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    Super 8 Opening Projections Are Irrelevant; Word-of-Mouth Will Sell This Critics' Darling

    Having seen Super 8 Tuesday--it did not disappoint--I agree with box office analyst Anthony D'Alessandro's assertion that it doesn't matter if Super 8 opens soft. It's an original that plays like gangbusters and as such, the eventual returns will dwarf its opening this weekend, whatever it is. (This...

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    X-Men: First Class: Winners and Losers, Fassbender Up, Lawrence Down

    X-Men: First Class's $56 million opening (no 3-D premium ticket sales) marks a big win for most of the folks involved. But there are a few losers, too.

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    Weekend Preview: X-Men Lands with Naked Mystique, Indies Beginners and Submarine Are Must-Sees

    It's a weekend of stellar and star-packed openings, with well-reviewed X-Men: First Class opening (finally fanboys get a glimpse at naked Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, picture below), along with buzzing indies Beginners, Submarine and Beautiful Boy. While Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor shine...

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    Cannes Restless Reaction: Managing Expectations for Van Sant Tweener, Silent Version on DVD

    Sony knew that Gus Van Sant's Restless was a tweener. It's neither an art film that plays for highbrow critics looking for discovery or depth, nor a mainstream entertainment aimed at teens. The movie is what it is: a sweet unpretentious coming-of-age love story that doesn't over-reach.

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    Tree of Life Update: Staying Power, Malick's Next Moves

    While The Tree of Life continues to score at the specialty box office--although not as well as Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, his biggest hit in years--we're not only looking forward to Terrence Malick's next film, an untitled romance starring Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams, but the often slow and...

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    Early Reviews: X-Men: First Class Earns Top Grades

    While some of us were gallivanting around the south of France, others caught screenings of Matthew Vaughn's crack at the X-Men franchise, First Class, which boasts an appealing cast led by James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence and --for starters--strong reviews. The movie opens wide...

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    Cannes Le Havre Reviews: "Endearing, Enchanted Port in the Storm, Best Film to Date"

    Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki (Oscar-nominated Man without a Past) is an acquired taste--he brings a mix of arch humor and warm humanity to the table. He's hip and square at the same time, a bit like David Lynch, or Charlie Chaplin. Some people get him and some people--like this year's Cannes comp...

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    Emmy Watch: Greed Gets the Blame in HBO's Too Big To Fail, Bill Pullman Talks

    HBO Films put another big dog into Emmy Awards contention this week with the premiere of Too Big To Fail, based on the book by Andrew Ross Sorkin, about the very recent banking crisis and its ongoing implications. Amy Dawes reacts to the movie and talks to actor Bill Pullman, who portrays banker Ja...

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