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    25 Films About Lovers On The Lam

    “We can make it. We can make it if we run,” whispers Ruth (Rooney Mara) in David Lowery’s “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” which, after a limited release on Friday, begins its expansion this week. It’s a film we loved at Sundance, and one that in its gentle subversion of the “Lovers on the Run” subgenre—...

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    8 Established Filmmakers Who Reinvented Themselves With Risky Low-Budget Efforts

    This Friday will see the VOD release of Paul Schrader's much talked about "The Canyons," a film both inspired by and conceived for the post-theatrical era (though it will receive a limited theatrical run starting out in NYC and Toronto). The film, which revolves around a toxic producer (adult star J...

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    5 Great Modern Shakespeare Takes In Honor Of Joss Whedon's 'Much Ado About Nothing'

    Since "King John" became the first Shakespearean film adaptation in 1899, there have been many directors eager to take a crack at interpreting the Bard's words for a new generation. While some films were made by Shakespearean fundamentalists (see Kenneth Branagh's fine body of work), many adaptation...

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    Gus Van Sant Makes a Bid for 'Fifty Shades of Grey' with Steamy Alex Pettyfer Sex Scene

    Most of the steamy buzz surrounding the film adaptation of E.L. James' erotic novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" remains cloaked in rumor. But we do know that the film will likely be rated NC-17 and that Gus van Sant has just shot a sex scene with "Magic Mike" star Alex Pettyfer in a bid for the director'...

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    Gus Van Sant Shoots Test Sex Scene With Alex Pettyfer In Bid To Direct 'Fifty Shades Of Grey'

    Listen, we didn't like typing out that headline anymore than you liked reading it, but it seems the erotic drama train that is "Fifty Shades Of Grey" is going to keep right on rolling. As you know, Universal paid a staggering $3 million for the rights to the book last year, but so far, development h...

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    Review: Earnest & Well-Intentioned ‘Promised Land’ Doesn’t Quite Convince

    If the narrative of the modern-day salesman in fiction is that of a man who believes in his business but finds his faith shaken once the white lies of his trade begin to grow, a man who loses his moral compass and finds himself along the way, then “Promised Land" doesn’t stray far from that mold. An...

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    Gus Van Sant Talks Taking Over 'Promised Land' From Matt Damon, The Film's "Spy Scene" & Much More

    Gus Van Sant has always been a director who is hard to pin down, veering from insanely small-scale, personal works like "Elephant" and "Paranoid Park" to larger scale entertainments like "Finding Forrester" and his admirable-if-unsuccessful "Psycho" remake. This week, his charming eco-drama "Promise...

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    PROMISED LAND

    I give this movie’s costars and creators, Matt Damon and John Krasinski, credit for making a “message movie” as palatable and entertaining as 'Promised Land.'

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    Reconsidering "Elephant" in the Wake of Newtown

    In 2003, I ranked Gus Van Sant's "Elephant" the best film of the year. I was entralled by its mesmerizing long-take visuals, its unconventional sound design, and its eerie, unsettling position on an American tragedy. And then after last week's shootings in Newtown, I suddenly found...

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    Berlinale Announces First Six Competition Titles; 'Promised Land' & New Films from Hong Sang-soo and Ulrich Seidl

    The 63rd Berlin International Film Festival (February 7-17) has announced the first six titles in its competition lineup. Productions and co-productions from Germany, France, Austria, the Republic of Korea, Chile, Romania, Spain and the U.S. are included, with Gus Van Sant's "Promised Land" and the ...

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