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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Project X—movie review

    So, is this merely an extreme teenage version of The Hangover, or is it another sign of the end of civilization as we know it? How you feel about Project X will have a lot to do with your age and gender. If I were a hormonally charged 16-year-old boy, I might think it was...

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Alamo Drafthouse Presents Guy-Centric 'Summer of 1982: The Greatest Summer of Movies... Ever'

    Alamo Drafthouse has programmed an uninspired three-month series of summer blockbusters celebrating their 30th anniversaries this year.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    French President Sarkozy Names Harvey Weinstein Recipient of the 2012 Legion d'Honneur

    Nicolas Sarkozy has named Harvey Weinstein a recipient of the 2012 Légion d'Honneur, in recognition of Weinstein's decades of contribution to international cinema.

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  • Criticwire
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    Do Critics Owe Original Movies Good Reviews?

    We're just one week away from the release of "John Carter," the Disney blockbuster budgeted, according to some reports, in the $250 million range. Most "John Carter" reviews are still to come, but early critical sentiment has been surprisingly positive; Drew McWeeny of HitFix called "Carter" "transporting in exactly the way I want my escapism to be" and Devin Faraci of Badass Digest said that "what it gets right it gets right with wonderful gusto."  Still a couple good notices are a drop in the bucket compared to the deluge of skeptical press, like this video from Bloomberg Business with the headline "Disney’s ‘John Carter’ Fights Martians, Critics" or this article from The Daily Beast that describes the film as a "quarter-billion-dollar movie fiasco."  Much has been made of the film's astronomical budget, rumors of production delays and reshoots, and the decision to change the title from the evocative "John Carter of Mars" to just "John Carter," apparently because Disney's previous Mars picture, "Mars Needs Moms," was a huge flop (by the way: did anyone ever consider "John Carter of Mars Needs Moms" as an alternative?  I think that could have worked).  At this point, whether the finished product turns out good or bad, there's a stink on this movie regardless.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Comedy Break - SXSW Short "Cherry on Top" Spoofs Groupon Discounts

    Amid the contenders at next week's South by Southwest Festival (SXSW), here's a short you might find amusing that plays on the discount website Groupon's ever-popular deal-of-the-day.

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  • The Playlist
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    Director Justin Kurzel Talks About The World Of 'The Snowtown Murders' & His Dark Comedy Followup

    Despite taking a short film called “Blue Tongue” to Cannes Critic’s Week in 2005, Australian director Justin Kurzel isn’t a member of the Aussie collective Blue Tongue Films, which includes “Animal Kingdom” writer/director David Michôd and star Joel Edgerton (also of acclaimed MMA drama “Warrior”). Comparisons will be inevitable, however, in that like “Animal Kingdom,” Kurzel’s debut feature is an uncommonly accomplished crime drama about a naive teen corrupted by the poisonous, sociopathic tutelage of a deranged father figure. The two films also share cinematographer Adam Arkapaw who spent time behind the camera for both productions. If there’s a key difference, though, between Kurzel’s film, “The Snowtown Murders,” and Michôd’s "Animal Kingdom," it’s that the former is based on a horrific true story. Specifically, “Snowtown” dramatizes the events of Australia’s notorious Snowtown murders (also called the “Bodies in Barrels murders”), perpetrated by John Justin Bunting and three accomplices, one of whom was teenager James Vlassakis. "Snowtown" is a grim, hard-to-watch chronicle of how Vlassakis was lured into Bunting's world, eventually participating in his brutal, vicious murders.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: Hal Hartley’s ‘Meanwhile’ Continues Dogmatic Pursuit Of Philosophical Truths With A Familiar DIY Aesethetic

    ‘90s indie filmmaker Hal Hartley has made 12 feature-length films, but even ask certain-aged cinephiles and they'll only have a limited grasp of who he is and what his peculiar, chatty and philosophically arch lo-fi serio-comedies are actually about. Normally, one could attribute this to ignorance, but being an expert on Hal Hartley is perhaps akin to being a connoisseur of similar promising Gen X '90s indie director Tom DeCillo or Alexandre Rockwell films -- not many of us exist anymore.

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  • The Playlist
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    In Theaters: 'The Lorax' Stands Up To 'Project X,' 'Being Flynn' & 'Tim And Eric's Billion Dollar Movie'

    Have we all recovered from the Oscars? I'm still steamed about Billy Crystal's blackface, but really, it's the horrible, groan-inducing jokes that were the most offensive of all. I just like to fantasize about the Tilda/Charlize/Fassbender crazy Oscar party they must have had together. That would be the place to watch! But now it's March, so awards season is over, and we must move on to new and greener pastures. You know what they say about March, in like a "Lorax" out like a lamb. Right? Something like that. This weekend, "The Lorax" ushers in spring with a little ecology lesson, and "Project X" ushers in SPRING BREAK, WOO! We've also got curiosity "Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie," somehow being released in theaters, Jafar Panahi's house arrest doc "This Is Not A Film" and plenty of other selections in our First Weekend of March Cornucopia.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Drive' Soundtrack Getting Vinyl Reissue Courtesy Of Portishead's Geoff Barrow

    With the awards season over, the Oscars handed out and more importantly, the film now on BluRay and DVD, you would think that would be the last we're likely to hear about one of 2011's best films, Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive." But alas, there is still more to come.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Eurythmics' Dave Stewart Stars in New Series of Theatrically Released Music Docs

    Rock icon Dave Stewart has just been signed by Cinedigm Entertainment Group to bring a series of music documentaries to movie theatres...

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