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    What’s Your Number?—movie review

    What’s Your Number?—movie review

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    'Warrior' Director Gavin O'Connor Wants To Go Full-On 'Samurai' For Warner Bros.

    Update: Deadline adds that "The Samurai" will center on "a rogue assassin named Townes Joyce, who breaks out of a Texas jail that puts him on the run from an international manhunt. Along the way, he gets involved with a woman and her child, and they go along for a ride that spans Costa Rica, Colombia, Paris and back to the U.S." O'Connor is also working with Tambakis on a stage version of the classic "The Hustler."

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    Take Shelter—movie review

    Take Shelter is a provocative original from writer-director Jeff Nichols, built on the foundation of a searing performance by Michael Shannon. It’s a film I respect, even though I found it very tough to sit through. That’s because Nichols creates a palpable sense of unease—which is exactly what he sets out to do.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Talk: Ides of March's Clooney vs. Gosling vs. Hoffman, Supporting Categories

    Oscar Talk: Ides of March's Clooney vs. Gosling vs. Hoffman, Supporting Categories

    Now that we've both seen George Clooney's political thriller The Ides of March, Kris Tapley and I dig into not only Oscar prospects for that film, but the list of supporting players in contention for this year. We also debate the respective box office fates of Drive and Warrior as well as how success in theaters impacts a film's awards chances. (CORRECTION: Yes, Clooney won best supporting actor for Syriana and not Good Night, and Good Luck.)

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    Next Stop, Hinterlands: Sergei Loznitsa's "My Joy"

    We first see a churning sludge of wet cement in close-up. Then, after we’re nearly lulled into its grinding trance, a body is tossed into the vat with a shocking thwack, face-down, and is then covered with concrete. Though it will never be made clear whose body this is, carelessly thrown like a rag doll, the force with which it hits the mix reverberates throughout the rest of My Joy. Bodies, living and dead and somewhere in between, heave and collapse with horrific intensity throughout the film, the first feature by Sergei Loznitsa, a Belarus native who has been making acclaimed sociopolitical documentaries, reportedly underseen even in Eastern Europe, since 1996. Though My Joy occasionally flirts with nonfiction conventions (surveying faces with clinical attention, allowing its camera to take in landscapes with pointed exactitude), this is a deeply allegorical work that makes sport of narrative and character in ways that perhaps only someone not enslaved to fiction traditions would dare. At once amusing in its details and frightening in its scope, My Joy is an anguished howl of social disorder. That corpse in the prologue could be anyone caught in its gears.

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  • The Playlist
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    First Look At Malin Akerman & Tyler Labine In The Dark Comedy 'Cottage Country'

    Lucy Punch Co-StarsFun fact: rising funnyman Tyler Labine -- seen this year in "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes" and "A Good Old Fashioned Orgy" -- is a graduate of the semi-legendary Canadian kids TV sitcom "Breaker High." His co-star? Ryan Gosling. It's like some kind of Canuck "Mickey Mouse Club" or something. And this is all to say that Labine, Malin Akerman and Lucy Punch have come aboard the dark comedy "Cottage Country" and there is already a first look at the film.

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    Fantastic Fest Review: 'Elite Squad 2' A Sprawling, Exciting Look At The Depths Of Corruption

    More of a “Red Riding Hood” or “Millennium Series” installment than a traditional sequel, “Elite Squad: The Enemy Within” doesn’t require viewers to have seen the original “Elite Squad” because it builds upon its predecessor’s themes and ideas rather than the strict details of its plot. Director Jose Padilha, returning to the director and co-writer’s chair for the second time, crafts an engaging, morally ambiguous thriller that also fearlessly examines police and political corruption in Brazil.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    On the Road

    I am heading to Bucharest, Romania to be on the jury of the Romania International Film Festival.

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    Doug Liman Will Climb 'Everest' With Script From 'Up In The Air' Writer Sheldon Turner

    With his last effort, the political drama "Fair Game" dropping last fall, director Doug Liman has spent most of 2011 figuring out what to do next and he's had no shortage of options. But unfortunately, he's been hit with a bit of bad luck. While for a moment there it seemed like his ambitious and long-gestating sci-fi flick "Luna" would be getting off the ground, just last week word arrived that financing had collapsed, effectively killing the project. In the same report it appeared that Warner Bros. was wanting to move ahead with "All You Need Is Kill" but that was contingent on a big star, and while WB wanted Brad Pitt, that's not really near to happening just yet. Liman was also on the wishlist for "The Wolverine" before it went to James Mangold, he signed on to direct a period pic about “Two-Gun” Cohen and he's also got prison pic "Attica" brewing. But it looks like he may be getting to another project first.

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