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    Daniel Day-Lewis Looks Mournful In First One-Sheet For Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln'

    With only a little more than two months before release, all we've seen of Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" is one official image. Is it a matter of confidence? A knowledge that people are going to want to see a biopic of the legendary President, directed by America's favorite filmmaker, and starring one of the most-lauded actors of the last few decades, regardless of what the promotional material looks like? Is it an attempt to not be seen as the Oscar front-runner too far in advance? Or is something else going on?

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    Trailer Watch - Vandon Gibbs' 'Solace'

    Here's the teaser trailer for Atlanta based African-American filmmaker Vandon N. Gibbs' feature film Solace

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    Review: 'Samsara' Tells The Story Of Our World With Stunning Visuals & Spiritual Heft

    Just what is a non-verbal documentary anyway? If you appreciated the silent visual storytelling of "The Artist" or the cinematic majesty of Terrence Malick's nature cinematography in "The Tree of Life," or, if you're a fan of the cult 1992 documentary "Baraka," you'll be a fan of "Samsara," the latest effort from that film's director, Ron Fricke. Using the Tibetan word for "the ever turning wheel of life" as its title, the film chronicles the birth, life, death, destruction and rebirth cycles that occur on our planet in ways big and small.

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    Watch Orlando Jones as Bobby Seale in New Trailer for 'Chicago 8' (+ New Poster and Stills)

    Based on actual court transcripts from 1968, The Chicago 8 tells the story of the eight anti-war protesters charged with conspiring to cause riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

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    Watch: Jake Gyllenhaal & Michael Pena Patrol The Streets In New 'End Of Watch' Trailer

    So, is "End Of Watch" yet another familiar cop drama from David Ayer just dressed up in POV/found footage aesthetics or does it truly have something new to say about being a cop in Los Angeles? We'll find out soon enough, but as this new trailer bears out, it certainly won't be lacking energy.

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    James Franco Has Sort-Of-Remade William Friedkin's 'Cruising' For An Art Project

    Is it just us who find it increasingly hard to get enthused about James Franco's new projects? We appreciate his broad-mindedness; the way he can go from blockbusters like "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes" to cheap action movies like the Jason Statham vehicle "Homefront" to indies like "About Cherry" to his own experimental directorial efforts like "Sal." But it's partly the sheer volume of the announcements -- with something new coming every few days, seemingly -- and partly how obscure some of them sound, that's given us something close to Franco fatigue.

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    Benefit Screening of 'LUV' in Chicago in September

    Writer/director Sheldon Candis' dramatic film LUV with Common, Danny Glover, Meagan Good, Dennis Haysbert, Michael Rainey Jr, Lonette McKee and Charles S. Dutton will have a benefit screening in Chicago on Monday, September 10 at the Showcase ICON Theater before its theatrical release.

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    Mila Kunis Joins Paul Haggis' 'Third Person'; James Franco & Casey Affleck Also In Talks

    Paul Haggis' next film, "Third Person," seems to be moving onward in fits and starts. With sporadic updates throughout last year, this spring the movie started firmly moving foward when Liam Neeson and Olivia Wilde boarded, with Jude Law rumored for a part as well and then....not much else. But it seems the wheels are turning once again with some exciting new names now ready to lend their talents.

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    Josh Brolin Will Get 'Crazy For The Storm' In Sean Penn's Next Directorial Outing

    It’s been five years since “Into The Wild," but Sean Penn is headed back to the director's chair and is gearing up to helm a big-screen adaptation of Norman Ollstead’s memoir “Crazy For The Storm.” And it looks like he's found his lead in Josh Brolin.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Andrew Sarris and Buster Keaton

    I can’t help but think that Sarris’s passing and Keaton’s fall in the latest Sight & Sound Critics poll have a symbolic connection, in the sense that a generation of critics like Sarris is gradually leaving our midst, giving way to other critics, values and favorite films.

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