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    The Playlist's Guide To Assassins In The Movies

    We often don’t know where they come from, their real names or even why they do what they do. Yet, as an audience, we are frequently enamored with the glossy thrill of power offered to a hitman, a silent assassin disappearing into the night. Why hitmen have been such a genre staple isn’t hard to see - you put a gun into the hand of a major character, and boom! drama. The idea of a hired gun, someone whose line of work involves ending human lives without passion or emotion, is naturally fraught with tension and emotional weight.

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    movie review: Hanna

    movie review: Hanna

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    movie review: Your Highness

    In theory, I suppose it would be funny—and incongruous—if in the middle of a serious costume drama a noble action hero uttered a four-letter word. Hearing Danny McBride do just that, repeatedly, in Your Highness not only isn’t funny but grows wearisome as the film plods along, seemingly unaware that it’s played all of its cards.

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    In Theaters: Will 'Hanna' Fight Off 'Your Highness' Or Will 'Arthur' Drink Up The Box Office?

    2011 is apparently the anointed year of the Badass Chick, and this week we are double loaded with mini warrior assassin fairy Saorise Ronan in "Hanna" and bow-wielding Natalie Portman in "Your Highness" to erase that icky "Sucker Punch" feeling we've all been trying to scrub off. Oh and yeah, it just wouldn't be a weekend at the theater in 2011 without some kind of ill-advised remake, this week in the shape of "Arthur" with creeptastic Russell Brand.

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    17 New Movies This Week. Which 1 is Worth Seeing??

    A whopping 17 films are reviewed this week by the New York Times, which customarily surveys new movies opening in local theaters. "Hanna" looks interesting and I'm hearing good things. "Meek's Cutoff" has had a terrific fest run. "To Die Like a Man" is terrific. I'm rather intrigued by "Blank City" despite missing it during the Tribeca fest two years ago.

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    'Hanna' is fast, 'Hanna' is great

    'Hanna' is fast, 'Hanna' is great

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    movie review: Arthur

    How you react to Arthur will largely depend on your expectations. If you’ve never seen, or heard of, the 1981 movie Arthur you might find the new movie of the same name fairly entertaining. But if you have fond memories of the original, written and directed by Steve Gordon, you’ll know the truth: this occasionally amusing film can’t compare to the original, which was flat-out hilarious, with plum parts for Dudley Moore, as a childlike billionaire, and John Gielgud, as his long-suffering valet and caretaker. The best part of the new movie is the inspired casting of Russell Brand and Helen Mirren in the leading roles.

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    Q&A: David Gordon Green On 'Your Highness,' The Musical Deleted Scene & Shooting Big FX Comedy

    While arthouse heads may bemoan that David Gordon Green -- at least for the time being -- has left behind the dramatic character fare that marked his early work like "George Washington," "All The Real Girls" and "Undertow" they simply haven't been paying attention. From day one, Green has never hidden his enthusiasm for all things cinema from the artiest of obscure movies to big, dumb popcorn blockbusters. He's a true fan of film, with interests delving into nearly every genre and not constrained by invisible lines of what's approved, and there is no greater evidence of that than this weekend's "Your Highness." Starring James Franco, Danny McBride, Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel and Justin Theroux, the film isa massive homage to films like "Krull" and "The Dragonslayer" while mixing influences from road movies, quest films and yes, stoner pics. It's a winning and hilarious mash-up that also marks Green's most ambitiously staged big screen outing to date.

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    Ben Stiller Ready To Dip Into 'The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty'

    Gore Verbiniski No Longer DirectingTwentieth Century Fox's remake of the Danny Kaye-starrer "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," is a project that's been in development for literally decades. Over the years Ron Howard, Steven Spielberg and more recently, Gore Verbinski were attached to direct the likes of Jim Carrey, Mike Myers, Sacha Baron Cohen, Will Ferrell and Owen Wilson in the lead role, about a timid daydreamer and his many fantasy lives. None of those incarnations ever got off the ground but now the film has fresh life once again as another top tier comic actor has linked up with the headlining part.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Lars Von Trier's Psychological Disaster Movie Melancholia Starring Dunst & Gainsbourg

    Check out the trailer for Danish director Lars von Trier's (Antichrist) latest, psychological disaster movie Melancholia, with Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Keifer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling, John Hurt, Alexander Skarsgård and Stellan Skarsgård. The film releases in Denmark May 26. Magnolia Pictures will release in the US, but no date has been announced. While it does have its own (and much darker) tone, it also echoes The Tree of Life's trailer. Synopsis is also below.Melancholia from Zentropa on Vimeo.

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