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    Review: Nicolas Cage Returns to His Naturalist Roots in 'Joe,' Directed by David Gordon Green

    David Gordon Green's "Joe" is a sluggish, slow-burn drama set in poverty-mired Mississippi about the bond that gradually builds between a drifter boy ("Mud"'s Tye Sheridan) and a simmering ex-con (Nicolas Cage). While both Cage and Sheridan are very watchable, especially in the scenes they share tog...

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    WATCH: Mia Wasikowska Schleps Through the Outback in New Trailer for 'Tracks'

    The latest trailer for director John Curran's "Tracks," about a young woman's treacherous journey across the wilds of the West Australian desert and starring the sublime Mia Wasikowska, has landed. Release date via distributor The Weinstein Company forthcoming.

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    Indiewire's Best Undistributed Film 'Stray Dogs' Lands a Distributor

    After making an impressive number of Taiwanese films and becoming an important figure of the country's new cinema movement, director Tsai Ming Liang's latest masterpiece "Stray Dogs" has now been acquired by Cinema Guild. The film wowed audiences and critics at the 2013 Venice Film Festival, where i...

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    WATCH: Judi Dench Speaks Eloquently About Meeting and Playing the Real-Life 'Philomena'

    Last month at the Venice Film Festival, Judi Dench spoke eloquently at the "Philomena" press conference about meeting the real Philomena Lee, now 80, and the challenges of bringing her unusual life to the screen. Watch below.

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    'Gravity' Review: Cuaron's Exhilarating 3-D Space Ballet Is Anchored by Bullock and Clooney

    If Alfonso Cuaron's hypnotic, exhilarating space thriller "Gravity" isn't thematically as potent as "Children Of Men," his allegory about an infertile world, it is nonetheless a mesmerizing experience from start to finish, an extraordinary visual triumph. The film deploys 3-D in prodigious fashion, ...

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    Podcast: The Playlist Discusses The Festival Films Of Venice, Telluride & Toronto 2013

    ...and the podcast is back. On this latest episode, host (yours truly) and contributor Erik McClanahan is joined by Editor-In-Chief Rodrigo Perez, Managing Editor Kevin Jagernauth and breaking his podcast duck, our British correspondent and writer Oliver Lyttelton, to talk festivals, specifically th...

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    Venice 2013: Our 5 Favorite Films Of The Festival, Plus Our Complete Coverage

    It's farewell for another year to mosquitos, vaporettos and incomprehensibly rude Italian film critics who insist on checking their email mid-screening, because the 70th Venice Film Festival wrapped up on Saturday. For a festival that had seen quite a few twists and turns, it felt appropriate that i...

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    Exclusive: Watch Andrew Wonder & Paul Schrader's 'Future of Movies' Short For the 70th Venice Film Festival

    Instant gratification, video on demand, a la carte consumption, post-theatrical cinema. What’s on the horizon for the future of movies? Well, according to director/writer Paul Schrader (“The Canyons”) and filmmaker/cinematographer Andrew Wonder (@andrewwonder) cinema is in turmoil. “Only today, it’s...

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    Venice Review: Amos Gitai's Shot-In-One-Take 'Ana Arabia'

    If there was one stylistic trend at Venice this year, it was bravura, lengthy shots. The festival kicked off with the twenty-minute opening shot of "Gravity," and the rest of the festival sometimes felt like some kind of who-can-hold-a-shot the longest competition, with Steven Knight's "Locke" and T...

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    Venice Review: Golden Lion Winner 'Sacro GRA'

    It's a good thing that "Sacro GRA" won the Golden Lion, the Venice Film Festival, yesterday (making it the first documentary to win the top prize in the 70-year history of the festival). Because, quite frankly, it's just about the only reason you'd come to read this review. Its director, Gianfranco...

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