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    Sundance 2012 Review - "Detropia" (A Moving, Painterly Mourning Of A Once Economically Vibrant City)

    This haunting piece of documentary cinema tells the story of one city in economic decay; but really, as the real people in the film repeatedly state, this isn't just a Detroit problem; it's an American problem, and other cities within the country will eventually experience a similar fate; that is unless something is done to reverse trends brought about by what we call globalization, as captains of industry make decisions based almost entirely on the need to generate profit.

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    Weekend Box Office: 'Underworld: Awakening' Sucks Its Way To #1, While 'Red Tails' Shoots Into #2

    If there was ever a weekend that better illustrated the divide between audience and critics, we certainly can't remember it. Following a financially successful franchise pattern thus far, "Underworld: Awakening" joined the other films in the series in opening to over $20 million. In the grand scheme of this vampires vs. werewolves franchise, this opening comes in lower than the second installment, but a shade beyond the first and third.

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    Alex Winter Discusses His 1993 Cult Hit 'Freaked,' Says 'Bill & Ted 3' A Long Way Off From Happening

    Cult films come in all shapes and sizes. Some hit right out of the gate with a small but rabid audience while others are discovered by that audience over a longer period of time. Somehow both are these scenarios are true for Alex Winter and Tom Stern’s gloriously gonzo “Freaked.” Initially pegged as a mainstream comedy by Fox - with a planned wide release that included action figures and Gap campaign skewering posters - the film was basically dumped by Fox after head Joe Roth, who had greenlit the project, left the studio but picked up raves at TIFF and has been winning fans over ever since. But the film, featuring ugly little trolls and mutating movie stars, is so far outside the mainstream, it’s hard to imagine it having been a big hit even if it was carrying both stars of the blockbuster ‘Bill & Ted’ films. (Though technically, Keanu Reeves was unbilled and unrecognizable in full dog boy makeup.)

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    Weekend B.O. (Jan. 20-22) - "Red Tails" Saves Black Cinema!!

    HALLEUJAH! PRAISE THE LORD! FREE AT LAST! FREE AT LAST! THANK GOD ALMIGHTY WE'RE FREE AT LAST!!

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  • The Playlist
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    Sundance Review: 'Indie Game: The Movie' Is A Big-Hearted Celebration Of Artistic Spirit

    The most profoundly moving moment of “Indie Game: The Movie” arrives an hour and twenty minutes into this terrific documentary. As designer Edmund McMillen watches YouTube videos of people spurting out expletives while playing his game Super Meat Boy, the kind-faced man breaks into a glowing smile. He’s made that connection, reached out to people and has been reaffirmed by their love for his brainchild. It’s the glimpse of a blinding sun at the end of a long, cold road, and 'Indie Game,' directed by James Swirsky and Lisanne Pajot, is filled with moments that lay bare the emotional stakes of game design and development, an art that remains vastly underrated by the mainstream. Possibly the most mature look at video games yet, and a fine documentary in its own right, “Indie Game: The Movie” serves not only to erase the image of the programmer as a pimple-anointed malcontent recluse, but levels the playing field, serving as a powerful document for why games deserve consideration as a legitimate artform.

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    Poster and Image For T.D. Jakes' "On The 7th Day", In Theaters April 13th, 2012

    Not really a follow-up to T.D. Jakes 2004 film Woman Thou Art Loosed, the indie thriller On The Seventh Day about a couple in search for their missing daugther, has just released its first poster and film image. The Codeblack Entertainment film, which premieres at the Pan African Film Festival next month (see Tambay's post HERE), hits theaters April 13th, 2012. 

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    Steven Soderbergh: The Complete Playlist Interview

    Anyone who's heard him at a Q&A, been present for one of his lectures, or even listened to a commentary knows one thing about Steven Soderbergh; he's a great conversationalist. Some filmmakers can barely talk about their own work, but a discussion with Soderbergh won't just involve him talking candidly about his own process and films, but also anything that happens to come up.

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    Patrick Wilson & Vera Farmiga To Star In James Wan's 'The Conjuring'

    While he’s never exactly made a standout horror film, director James Wan, the mastermind along with co-writer Leigh Whannel behind the “Saw” franchise, inched a little closer to something truly compelling with 2011’s “Insidious.” It’s a film that the Playlist didn’t exactly love, but it went on to become one of the most profitable films of 2011, as well as feature a fine ensemble that elevated Wan’s typically B-level casting with the likes of Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, and Barbara Hershey.

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    John Krasinski Talks Overnight Hiring Of Gus Van Sant For New Film With Matt Damon, Shooting Starts In April

    The good news? John Krasinski’s as-yet-unnamed project he co-wrote and will co-star in with Matt Damon has a start date: April 2012. The bad news? We still don’t have a frickin’ clue what it’s about.

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    Sundance 2012 Review: "The Raid" (Indonesian Actioner Delivers Relentless Bloody Brutality)

    A film that's already developing a cult following, even though it's only commercial exhibits have been on the film festival circuit, starting with a 2011 Toronto Film Festival debut (it's now a Sony Pictures property, scheduled for a US and Indonesia release in March of this year), The Raid turned out to be exactly as others who'd already seen it, universally described it: a relentless, bloody, brutal action movie, with successive scene after scene of balls-to-the-wall-style choreographed violence that made even this writer flinch in a few instances.

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