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    SXSW REVIEW | Bombs and Betrayal Bring a Strange Sympathy in "Better This World"

    It's a story that requires a sympathetic eye: Twentysomething Texans/radical lefty activists David McKay and Brandley Crowder brought molotov cocktails to the 2008 Republican National Convention and were jailed for it. However, the tragedy stems from their legitimate desire to lash out at what they ...

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    Spec Script 'Agent Ox' Goes To Sony For Producer Neal Moritz

    With "I Am Legend," "Fast & Furious" and "The Green Hornet" all under his belt -- regardless of what you might think of those films -- it's undeniable that Neal Moritz knows how to make successful blockbuster fare. And with "21 Jump Street," "Total Recall" and "Jack The Giant Killer" among the many ...

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    SXSW Review: 'Source Code' Is A Decent, But Familiar 'Groundhog Day' Meets Action, Sci-Fi Thriller

    When Duncan Jones' mysterious debut feature "Moon" was released back in 2009, the Internet collectively collapsed under the weight of its own enthusiasm. Jones was heralded as a bold new visionary, someone to rescue the tired sci-fi genre from the Hollywood trappings of big-budget spectacle. And whi...

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    Poster of the Week

    Talk about hangdog: have you ever seen such miserable expressions on actors' faces? Scratch that: on supposedly light and cheerily cartoonish likenesses of actors' faces. This pained, painted one-sheet from what apparently was a series of films in the 1970s (laugh all you want—what do we have now? Goddamned wizard boys) is notable mostly for the sepulchral tone it's lent by its leads. The circus-like excitement of the title font, the ruff-ruff-and-ready ramble of the apparently cash-hungry canines, and the kooky sideways trailer in the back left of the picture all indicate a larf-filled lark, filled with pranks and heists of all sorts to enti...

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    Baz Luhrmann Says He's Not Making 'The Great Gatsby' "Right Now," Is Still Doing Extensive Research

    OK, this caginess was cute, but now it's getting sort of irritating. In development for a long time now, everything seemed hunky dory when it was revealed last month that Baz Luhrmann was going to make "The Great Gatsby," and filming was going to start in August in Australia. Well, you can put a big...

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    movie review: Jane Eyre

    Can a film be true to a classic literary source and still seem fresh? The answer is yes, and the proof is the new adaptation of Jane Eyre.

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    movie review: Mars Needs Moms

    Talk all you want about technique: a good animated film depends on story and character, and it’s those vital ingredients that make Mars Needs Moms so entertaining. It’s also a pleasure to see a movie meant for kids that’s clever but not cynical or smart-alecky. I’m still not sold on producer Robert ...

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    The DGA Celebrates International Women's Day with a Tribute to Kathryn Bigelow by Laura J. Shapiro

    The DGA and its Women’s Steering Committee celebrated International Women’s Day on Tuesday night with a heartfelt tribute to director Kathryn Bigelow as part of their year long 75th Anniversary Celebration, the fifth in a series of twenty-five events honoring the Guild’s “Game Changers.”

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    movie review: Battle Los Angeles

    One doesn’t approach a movie like this expecting Shakespearean drama. Unlike some films with loftier ambitions, Battle Los Angeles pretty much delivers what it promises: action, suspense, destruction, and the tried-and-true disaster-movie trope of people summoning the courage to pull together at a t...

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    Gina Carano Beats Up Ewan McGregor In Set Pics From Steven Soderbergh's 'Haywire'

    Cliff Martinez Scoring 'Contagion'While we've lately been going off about the lack of quality female-led comedies with last year's "Easy A" and "Bridesmaids," "Bad Teacher" and "Friends With Benefits" on the way, it seems at least that gap will be filled for now. But another genre that has been larg...

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