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    Venice Review: Joe Dante’s ‘Burying The Ex’ Starring Anton Yelchin, Ashley Greene And Alexandra Daddario

    A hard film to hate, but an even harder one to defend, Joe Dante’s throwback zombie comedy “Burying the Ex” is a completely unreconstructed B-movie that is perfectly happy to breeze by on charm, nostalgia and the attractiveness of its leads. We’d be happy to give a wholehearted pass were it not for ...

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    Venice Review: Abel Ferrara’s ‘Pasolini’ Starring Willem Dafoe

    Half a richly textured, engrossing biopic theorizing about the last few days of a notorious Italian provocateur’s life, half an unutterably tedious reenactment of the writings he was working on at the time of his death, Abel Ferrera’s “Pasolini” is a frustrating film, despite vast stretches of compe...

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    Watch: First Clip & Photos From ‘Burying The Ex,’ Joe Dante Says He’s Not Involved In Any ‘Gremlins’ Reboots

    Backed by Steven Spielberg in the 1980s, filmmaker Joe Dante would go on to make some incredible touchstones of cinema from that decade, including “The Howling,” “Gremlins,” it’s sequel, the cult-classic “The ‘Burbs,” “Explorers” and more. The ‘90s and aughts couldn’t quite live up to his incredible...

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    Venice Review: Ulrich Seidl’s Transgressive Hybrid Doc About What People Do ‘In The Basement’

    Looking for a nice wholesome film you can bring the whole family to? Nana got a birthday coming up? You may want to give Ulrich Seidl’s graphic, transgressive but deeply transfixing “In The Basement” a wide, wide berth, then. But if precise, clinical dissections of fetishes, freakishness and folly a...

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    Watch: First Clip For Abel Ferrara's ‘Pasolini’ Starring Willem Dafoe, Plus New Photos, Director's Statement & More

    The last few years have not been kind to Abel Ferrara’s career if you've taken a close look, but the filmmaker has soldiered on regardless. Starting around 2007, films like "Go Go Tales" "Mulberry St," "Napoli, Napoli, Napoli" and "Chelsea on the Rocks" either failed to receive North American distri...

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    Watch: The Bard Gets the Biker Treatment in Michael Almereyda's 'Cymbeline'

    "Cymbeline" is perhaps the Shakespeare play that engenders the most contention--is it a plotty, confusing morass, or one of the Bard's great masterpieces? All of which no doubt made it an intriguing and maybe irresistible challenge for director Michael Almereyda in his sophomore attempt at updating...

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    Venice Review: Ami Canaan Mann’s 'Jackie & Ryan' Starring Katherine Heigl And Ben Barnes

    Perhaps stung by the middling-to-poor reviews for her last film “Texas Killing Fields,” director Ami Canaan Mann (daughter of Michael) returns to screens under cover of absolute directorial anonymity with “Jackie & Ryan,” a movie hamstrung in its attempts to be a “Crazy Heart” or even “Country Stron...

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    Venice Review: HBO Miniseries ‘Olive Kitteridge’ Starring Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins And Bill Murray

    So that’s that then — the best film at the Venice Film Festival in terms of providing a great central female role (which have been in shocking short supply, at least in the selection we’ve seen so far) is not a film at all. It’s the subtle, sublime Lisa Cholodenko-directed 4-hour HBO miniseries “Oli...

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    3 Challenging Art Films Provoke Walkouts at Venice

    "Claustrophobia in nature caused by war" was the theme of the day in Venice. Not surprisingly, it also caused the most walkouts I’ve seen thus far.

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    Venice Review: ‘Cymbeline’ Starring Ethan Hawke, Dakota Johnson, Ed Harris, Milla Jovovich, Penn Badgley & Anton Yelchin

    A hamfisted attempt to inject "relevance" into one of Shakespeare’s more unfashionable plays, Michael Almereyda’s “Cymbeline” works best as a cautionary tale concerning the dangers of of believing that everything written by The Bard is “timeless.” Laboring under the misconception that the problem wi...

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