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    'The Tree Of Life' Gets May 27, 2011 Release Date

    Cannes Film Festival Premiere Now LikelyOk, mark your calendars, tell your friends you'll be busy that day and prepare. Terrence Malick's long-awaited and highly anticipated "The Tree Of Life" has officially been scheduled with a May 27, 2011 release date.

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    Poster For Gus Van Sant's 'Restless' Starring Mia Wasikowska

    We're still not quite sure what to make of Gus Van Sant's forthcoming "Restless." The trailer dropped last week and, well, it's definitely Van Sant in mainstream-studio-movie mode but it also didn't really exhibit any of the director's traits that are in evidence even in his populist films. Anyway, we're holding out hope that the trailer was just that -- a trailer -- meant to sell a quirky teen romantic comedy to get asses in the seats and that the actual film will have unique and compelling beats.

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    'Avatar' Collaborator Laeta Kalogridis Reteams With James Cameron For 'Fantastic Voyage' Script

    Come Along And Ride On The Fantastic Voyage, Slide, Slide, Slippity SlideNo, it's not an adaptation of the annoyingly infectious 1994 Coolio song (though that might be more interesting...). And while director Paul Greengrass might have bailed on the James Cameron-produced 3D remake of the 1966 sci-fi classic "Fantastic Voyage" — about a group of scientists who are miniaturized and sent into a human body in a submarine — practically before he even began, the project apparently still has life.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    film review: Hereafter

    film review: Hereafter

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Talk: Animation, Directors, Michael Douglas, Wall Street, Alice in Wonderland, Fair Game

    Oscar Talk: Animation, Directors, Michael Douglas, Wall Street, Alice in Wonderland, Fair Game

    Kris Tapley of In Contention and I talk about some low-profile films that may not make it into the race--including Solitary Man, Welcome to the Rileys--and whether Michael Douglas has a chance. We rate the three strong Andrew Garfield performances of the year: Red Riding Trilogy, Never Let Me Go, The Social Network.

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    CMJ '10 Review: Ed Zwick's 'Love And Other Drugs' Is A Mostly Winning Dose Of Love, Laughter & Tears

    Zwick Does His Best Cameron Crowe Imitation Though Does Overdo The Treacle; Anne Hathaway May Have Just Entered The Oscar RaceCharming, effervescent and genuinely engaging, Ed Zwick's most recent feature-length effort, "Love And Other Drugs" is his best picture in ages and largely succeeds despite pulling far too hard on your emotional heartstrings in the second half of the film.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Made in Dagenham

    Check out Sally Hawkins, Miranda Richardson, Jaime Winstone, Rosamund Pike and more in Made In Dagenham, a dramatization of the 1968 strike at Britain's Dagenham Ford plant. Director Nigel Cole (Calendar Girls) follows the women who led workers in protest against sexual discrimination (shades of Norma Rae, which won Sally Field an Oscar). The film premiered well this year at Toronto and sits nicely on the Tomatometer with 92%. It opens November 19.

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    In Theaters: 'Paranormal Activity 2,' 'Hereafter'

    It's a slow one this week, folks. While we've had some interesting releases in the past month like David Fincher's "The Social Network," we're going to be in for a bit of a dry period for prestige pics until Halloween passes. With "Jackass 3D" trampling all over the competition last week, another low-budget sequel looks to clean up at the box-office. "Paranormal Activity 2" opens wide, quickly following up last year's shoestring sleeper original, which grossed nearly $200-million worldwide. Also going wide is "Hereafter," the Clint Eastwood-directed drama that opened in limited release last week. The art-house is also on the slow side this week, with Fredrick Wiseman's documentary "Boxing Gym" leading the small pack.

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    Ashley Jensen, Sheridan Smith, Gemma Jones, Anna Chancellor & Felicity Jones Join 'Hysteria'

    AKA The Maggie Gyllenhaal Vibrator ComedyAshley Jensen ("Extras"), Sheridan Smith ("Grownups"), Gemma Jones ("You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger"), Anna Chancellor ("Pride And Prejudice") and Felicity Jones ("Cemetery Junction") have joined Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Jonathan Pryce and Rupert Everett in the upcoming period sex comedy "Hysteria."

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    Blame It on Rio: José Padilha's "Bus 174" & "Elite Squad"

    Who is José Padilha: clear-eyed chronicler of society’s forgotten souls, or misanthropic peddler of pummeling law-and-order fantasies? It’s a question implicit in the critical reactions to Elite Squad (2007), the Brazilian director’s fictional follow-up to his 2002 documentary debut, Bus 174. (He also made the television documentary Brazil’s Forgotten Cowboys in 2003, which is currently not available within the United States.) Both take as their subject the drugs-and-gangs plagued slums of Rio de Janeiro, specifically examining how a poisonous atmosphere of street-level brutality, crushing poverty, bureaucratic incompetence, and governmental inertia pushes individuals to acts of cruel violence. The difference lies in who the subjects are. Bus 174 sought to flesh out the emotional and social traumas that drove the perpetrator of the infamous 2000 bus hijacking in downtown Rio. Elite Squad, on the other hand, focuses on members of the Batalhão de Operações Policias Especiais (BOPE), a select division of the Rio de Janeiro police force known for its take-no-prisoners approach to urban crime.

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