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    25 Iconic Dance Sequences In Film

    Black Swan

    Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan" hits theaters today, and it's easily one of the very best films of the year, and seemingly a culmination of everything that the director's been working towards for years. It's also a rarity, in that it's a serious film about dance -- in this case ballet.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    film review: I Love You, Phillip Morris

    Jim Carrey is a talented man but, like other performers whose gifts are wide-ranging and difficult to pigeonhole, he needs good material and a guiding hand. He has found both in I Love You, Phillip Morris. In fact, I think he gives the best performance of his career in this provocative and unusual film from writer-directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, who are best remembered for writing Bad Santa. This movie isn’t likely to win over too many of Carrey’s mainstream-comedy fans, or fundamentalists who don’t heed the R rating, but I think it’s a first-rate piece of work.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    film review: BLACK SWAN

    Evaluating any movie is a matter of personal taste. Filmmakers who deal in the extreme naturally provoke extreme reactions. That’s my way of saying that I couldn’t stand Black Swan. In fact, I had a violent response to the film, which I saw in its debut screening at the Telluride Film Festival over Labor Day weekend.

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  • The Playlist
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    In Theaters: 'The Warriors Way,' 'Black Swan,' 'I Love You Phillip Morris'

    It seems everyone in Hollywood missed the boat this weekend as strangely, the only film opening in wide release is "The Warrior's Way." We figured with a prime weekend three weeks out from Christmas something much bigger could have slotted here. Anyway, the film has been sitting on a shelf for a while and looks absolutely atrocious so no surprise that it's been kept far, far away from critics. And with a cast like Danny Huston, Kate Bosworth and Geoffrey Rush (all fine actors, but not exactly box office bait) trying to sell some kind of ninja-cowboy-something-or-other, expect this to tank very hard at the box office. So a visit to your local arthouse is strongly suggested this weekend as Darren Aronofsky's outstanding ballet world thriller "Black Swan" begins its limited rollout. And in case you need any more convincing, a trailer for Terrence Malick's "The Tree Of Life" will be attached to prints. Other titles playing the indie circuit of note include the long delayed true crime tale "All Good Things" with Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst, the long delayed true crime tale/gay rom-com "I Love You Phillip Morris," and the Black Panther drama "Night Catches Us."

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    First Look: Brad Pitt & Sean Penn In Terrence Malick's Much Anticipated 'Tree Of Life'

    After what amounts to about two years of waiting or more, cinephiles are drooling in anticipation at finally receiving their first look at Terrence Malick's long-gestating drama, "The Tree Of Life" starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn and they're getting it this Friday when the Fox Searchlight picture's trailer debuts before Darren Aronofsky's psycho-horror ballet, "Black Swan" (it's called corporate synergy). However, we're getting a small taste now. The L.A. Times has been given a peek at the trailer in advance and they say the footage, "exceed expectations."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Michelle Williams Talks Blue Valentine, Meek's Cutoff, Playing Marilyn Monroe, Female Directors

    Michelle Williams Talks Blue Valentine, Meek's Cutoff, Playing Marilyn Monroe, Female Directors

    Michelle Williams has a lot going on. Not only is the actress enjoying her Indie Spirit nomination for Sundance/Cannes/Toronto fave Blue Valentine (while decrying her co-star's Ryan Gosling's omission), but she's fearlessly stepping up to playing icon Marilyn Monroe in the upcoming My Week with Marilyn. She's enjoying working with two women directors, Kelly Reichardt (Wendy and Me Lucy, Meek's Cutoff, which goes from Venice and Toronto to Sundance) and Sarah Polley (the upcoming Take This Waltz). UPDATE: Blue Valentine's NC-17 rating has been overturned and the American Cinematheque is honoring Williams with a tribute on December 11 at Los Angeles's Aero Theater, to include clips of her films, a discussion with moderator Timothy Blake and a screening of Blue Valentine.

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  • Spout
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    Video: Live-Action, Human-Version Tribute to Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner

    After being extremely disappointed with the recent resurrection of Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner for a new computer-animated Looney Tunes short (it's one of the worst films on the Oscar shortlist), I probably enjoyed today's video a little more than I normally would have. Also, the first failed trap in the film reminds me of "127 Hours," which makes me see that film in a new, more humorous light. But if James Franco/Aron Ralston represents the coyote, then what is his roadrunner? He was chasing after his need for self-sufficiency (sounds like a political allegory when I put it that way, but let's not go there...).

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    Trailer & Poster For Steven Soderbergh's Tribute To Spalding Gray 'And Everything Is Going Fine'

    Spalding Gray was one of the most engaging talkers/performers/monologists of our time. His work has been documented in a number of films by prominent filmmakers including “Swimming to Cambodia” (Jonathan Demme), “Terrors of Pleasure” (Thomas Schlamme), “Monster in a Box” (Nick Broomfield) and “Gray’s Anatomy” (Steven Soderbergh). While brilliant, Gray was also troubled, lapsing into deep clinical depression following a car crash which left him severely injured and later, led to him taking his own life.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Happy Birthday, Mom!

    Happy Birthday, Mom!

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    No Joker & No Two-Face: Aaron Eckhart Says He Won't Be In 'The Dark Knight Rises'

    Right now, it seems we know more about what won't be happening in Christopher Nolan's upcoming "The Dark Knight Rises" than what actually will be happening. The film won't be in 3D, won't feature the Riddler, will not feature a CGI Heath Ledger as the Joker, and now we can tell you you one more thing that won't be happening.

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