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    Review: 'Keep The Lights On' A Moving & Engrossing Chronicle Of Two Men In Love

    With "Keep the Lights On," co-writer/director Ira Sachs has made a triumphant return to Sundance. His latest drama is a beautiful exploration of a relationship’s progression from start to finish. With great tact and depth of feeling, Sachs shows us that the most remarkable thing about any relationship is not the beginning or end but rather the maintenance of what could only unfairly be called a dysfunctional couple. Unlike Sachs’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning "Forty Shades of Blue," which focuses on a singular moment in a marriage’s disintegration, "Keep the Lights On" follows a couple as they struggle to stay together.

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    First Trailer For Spike Lee's "Red Hook Summer" Surfaces

    Well, that was fast Variance Films... the marketing campaign has begun for Spike Lee's Red Hook Summer, which, as I posted not-too long ago, was picked up by the upstart distribution company for an August 10th release.

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    Isaiah Washington, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Genevieve Nnaji Lead Cross-Continental Thriller "Doctor Bello"

    Well, well, well... I recall reading a Tweet last week I believe it was, from Isaiah Washington, saying that he'd just landed in Lagos, Nigeria with the filmmaker, Tony Abulu (he also included a photo of the two of them); I replied to his Tweet asking if this was "a collab in the spirit of Pan Africanism;" while he didn't say specifically, he did retweet my query, suggesting that what I said was indeed accurate.

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    Andrea Riseborough Will Get Scared With Alexander Skarsgard In Horror Flick 'The Hidden'

    Rising Brit actress Andrea Riseborough spent most 2011 out of the multiplex and in the arthouse, with a number of pics unspooling at festivals including Madonna's "W.E.," James Marsh's espionage tale "Shadow Dancer," and the alternate history WWII tale "Resistance." Big things are on the horizon with roles in a handful of promising efforts including the James McAvoy led action flick "Welcome To The Punch" and Tom Cruise's sci-fi number "Oblivion," and now she's knocking "horror movie" off her to-do list.

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    'Pirates! Band of Misfits' Director Peter Lord Talks DreamWorks Animation, Batman & The Allure Of Pirates

    This Friday, "Pirates! Band of Misfits" opens, the latest whirligig stop motion contraption by the cracked geniuses at Aardman Animation, the studio that, over the years, has brought us such astounding wonders as "Wallace and Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit," "Chicken Run," "Arthur Christmas," and the underrated "Flushed Away." 'Pirates' is their second film in conjunction with Sony Pictures Animation, their new home after leaving a partnership with DreamWorks Animation ("The Croods," Chris Sanders' next movie for DreamWorks, was an idea originally developed by Aardman but retained by DreamWorks Animation after the split). We got a chance to talk with Peter Lord, director of "Pirates! Band of Misfits" and the co-founder of the studio (he's a kind of cuddly British John Lasseter proxy), about what drew him to this pirate world, what's next for stop motion animation, the split from DreamWorks, and his new Batman short films.

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    Criticwire Picks: "Sound of My Voice" is Ready to Initiate

    Last year, actress Brit Marling co-wrote and starred in “Another Earth,” a film that opened in theaters a year after premiering at Sundance. The pattern continues nine months later with “Sound of My Voice,” a mysterious offering that’s actually rated higher than its 2011 Park City counterpart. With an "A-" average, it’s Criticwire’s Pick of the Week.

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    Josh Duhamel Joins Lasse Hallstrom's Nicholas Sparks Adapatation 'Safe Haven'

    Is there any leading man as non-essential and bland as Josh Duhamel? Say what you will about the Nicholas Sparks adaptations, but so far they've (for the most part) gone with men who at least have some appeal to some spectrum of the female population that drives these things. Ryan Gosling, Channing Tatum, Zac Efron, Liam Hemsworth and even oldies like Kevin Costner and Richard Gere were decent enough choices for their respective films. But who even says, "That Josh Duhamel is soooo cute. Can't wait to see his next movie!"

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    Spike Lee’s ‘Red Hook Summer’ Set For August 10th Platform Release Via Variance Films

    Just outta Sundance, Spike Lee promised in February that his latest effort, "Red Hook Summer" would be arriving in August, and true to his word, it will be.

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    Spike Lee's "Red Hook Summer" Picked Up By Variance Films For August 10th Theatrical Release

    He's already said repeatedly that the film will be released this summer (2012); but the question I've long asked is who the film's distributor will be, given that, until today, to the surprise of many, it had yet to be picked up by a distributor since its Sundance 2012 debut.

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    Tribeca Review: 'Hysteria' Is The Vibrator Comedy Movie You Can Watch With Your Mom

    It turns out that all Sabina Spielrein needed to get over her hysteria was not Freud or Jung or the talking cure, but just a really good fingering. Indeed, the course of sexuality and/or psychoanalysis might have been irrevocably altered had Sabina taken a trip to London to visit Dr. Robert Dalrymple (Jonathan Pryce), in "Hysteria," a "based on true events" comedy about the invention of the vibrator. But like any bad lover, the film is heavy on foreplay but when it finally takes its pants off, the resulting encounter is less than satisfying.

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