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    Review: 'Killing Them Softly' Has Bold Style, Skips Heartbeat

    Andrew Dominik's "Killing Them Softly," adapted from George V. Higgins' 1974 crime novel "Cogan's Trade," takes place in an atrophied post-Katrina New Orleans in 2008. Brad Pitt plays Jackie Cogan, a hitman whose preferred method of execution is explained in the film's updated title.

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    A Poet of Cinema: Jerry Schatzberg

    The films of Jerry Schatzberg, particularly the key works he directed in the 1970s, have been undervalued in the eyes of many critics who, in their survey of American cinema have elevated other directors to iconic status. (He is not alone – Michael Ritchie is another director richly deser...

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    Review: Leos Carax's 'Holy Motors' Is Bonkers

    The word ‘bonkers’ was used with abandon along the Croisette when it came to describing Leos Carax’s fifth film (his first full-length feature since 1999’s "Pola X") and "Holy Motors"’ reception at the critics’ screening and official Competition unveiling was so enthusiastic...

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    Director John Hillcoat and Screenwriter Nick Cave Talk 'Lawless'

    At Cannes, I sat down with the director and screenwriter of "Lawless," John Hillcoat and Nick Cave, who also wrote "The Proposition." This gorgeously mounted period adaptation of "The Wettest County in the World," which is palying out around the country, about the real-...

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    Peter Scarlet Leaves and is Now Former Director of Abu Dhabi Film Festival

    Peter Scarlet leaves immediately and is replaced by Fest colleague Ali Al Jabri, who on Tuesday was announced as the new festival director. Jabri was previously the director of the festival's Emirates Film Competition, he has worked recently closely with Scarlet. Jabri will now run the festival for ...

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    Watch: Badass First Trailer for Andrew Dominik's 'Killing Them Softly' Starring Brad Pitt

    It's been five years since we last saw Andrew Dominik in the director's chair. The "Chopper" helmer last impressed us with his epic 160-minute anti-western film, "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," staring Brad Pitt. Now, five years later, Domini...

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    Pablo Larraín's 'Post Mortem' Coming to DVD August 24, Second Piece in 'Tony Manero,' 'No' Trilogy

    Now that Chilean director Pablo Larraín's most recent film "No," a likely Oscar submission, was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics in Cannes and will show in Toronto, the director's 2010 film "Post Mortem" will be released on Blu-ray and DVD by Kino Lorber on August 24.

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    Watch: New U.S. Trailer for David Cronenberg's 'Cosmopolis'

    Up until now we've only been treated to international trailers and teasers for David Cronenberg's latest "Cosmopolis," starring "Twilight" star Robert Pattinson. Now with the August 17 theatrical release date looming, a U.S. trailer has premiered to give a clearer look at...

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    Michel Gondry's 'Mood Indigo' Lands May 15, 2013 Release In France, Will It Open The Cannes Film Festival?

    The Cannes Film Festival ended just over a month ago, but it looks like we can start speculating about what will appear next year already, as a highly anticipated film has justed landed a release date in France that just happens to coincide with festival's opening.

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    Cross-Post: A Heroine's Journey

    The world has moved on but I’m still obsessing about why, for the second time in three years was there no films directed by a woman in the main competition at Cannes this year. I mean I know it’s only one festival but it’s by far the most prestigious and really that kind of omissio...

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