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    Review: Vintage Footage In Sigur Ros Concert Doc 'Inni' Teases At A Much More Interesting Movie

    Sigur Ros has never needed much of a big stage production to get the power of their expansive, orchestral and otherworldly music across in concert. When this writer saw them perform at the intimate Théatre Maisonneuve in Montreal circa the release of Takk, they opened the show with the title track, a giant white screen in front of the stage obscuring the band, who were backlit, casting huge shadows as the music swelled. As they transitioned into "Glosoli," the screen slowly raised, revealing the band, and really that was all they needed to completely have the crowd in the palm of their hand. While Sigur Ros' rising popularity has allowed them -- and forced them, to a certain degree -- to employ projections and other big stage novelties, the music has always done more than any fancy lighting rig could. This dynamic is clearly displayed in the band's solid "Heima" documentary, which tracked them traveling through Iceland and playing acoustic concerts in small and remote towns, with their songs containing the same power and passion as they do in their fuller bodied, large-stage incarnations.

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    Future Scares: Ben Wheatley's 'Kill List' & Elizabeth Olsen's 'Silent House' Get 2012 Release Dates

    So, looking for some scares that don't involve some footage shot for about $10 and then cobbled together with some jump scares? (That's right we're looking at you "Paranormal Activity 3"). Well, you might have to wait until 2012 but the early part of the year should satisfy your thirst for cinematic thrills.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    New On DVD/Blu-ray/VOD: "Attack The Block" & "Luther" Season 2

    I'm sure neither of these needs much of an intro around here. We've talked about them aplenty.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Sundance Institute Finds Media Relations Director: Ex-Sundance Channel Honcho Sarah Eaton

    Sundance Institute Finds Media Relations Director: Ex-Sundance Channel Honcho Sarah Eaton

    After a long and exhaustive search, Sundance Institute's Keri Putnam has selected New York PR veteran Sarah Eaton as her new Director of Media Relations. Eaton replaces outgoing Sundance Fest PR chief Brooks Addicott, but will be running a larger more ambitious year-round operation to raise awareness of the non-profit Institute out of Sundance's Santa Monica offices. Eaton is a pro who cares deeply about Sundance and its independent mission; she's a good get.

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    Watch Trailer For "Have A Little Faith" With Laurence Fishburne And Anika Noni Rose

    Columnist Mitch Albom's best-selling book, Have A Little Faith, will finally premiere as a film next month on the ABC network.

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    LFF '11 Review: Rebecca Hall Chiller 'The Awakening' Is Flawed, But Also Kind Of A Blast

    It might seem ingracious to complain, but film festivals can sometimes be something of a slog. For every transcendent piece of cinema, there are two or three well-meaning, firmly mediocre pictures clogged with mental illness, child abuse and miserable sex. Which is exactly why most film festivals mix it up a little, with a midnight genre strand, or just introducing something a little more...fun into the mix.

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    Peter Jackson Says He'll Direct The Sequel To 'The Adventures Of Tintin' Right After 'The Hobbit'

    Steven Spielberg Reveals Script For ‘Prisoners Of The Sun’ Is Already FinishedRiding on a big wave of positive reviews, the Steven Spielberg-directed, Peter Jackson-produced "The Adventures Of Tintin" begins opening internationally tomorrow and Sony and Paramount will be watching the ticket sales closely. The motion-capture-fueled project was always planned as a trilogy, with plan being that Spielberg would direct the first film, Jackson the second film with the duties on the final installment still not quite mapped out. However, while audiences overseas are familiar with Hergé's animated hero, he's less well known stateside and it will take a strong showing at the box-office to get the followup moving. However, if the early word is any indication, whether you grew up following Tintin in the comics or are brand new to the cowlick haired adventurer, Spielberg and Jackson's film is a pure delight and we called it "one of the best times at the movies we’ve had in a long while." So undoubtedly, the filmmakers are confident that "The Adventures Of Tintin" will connect with audiences as the sequel is already on the horizon.

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    On DVD: "City of Life and Death" is a Depressing Spectacle That Will Make You Stop Liking War Movies

    On DVD: "City of Life and Death" is a Depressing Spectacle That Will Make You Stop Liking War Movies

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    Guest Post: What do Afghan Women Want? By Gini Reticker

    Throughout the last year, as the director of a documentary film that follows three Afghan women, I’ve been peppered by friends and family with a recurring question: What do Afghan women want? Or more specifically: Do Afghan women want the U.S. military to leave Afghanistan, or to stay and protect their rights? Everyone was so accustomed to seeing Afghan women portrayed as victims by the media that it was hard for them to imagine the strength of the women we were meeting. For many, the conclusion seemed to be a binary choice between U.S. military presence and supporting Afghan women’s rights.

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    'Captain America' Writer Stephen McFeely Says Michael Bay's 'Pain And Gain' Is Like 'Fargo'

    EXCLUSIVE: Stephen McFeely, co-writer of "Captain America: The First Avenger" and its upcoming sequel, told The Playlist that he and his partner Christopher Markus are optimistic that Michael Bay’s next project will be directing “Pain and Gain,” a black comedy they wrote about a real-life crime. “He’s headed in that direction,” McFeely said last week during a telephone interview for the home video release of “Captain America.” “There’s been more public comments from him, so it’s nice. But it seems more realistic than it did two years ago when it seemed a little more realistic than it did two years before that, so we’re cautiously optimistic.”

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