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    Why You Need to Start Paying Attention to Irish Cinema

    This modern surge in Irish filmmaking comes not in spite of the nation's circumstances, but because of them.

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    'The Guard' Writer/Director John Michael McDonagh Reteaming With Brendan Gleeson For Drama 'Calvary'

    Also Has U.S.-Set Comedy 'War On Everyone' And French Crime Flick 'The Bonnot Gang' In WorksReleasing a foul-mouthed black comedy full of thick Irish accents and taboo-busting jokes at the height of summer was always going to be something of a risk. But John Michael McDonagh's "The Guard" has proved...

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    'The Guard' Star Don Cheadle Says Funding Announcement For Miles Davis Biopic Could Come Very Soon

    Director John Michael McDonagh Says The Film Is A Reaction Against The Works Of Mike Leigh & Ken Loach & More From The FilmmakersUsually, when a film's biggest stars decide to do press interviews together, there's a collective groan among the writers since time its sometimes even more of a challenge to interview two actors at once then individually. But pairing the two actors in "The Guard" together reveals that Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle's killer chemistry isn't just limited to what we see in the movie. Gleeson stars as Sergeant Gerry Boyle, a crusty, crass cop bored by life in County Galway. When murder and drugs infiltrate the small t...

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    In Theaters: 'Cowboys & Aliens' & 'Smurfs,' Oh My!

    Listen, I know what you expect from me. After last week's showing, you're expecting me to wax poetic about Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling and all the man beauty at the box office. Nope. What Chris Evans and I have is special and beautiful and I will not sully it with that cad, Ryan. I will leave that salivating to the male portion of the Playlist, as Mr. Gosling is the designated man crush. I don't need to build him up anymore than the rest of these dudes have. He's a great actor with a wonderful sense of personal style. THE END. All I will say about Mr. Craig is that I hope his bum is insured by Lloyd's of London for as much...

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    Interview: 'The Guard' Star Brendan Gleeson Says The McDonagh Brothers Have a Friendly Rivalry

    Fueled by an Ennio Morricone-style score by Calexico, "The Guard" is essentially a classic Western set in Connemara, Ireland. If "The Guard" is "High Noon," then that makes star Brendan Gleeson the (much fouler) equivalent of Gary Cooper. Gleefully provoking with comments like, "Why don't you fuck off to America with your Barack O'Fucking Bama?" Gleeson's Gerry Boyle may say--and do--villainous things, but he's the good-hearted soul of this black comedy from director John Michael McDonagh, brother of Martin McDonagh of "In Bruges" fame. Surrounded by corruption, Sergeant Boyle is forced to pair up with a visiting FBI agent (Don Cheadle) to in...

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    Review: 'The Guard' Is Ireland's Acidic Answer To The Buddy Cop Formula

    The following is a reprint of our review from the Tribeca Film Festival.

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    REVIEW | Vulgar Brendan Gleeson Sustains Uneven Gun Play in "The Guard"

    Brendan Gleeson soars in "The Guard," playing a foul-mouthed Irish cop destined to offend everyone in his path, but the depth of the character overwhelms the quality of the movie about him. As the rambunctious Sergeant Gerry Boyle, Gleeson moves through each scene with a stunning duality, making his...

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    Worldwide Indie Box Office: Woody Allen's on His Way to $100 Million and Werner Herzog is Huge

    Werner Herzog, Wim Wenders, Woody Allen and "The Guard" are all enjoying successful runs outside the U.S.. That's good news for the films yet to open Stateside ("The Guard," Wenders' "Pina") and a nice bonus for the success stories that are Allen's "Midnight in Paris" and Herzog's "Cave of Forgotten...

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    Watch: First Trailer For John Michael McDonagh's Crime-Comedy 'The Guard'

    For a film by the brother of "In Bruges" director Martin McDonagh starring Brendon Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Mark Strong and Liam Cunningham, there's surprisingly been pretty much no talk about crime-comedy "The Guard," which debuted to mixed-to-positive reviews at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

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    Sundance '11: 'The Details,' 'The Guard,' 'Another Earth' All Find Distribution

    As good red-blooded capitalists, we at The Playlist like nothing more than stories about people buying things for millions of dollars, and as such, the last week of January is one of our favorite times of year -- it's the time when acquisition executives descend in their hordes on Park City for the ...

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