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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    The Tourist Reviews: "Retro," "Ludicrous Fairy Tale," Jolie "Sexy As Hell"

    The Tourist is one of the oddest star vehicles to come out of the Hollywood dream factory in some time. It's determinedly retro, and as directed by The Lives of Others' Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck--in a bid for big-studio acceptance--it's sincere in a way that few American directors would have managed. It's not hip at all. Von Donnersmarck is trying to make an old Hollywood fantasy surrounding two gorgeous movie stars. I can't imagine any men going to see this movie, which mainly offers romantic escape. The reviews are execrable: The Tomatometer is 17% rotten.

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  • The Playlist
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    Dakota Fanning Bails On 'If I Stay' To Do Homework

    Well this certainly has to be some kind of a first. The LA Times reports that Dakota Fanning has dropped out of "If I Stay," a project she joined back in October. The reason? She'd rather be in school.

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  • The Playlist
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    11 Boxing Films That Will Knock You Out

    Not every sport works well on the big screen, and it's not always the ones you think. Basketball? Surprisingly, not that cinematic. Golf? Actually pretty gripping, when done well. Soccer? Don't make us laugh. But probably the king of big-screen sports has to be boxing. It's as stripped down as we can get, in terms of games -- two men (usually), in shorts, punching each other in the face.

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  • The Playlist
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    Sofia Coppola & Natalie Portman Team For New Miss Dior Chérie Campaign To Launch In 2011

    A couple of years ago, Sofia Coppola directed a cute and whimsical little spot for Miss Dior Chérie (see below) and the ad became a bit of sensation, and to date, has registered over a million hits on YouTube.

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  • The Playlist
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    Jesse Eisenberg Logs On For Indie Comedy 'Free Samples'

    So what do you do to follow up a career best and likely to be Oscar nominated performance? If your name is Jesse Eisenberg, you keep it real by joining an indie comedy.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Don't Call It a Comeback: David O. Russell's "The Fighter"

    David O. Russell’s The Fighter is a boxing movie about second chances and unlikely redemptions—not least the director’s. It’s been six years since Russell last had a movie in theaters, and the hiatus has not been kind to his reputation. His last movie, I Heart Huckabees, flopped, his tantrums on that set became the stuff of YouTube legend, and another project, Nailed, was aborted after Russell clashed with his actors and the funding stopped. Too smart for the multiplex, and too wild for Hollywood? It figures that Russell would make his return with a film blanched of idiosyncrasy.

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  • Spout
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    "Monsters" and "TRON: Legacy" - Does Production Cost Context Influence Our Appreciation?

    Matt Singer writes at IFC.com about the good and the bad on critics considering context when reviewing a film. The impetus of discussion is Gareth Edwards' "Monsters," a favorite of mine from this year, which he mainly celebrates for being a "marvel" on a technical level, given that it didn't cost much and was achieved with a small crew and minimal equipment. Singer wonders:

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  • The Playlist
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    Interview: David Michod Discusses The Twists, Turns And Mustaches Of 'Animal Kingdom'

    Few films in 2010 packed the heat and intensity of “Animal Kingdom,” David Michod’s intense crime saga about a family on the wrong side of the gun. We reviewed it earlier this year, and recently sat down with the friendly and talented Michod to discuss the particulars of the film as it gains heat in the awards race (particularly for the performance by Jacki Weaver). The talented Aussie director chatted with us about the Australian film industry, being compared to “Goodfellas,” and mustaches.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    film review: The Fighter

    The Fighter doesn’t just take place in Lowell, Massachusetts; it reeks with the atmosphere of this working-class New England town, making vivid use of its look, feel, and sounds. Director David O. Russell clearly immersed himself in the community and worked overtime to capture its flavor, going so far as to cast some local non-actors (notably, police officer and fight trainer Mickey O’Keefe as himself). What makes the movie work as well as it does is that Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams and especially Melissa Leo blend seamlessly into this setting alongside the real-life residents.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    film review: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader

    After a great start with the adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe and a somewhat less enthralling (and war-laden) follow-up, Prince Caspian, the big-screen version of The Chronicles of Narnia rebounds with The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

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