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  • Spout
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    Documentary Classics: "Tarnation" is Better Appreciated With Age

    When I saw Jonathan Caouette's "Tarnation" for the first time (my Netflix history shows it as rented in June 2005), I found it to be a useless collage of self-indulgence and student-film artiness. I wasn't aware back then of the whole range of nonfiction film, that autobiographical documentary is such a populous genre and apparently enough people are interested in nobodies who make movies about their depressing lives. And admittedly I was probably a bit jealous. Why hadn't I thought to make an avant-garde memoir about my family that would simply involve editing home movie footage together on a gifted Mac? I love talking about myself, I had some hardships growing up, and though I didn't record improv monologues in drag at age 11, I do have some old tapes where I perform lip-synced concerts of Bon Jovi's "Slippery When Wet" in its entirety.

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  • The Playlist
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    New Look At Oren Moverman's 'Rampart' & 'Moneyball' Rounds Third With More Images

    Yeah, we know. Your eyeballs are likely hurting, and so are ours, but this is the last batch -- for now -- of peeks of films that are headed to TIFF. But c'mon, this beats new looks at Optimus Prime or whatever right?

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Thrilling Trailer For South African Crime Drama "How To Steal 2 Million"

    I'm liking what I see in this trailer for South African drama/thriller How To Steal 2 Million - a play on the title of William Wyler's 1966 heist comedy How to Steal a Million, starring Peter O'Toole and Audrey Hepburn.

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  • The Playlist
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    First Look At Vincent Paronnaud & Marjane Satrapi's 'Persepolis' Followup 'Chicken With Plums'

    It has been four years since Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi's "Persepolis" -- an adaptation of the latter's acclaimed graphic novel -- charmed and moved audiences everywhere and edged it's way into the Oscar race, sharing a Best Animated Feature nomination alongside "Ratatouille" and "Surf's Up" (a rare feat for a non-studio film, rarer still for a foreign language film). Well, the duo is back, once again adapting a graphic novel by Satrapi and for their sophomore effort they've dropped their pens and are helming their first live action feature.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: NSFW & Twisted Full Length Spanish Trailer For Pedro Almodóvar’s 'The Skin I Live In'

    Pedro Almodóvar returns to arthouses this year with "The Skin I Live In" and for those who think they know what to expect from the director whose oeuvre includes films like "Bad Education," "Volver" and "All About My Mother" his latest may be a bit of a shock.

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  • The Playlist
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    First Look At Emily Blunt & Ewan McGregor Going 'Salmon Fishing In Yemen'

    'Ten Year' With Channing Tatum & Rosario Dawson Gets A New Photo As WellDid you forget about this? Yeah, we kinda did too, but last year Lasse Hallström took over from Bill Condon -- who instead decided to make "Twilight: Breaking Dawn" -- and shot the rom-com "Salmon Fishing In Yemen," and in case you didn't notice a trend this afternoon, it's heading to TIFF and we now have our first look.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Trailer For South African Coming Of Age Surf Drama "Otelo Burning"

    Intriguing-looking trailer for a new South African film titled Otelo Burning, which opened this year's Durban Film Festival - a festival that runs through July 31st.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Whit Stillman's Damsels in Distress to Close Venice Fest, Slate in Focus, Pacino Debuts Wilde Salome

    Whit Stillman’s first film in 12 years, Damsels in Distress (Sony Pictures Classics), starring indie darling Greta Gerwig, will close the 68th Venice Film Festival on September 10th, and George Clooney's The Ides of March, co-starring Clooney and Ryan Gosling, will open the Biennale (as previously announced) on August 31. Marco Bellocchio will receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the fest, directed by Marco Müller for perhaps the last time, and actor-director Al Pacino will be given the Jaeger-Le Coultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award before debuting his third feature-length film out-of-competition, Wilde Salome, starring Jessica Chastain (The Tree of Life).

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Captain America: The First Avenger

    I’m a bit late coming to this film—blame Comic-Con—but having heard good buzz I went to see it this morning with high hopes. For starters, a comic book story set during World War Two offers a perfect opportunity to banish irony, make use of Nazis as bad guys, and cheer on an all-American hero. Chris Evans is well cast in the leading role, as he not only embodies the physical character but embraces his patriotic attitude with complete conviction.

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  • The Playlist
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    First Look: Christopher Walken, Selma Blair & Mia Farrow In Todd Solondz's 'Dark Horse'

    While it was first vaguely described as an "edgy character drama," some details have arrived on Todd Solondz's new feature, "Dark Horse," which will make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Ok, those details are slim, but the TIFF website says the film is an intimate dark comedy about a manchild whose desire for a romantic relationship runs smack into reality.

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