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    '2 Guns' Leads Bland Friday Grosses; Sony's 'Smurfs 2' Opens in Third, Bigger Overseas

    It's August. Universal is heading for its third number one opener of the summer as the Denzel Washington/Mark Wahlberg crime actioner "2 Guns" grossed $10 million Friday. That's the lowest number for a top film for a Friday since the pre-summer April 26 first day of "Pain and Gain," but is typical o...

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    'Spectacular Now' Director James Ponsoldt On His Upcoming Hillary Clinton Biopic and Adapting the Musical 'Pippin'

    Last year James Ponsoldt arrived at Sundance with his second feature "Smashed." Cut to a year later and the writer-director has already had a third film ("The Spectacular Now") screen in competition at the festival, on top of signing on to direct the hotly anticipated Hillary Clinton biopic "Rodham,...

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    The 7 Films You Must See This August

    August is here and about to offer quite the selection to movie-goers, and not just if you're into superheroes and sequels. As the final monthly extension of our summer movie preview, Indiewire is offering another summer indie "must-see" lists to make cinematic decision-making as easy as possib...

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    The Spectacular Now

    I haven’t felt so swept up in the emotional lives of young people since "The Perks of Being a Wallflower."

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    Review: James Ponsoldt's 'The Spectacular Now' Starring Shailene Woodley & Miles Teller

    Sutter Keely (Miles Teller) is the charming, good time guy who lives in the moment. Self-assured, he’s the life of the party, popular, and he and his girlfriend Cassidy (Brie Larson) breeze through their high school experience. Sutter and Cassidy are like a teenage power couple that rule parties tha...

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    This Weekend: See 'Spectacular Now,' Belgium's 'Our Children' and Yes, 'The Canyons'; Skip 'Smurfs 2'

    What an eclectic bag this weekend brings. The two must-sees are in the indie-arthouse sector: Belgium's 2012 Oscar entry "Our Children," a devastating real-life story of a mother driven to murder, and James Ponsoldt's coming-of-age Sundance hit "The Spectacular Now," starring Shailene Woodley and Mi...

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    13 Films You Should See In August

    August usually means backpacks, school, and the slow slog to the holidays and the end of the year (can you tell I’m not looking forward to summer‘s end?). One place where the end isn’t apparent is at the local multiplex, where there is so much going in August that I’m throwing in an additional two f...

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    25 Films About First Love To Fall For

    This Friday sees the release of James Ponsoldt's "Smashed" follow-up, the tenderly drawn coming-of-age teen story "The Spectacular Now." Boasting standout performances from young leads Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley, the film, which we reviewed out of Sundance and called "valuable and honest," ev...

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    Interview: Miles Teller Talks Unbroken Takes In James Ponsoldt’s ‘The Spectacular Now,’ Admiration For Donny Osmond & More

    Since his portrayal of a guilt-wracked young man in “Rabbit Hole” deservedly vaulted him into the spotlight, actor Miles Teller has committed to different shades of the high school/college experience. He snagged considerable parts in “Project X” and “21 and Over”—both anarchic, single-night party fi...

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    'The Spectacular Now' Breakout Miles Teller Talks to Indiewire: 'If I was more attractive I'd be in TV.'

    Miles Teller knows he doesn't look like Channing Tatum, and he doesn't "give a shit." The supremely gifted 26-year-old actor, who caught viewers' attention in a big way with his supporting role in 2010's "Rabbit Hole," is the sort of non-blonde, not-quite-square-jawed rising star whom countless outl...

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