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    Review: 'Assassination Games' Presents Direct-To-DVD Action On The Big Screen

    Inexplicably hustling into (limited) theaters this weekend is “Assassination Games,” a hitman actioner the likes of which you’ve seen before. Jean-Claude Van Damme is the big name attached, but the “star” is martial artist Scott Adkins. Together the two cinematic pugilists have been cutting a swath ...

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    The Amazing Race: 10 Dark Horses That Could Shake Up The Awards Season

    Last time we talked about the awards race, we were halfway through the year, and it was anyone's game, with only a handful of even vaguely serious contenders emerging both from wide releases, and from the festivals up to Cannes. Our conclusion was that only "Midnight in Paris," "The Artist" and "The...

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    The Guard

    This movie made me smile and even laugh out loud. In fact, it gave me more pleasure than any aliens, robots or superheroes have all summer. That’s because it’s doggedly offbeat and completely original. It also provides a showcase for two fine actors, Brendan Gleeson and Don Chead...

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    Trailer Watch: Ratner Might Have a Populist Hit with Robbery Flick Tower Heist

    Tower Heist (November 4) is going to be a huge hit for Universal, for several reasons. First, it's about getting back at The Man: Bernie Madoff, basically, played by Alan Alda. The American moviegoer is ready for some payback about now. The trailer below spells it out: a Madoff-type rip-off artist i...

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    Watch "The Undershepherd" Teaser Clip w/ Isaiah Washington & Vanessa Bell Calloway

    Written and directed by Russ Parr, The Undershepherd's impressive cast includes Isaiah Washington, Robinne Lee, Bill Cobbs, Malinda Williams, Clifton Powell, Elise Neal, Lamman Rucker and Vanessa Bell Calloway.

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    Kevin Bacon Wants To Get 'R.I.P.D.'

    Kevin Bacon must be getting a thrill these days out of playing the baddie. We're only halfway through the year he's been on screen in three straight films where he's the villain: he was the drug dealing Jacques in "Super"; the twisted Sebastian Shaw in "X-Men: First Class" and the wife-stealing co-w...

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    Guest Post: Craig Johnson "True Adolescents and the 'Tweener' Indie Film"

    Is there a place in the Indie Film Eco-system for a good story well told? Artist strive for this goal, but can audiences unite around something not built around a big concept, big cast, or controversial element? Perhaps the bigger question is can a filmmaker even take the risk of trying to answer ...

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    Toronto Sees Double: Two Films Each for Busy Clooney, Gosling, Fassbender, Mulligan and Butler

    These five stars are working double time at the Toronto Film Festival this year: George Clooney (The Ides of March, The Descendants), Michael Fassbender (Shame, A Dangerous Method), Ryan Gosling (The Ides of March, Drive), Carey Mulligan (Shame, Drive) and Gerard Butler (Machine Gun Preacher, Coriol...

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    Lucasfilm Announces Official Release Date For "Red Tails" - January 20, 2012

    A trailer for the film is supposed to debut tonight at the Airventure 2011 event in Wisconsin, so expect it'll turn up on the web soon thereafter, and we'll finally get to see our first look at the long-in-development film. By the way, if any of our readers will be at Airventure tonight for the scre...

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    Andrew Bujalski Crowd-Funding His Next Film, The 1980s-Set 'Computer Chess'

    Though he's cited as the "godfather" of the mumblecore movement, very rarely will you hear the films of Andrew Bujalski being discussed or written about. The Bostonian's three fantastic, cream-of-the-crop features unfortunately get the short straw when it comes to conversation and respect; instead, film critics spend time writing overwrought dissertations on third-rate mumblies or one of the twelve Joe Swanberg movies that are in production per season. In 2009, the filmmaker dropped "Beeswax," a quiet yet oddly tense story about twin sisters, one of which is getting wrapped up in legal troubles. Unlike his brood, Bujalski has the patience to ...

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