not to mention the additional $29 million made oversees) is plenty for how little it cost, most U.S. audiences came away terribly disappointed ("D-" grade on Cinemascore). And they seemed to have every right to be, given the marketing, which ...

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    The National Film Registry Names 25 New Films

    The National Film Registry added 25 films this year deemed to be "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant."

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