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    Venice: Peter Bogdanovich Returns with 'She's Funny That Way'

    Peter Bogdanovich returns to the big screen after an almost 14-year hiatus with "She's Funny That Way," a well-timed, hilarious new film that debuted at the Venice Film Festival. The veteran director of "Targets" and "The Last Picture Show" pays heartfelt homage to the screwball comedies of the 40s ...

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    Watch: First Clip From James Franco's 'The Sound And The Fury'

    It's not a film festival without James Franco unveiling a short film, book of poetry, feature effort, art installation or something, and so the polymath is rolling into Venice with "The Sound And The Fury." Yep, the work of William Faulkner is getting the Franco treatment, again, and the first clip ...

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    Venice Reviews: Akin’s 'The Cut' Stars Rahim, Costanza’s 'Hungry Hearts' Stars Driver

    “The Cut” is Fatih Akin’s reach for the big time, and sad to say he comes up short. The popular German-Turkish director has made a lot of different kinds of films, from inter-cultural dramas (“Head On”) and comedies (“Soul Kitchen”), to romantic comedy/road-trips (“In July”) and documentaries (“Cros...

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    'The Boxtrolls' Reviews: 'Flipping Excellent' or 'A Charmless Misfire?'

    Laika's latest has split critics at Venice, with reactions ranging from glowing to deeply disappointed.

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    Watch: First Trailer And Clip From Shakespeare With Machine Guns 'Cymbeline' Starring Ethan Hawke & Ed Harris

    Shakespeare has received no shortage of contemporary cinematic takes, but we'd reckon there are few that have involved machine guns. So welcome to Michael Almereyda's "Cymbeline," which is not his first journey down the Bard's path. He's the filmmaker behind 2000's slick version of "Hamlet," but thi...

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    'The Look of Silence' Reviews: A Worthy Companion to 'The Act of Killing,' or 'The Best Nonfiction Film Ever Made'?

    Joshua Oppenheimer's follow-up to his 2012 gut-wrencher is more conventional but equally harrowing.

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    Venice Review: Roy Andersson's 'A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence'

    Unlike stupid real Christmas, cinephile Christmas only comes every eight years or so. That’s how long it's taken Swedish legend Roy Andersson to mount each of the films in his “trilogy about being a human being.” This morning in Venice, however, when we checked under the tree, there it was: the fina...

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    Watch: First Trailer For Abel Ferrara's 'Pasolini' Starring Willem Dafoe

    Abel Ferrara has always been known for creating characters and stories that delve into extreme human behaviour, but his last couple of films have concerned events that he did not have to dream up. This summer, the filmmaker unveiled "Welcome To New York," the fictionalized tale of former IMF chief ...

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    Venice Review: Larry Clark’s ‘The Smell Of Us’ Featuring Michael Pitt... And Larry Clark

    A prime example of what we’ve just now dubbed “le cinema du entre-jambes,” or “crotch cinema,” Larry Clark’s “The Smell of Us” is a film so horrible it manages to significantly outdo the repulsiveness of its title. Having waded through Clark’s entire back catalogue some time ago (the things we do fo...

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