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  • Leonard Maltin
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    movie review: In A Better World

    In a Better World triumphed against strong competition to win this year’s Academy Award as Best Foreign Language Film. Now that it’s opening theatrically in the U.S. you can see why. I became a fan and booster of Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier when I saw her breathtaking Brothers (which is far superior to its Hollywood remake). Her films have a rare feeling of intimacy; there is no distance between us and the characters on screen. We almost feel as if we’re experiencing the story in their shoes.

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  • The Playlist
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    In Theaters: 'Hop' Will Try To Deprogram 'Source Code' & Scare Away 'Insidious'

    TGIF! With a crop of new releases we are finally, FINALLY released from our bonds requiring us to flagellate poor "Sucker Punch" to death. Why were you a failure, "Sucker Punch"? Was it the marketing/storytelling/CGI/demographics/Zack Snyder?! Do we have to worry about "Superman"/girls/original source material??? We may never know. Moving on! We've got a new futuristic sci-fi, based-on-an-original-script, helmed-by-a-hot-new-piece-of-director-ass film to fret over! That's right, it's "Source Code" from Duncan Jones! In the other corner, we've got the ace-in-the-hole, aimed squarely at the kid demographic, "Hop," and quivering outside the wide release ring is horror thriller "Insidious" from "Saw"-originator James Wan. It's gonna be an interesting box office report this week!

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  • Spout
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    Decoding "Source Code": What's Your Interpretation of the Ending?

    It may not share too many things with "Inception" outside of a slight similarity in means of quantum teleportation, but "Source Code" does have an ending that's worthy of interpretation, much like Christopher Nolan's (much weaker) hit from last year. In fact, some of the same theories applied to "Inception" could work for Duncan Jones' new "director-for-hire" follow-up to "Moon." I'll wait until after the jump to go into details, since obviously this discussion will include spoilers. But while I do believe Jones (and maybe to a lesser degree the original screenwriter, Ben Ripley) sets up a precise idea of what happens at the end, I've already encountered people with different thoughts on it.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weekend Preview: Hop, Insidious and Must-Sees Source Code and Oscar-Winner In A Better World

    It's a mixed bag at the box office this weekend, and the LAT warns that "Easter may still be weeks away, but that won't stop the holiday's iconic bunny from bouncing right over the competition at the box office this weekend." However, there are finer eggs in the basket if you are willing to hunt for them. Susanne Bier's Oscar-winning In A Better World offers serious cinematic substance, and Source Code offers stylish sci-fi action from Moon's outside-the-box director Duncan Jones. The Office funny man Rainn Wilson stars alongside Ellen Page in super-hero dark comedy Super.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Wrecked' Is A Car Crash You'll Want To Look Away From

    “Wrecked” does a rare thing. While most movies founder in their third act, this indie survival film actually gets more interesting and watchable in its final 30 minutes. But it’s getting to that final third that’s the real ordeal here. You’ll have to endure the first half hour, with star Adrien Brody crying and occasionally panicking as he wakes up, stuck in a car at the bottom of a cliff with no memory of who he is. It’s 30 minutes of his unnamed character struggling to free his crushed leg from an even more crushed car, wondering who the corpse in the backseat is and worrying who he might be.

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  • The Playlist
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    Jake Gyllenhaal Says There's A 'Source Code' Alternate Ending We May See On The DVD & More

    9 More Revelations From Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga & The Film's Burgeoning Action StarDuncan Jones' suspense-filled sci-fi-ish time-twister, "Source Code," starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright, isn't particular hard to follow, but if you haven't seen the film, you might not quite understand the conceit yet. Essentially it's like "Groundhog's Day" only set within the framework a sci-fi thriller. In the film (and all of this is taken from the official Apple trailer synopsis, so do not cry spoilers, please) decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the body of an unknown man and he discovers he's part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch/Listen: The National For 'Win Win'; Zooey Deschanel For 'Winnie' & Mark Ronson For 'Arthur'

    A few bits of music/movie news to bring you into the weekend. First off, as we reported last year, The National have recorded a brand new song for the solid Tom McCarthy directed dramedy "Win Win" starring Paul Giamatti and Amy Ryan. The film goes into wider release this weekend and Prefix have uncovered the video for the tune, "Think You Can Wait." It's a mashup of clips, behind-the-scenes footage and band rockin' out so it gets the job done. Totally anecdotal, but "Win Win" got hearty applause from the audience we saw it with, so might be worth your $10 this weekend.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Women Films at the Theatre This Weekend - April 1, 2011

    Women's Films Now PlayingMiral - written by Rula Jebreal Potiche Sucker Punch Desert Flower - written and directed by Sherry Hormann Cracks - directed by Jordan Scott, co-written by Caroline Ip I Will Follow - written and directed by Ava DuvernayRed Riding Hood - directed by Catherine Hardwicke Jane Eyre- written by Moira Buffini The Roommate From Prada to NadaTrue Grit Bhutto Winter's Bone - directed and co-written by Debra Granik, co-written by Anne Rosellini

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  • The Playlist
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    First Look At Robert De Niro In Rodrigo Cortes' 'Red Lights'

    No that isn't Robert De Niro getting ready to accept a film award, present a movie or host the Daytime Emmys. It's the enigmatic first look at the actor in the upcoming thriller "Red Lights" from “Buried” director Rodrigo Cortes.

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  • The Playlist
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    'The Expendables 2' Will Deliver The Old Man Action On August 17, 2012

    With "The Expendables" and "Red," audiences are telling Hollywood they like watching old people blow shit up. Well, honchos already knew audiences liked watching shit blowing up, but who knew old people could do it too? So there you go, score one for the retirement set. So no surprise after the surprise smash of Sylvester Stallone's brainchild, that a sequel is underway. It now has a release date and Lionsgate isn't messing with what worked the first time around.

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