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May 21, 2014

{The Amazing Catfish}

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I wish I had caught this Mexican family drama from Claudia Sainte-Luce when it screened at the Newport Beach Film Fest last month, but I may have a chance to see it soon. As an added bonus, the music in the film was done by Madame Recamier.

Look for this film in select theaters June 13th.

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{Hellion}

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Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul stars in this family drama about a family under siege.

Look for this film in select theaters June 13th.

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{A Coffee in Berlin}

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Jan Ole Gerster's debut feature A Coffee in Berlin is a black and white dramedy set to a jazz soundtrack.

Look for this film in select theaters June 13th.

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May 06, 2014

{Me + Her}

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During the Newport Beach Film Festival I caught some great animation short films. Joseph Oxford's Me + Her was one of my faves.

This short film is currently screening at film fests.

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May 05, 2014

{Flake & Flames}

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During the Newport Beach Film Festival I caught the feature length documentary Flake & Flames. The film is about the Kustom Kulture movement going on around the globe

This film is available to purchase on DVD.

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{God Help the Girl}

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I viewed a lot of films last week during the Newport Beach Film Festival I caught a screening of God Help the Girl, a coming-of-age musical project by Belle & Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch.

This film is currently screening at festivals, but no official US release date as of yet.

There's no trailer to be found, but you can read about it or watch a teaser clip right here

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{The Immigrant}

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I viewed a lot of films last week during the Newport Beach Film Festival and I'm going to be spreading the word about some of my faves. I caught James Gray's period drama The Immigrant, starring Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner. The film is set in the 1920's and opens with two sisters arriving in New York from their native Poland in search of a new start.

Look for this film in select theaters May 16th.

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April 21, 2014

{The Discoveries}

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This is a family dramedy starring Oscar & Emmy nominated Griffin Dunne, Madeleine Martin (Californication), Devon Graye, (Dexter), Cara Buono (Mad Men), David Rasche (In the Loop), Dreama Walker (Compliance), Ann Dowd (Compliance), Becky Ann Baker (Girls), Scott Adsit (30 Rock), and John C. McGinley (Scrubs).

Look for this film in select theaters May 16th.

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{Young and Beautiful}

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François Ozon (Swimming Pool, 8 Women) directs this coming-of-age drama of sexual awakening.

Look for this film in select theaters April 25th.

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April 08, 2014

{Palo Alto}

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From writer-director Gia Coppola comes an astonishing debut feature that deftly captures the complicated ties, heightened emotions, and romantic highs and lows of adolescence. Based on several linked stories by James Franco.

Look for this film in select theaters May 9th.

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{We Are the Best}

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From Lukas Moodysson, We are the Best! revolves around three girls in 1980s Stockholm who decide to form a punk band—despite not having any instruments and being told by everyone that punk is dead. Based on a graphic novel, We are the Best!

Look for this film in select theaters May 30th.

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{Chef}

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Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity and is left to figure out what’s next. The film stars Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, Emjay Anthony, Scarlett Johansson, and Robert Downey, Jr.

Look for this film in select theaters May 9th.

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April 01, 2014

{The Raid 2}

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The Raid was one of the most intense action films I've seen in years. Picking up from right where the first film ends, The Raid 2 follows Rama (Iko Uwais) as he goes undercover and infiltrates the ranks of a ruthless Jakarta crime syndicate in order to protect his family and uncover the corruption in his own police force.

This film is currently screening in select theaters.

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{Finding Vivian Maier}

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This is the story of Vivian Maier, who is considered one of the 20th century's greatest street photographers. Vivian Maier was a mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime.

This film is currently screening in select theaters.

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{Jodorowsky's Dune}

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This is the story of legendary cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s staggeringly ambitious, but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel Dune.

This film is currently screening in select theaters.

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March 11, 2014

{Assault on El Capitan}

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The Frida Cinema is a new art house theater recently opened it's doors in downtown Santa Ana. They have already screened a vintage Pedro Almodovar film, Sundance FIlm Festival Shorts, and the cult classic Forbidden Zone. Next on their roster is the SoCal premiere of the documentary Assault on El Capitan, which is about Ammon McNeely, and his attempt to climb the controversial and never-repeated route of Wings of Steel on Yosemite’s El Capitan.

The film screens March 15th with a live Q&A with Ammon McNeely, writer/director Jeff Vargen, and Special Guests afterwards. Purchase tickets here

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March 10, 2014

{The Dance of Reality}

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The Dance of Reality is Alejandro Jodorowsky's first film in 23 years. Shot at the edge of a Chilean desert where he was born, the film blends his personal history with metaphor, mythology and poetry, philosophy, and imagination.

Look for this film in select theaters May 23rd.

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{Breathe In}

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This film is about a foreign exchange student that arrives in a small upstate New York town, challenging the dynamics of her host family’s relationships, altering their lives forever.

Look for this film in select theaters March 28th.

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{Sin City: A Dame to KIll For}

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Finally! Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miller's visually stunning “Sin City” graphic novels back to the screen. Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Powers Boothe, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Bruce Willis, Eva Green, Rosario Dawson, Ray Liotta, and Jeremy Piven star.

Look for this film in select theaters August 22nd.

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{The Retrieval}

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Set during the Civil War, a boy is sent by a bounty hunter gang to retrieve a wanted freedman and bring him back to the South. As they begin to form an unexpected bond, the boy must face a tough decision.

Look for this film in select theaters April 2nd.

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{It Felt Like Love}

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Written and directed by Eliza Hittman, this is a story about a young girl who falls for a tough older guy, and in doing so puts herself in danger.

Look for this film in select theaters March 21st.

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January 06, 2014

{Favorite Films of 2013}



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Gravity

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To The Wonder

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Before Midnight

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The Stories We Tell

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The Hunt

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Mud

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Fruitvale Station

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Side Effects

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Blackfish

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This is the End

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Blancanieves

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A Hijacking
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The Great Gatsby
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A Place Beyond the Pines
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Frances Ha
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The Iceman
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Only God Forgives
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No
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Stoker
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Gimme the Loot
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American Hustle
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Blue Jasmine
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Robot & Frank
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Post Tenebras Lux
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The East
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Eden
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A Band Called Death
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You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet
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Drug War
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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
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Computer Chess
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Flight
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Museum Hours
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The Impossible
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The Wolverine
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What Maisie Knew
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As you can see I got tired of attaching images early on, but there are links to view all the trailers.

And this is what the list of films I have yet to see looks like...

The Wolf of Wall Street
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Her
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A Field in England
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Inside Llewyn Davis
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Wadjda
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12 Years A Slave
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Spring Breakers
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Now You See Me
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Kill Your Darlings
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Nebraska
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The Bling Ring
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Warm Bodies
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About Time
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Philomena
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Filth
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The Wind Rises
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A Touch of Sin
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Fill the Void
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The World's End
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Concussion
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The Spectacular Now
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Paradise Hope

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My Brother the Devil
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Blue Caprice
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The We and the I
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Viola
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Laurence Anyways
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At Berkeley
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October 01, 2013

{Mr. Nobody}

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This is a science fiction drama film written and directed by Jaco Van Dormael and starring Jared Leto. Can't explain much more than that.

Look for this film in select theaters Nov. 1st.

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{Argento's Dracula 3D}

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Horror legend Dario Argento's puts his signature twist of the classic Dracula story. This stars Asia Argento and Rutger Hauer as Van Helsing.

Look for this film in select theaters Oct. 4th.

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{Concussion}

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After a blow to the head, Abby decides she can't do it anymore and begins a secret life.

Look for this film in select theaters Oct. 4th.

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{The Citizen}

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This is based on a true story about a man who wins the U.S Green Card Lottery for a chance to become an American citizen. He lands in New York City the day before 9/11.

This film is currently screening in select theaters.

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August 07, 2013

{Una Noche}

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Presented by Spike Lee and directed by Lucy Mulloy Una Noche follows Raul, who gets into trouble with the law and needs to flee Havana across a 90 mile ocean.

Look for this film in select theaters August 23rd or on iTunes August 26th.

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{The Artist and the Model}

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Fernando Trueba's latest drama is set in the summer of 1943. In an occupied France, near the Spanish border. A famous old sculptor finds the desire to work on his last masterpiece when he sees a beautiful young Spanish girl.

This film is currently screening in select theaters.

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{Her}

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Spike Jonze returns with the story set place in the not too distant future about a man dealing with a heartbreak. The film boasts an all star cast (Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, Scarlett Johansson)

Look for this film in select theaters November 20th.

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June 27, 2013

{Morrissey 25: Live}

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Back in March Morrissey recorded an intimate show at Hollywood High School in California. Check out the trailer for Morrissey 25: Live, the resulting movie.

Look for this film in select theaters in August.

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June 26, 2013

{I'm So Excited}

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Pedro Almodóvar's 19th feature, I'm so Excited (Los Amantes Pasajeros), is a comedy about a plane that may be about to crash.

Look for this film in select theaters June 28st.

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{Somm}

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This documentary is about the world of Master Sommeliers.

Look for this film in select theaters June 21st.

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{The Attack}

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This story is about an Israeli Palestinian surgeon whose life is turned upside down when a suicide bombing in a restaurant leaves nineteen dead.

Look for this film in select theaters June 21st.

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May 06, 2013

{Love, Marilyn}

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I didn't take in too many documentaries last week at the Newport Beach Film Festival, but one that I did see and enjoy was Love, Marilyn.
Drawing on never-before-seen personal papers, diaries and letters, director Liz Garbus works with acclaimed actors to evoke the multiple aspects of the real Marilyn. Elizabeth Banks, Ellen Burstyn, Glenn Close, Viola Davis, Jennifer Ehle, Lindsay Lohan, Lili Taylor, Uma Thurman, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood each appear on screen to enact Marilyn’s words.

This film is currently screening in select festivals. No word yet on official release date in the US.

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{The Suicide Shop}

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Patrice Leconte's animated French film The Suicide Shop (Le Magasin Des Suicides) is another movie I enjoyed last week at the Newport Beach Film Festival.

This film is currently screening in select festivals. No word yet on official release date in the US.

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{Greetings from Tim Buckley}

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One of the films I enjoyed at at the Newport Beach Film Festival was Greetings from Tim Buckley. The story follows a young Jeff Buckley rehearses for his public singing debut at a Brooklyn tribute show for his father, the late folk singer Tim Buckley. Struggling with the legacy of a man he barely knew, Jeff begins to discover the powerful potential of his own musical voice.

This film is currently screening in select theaters.

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{Cinco De Mayo: La Batalla}

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I caught Rafa Lara's Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla at the Newport Beach Film Festival last week. The story chronicles Mexico's Battle of Puebla, holding off a French army that had them outnumbered. I do believe this is one of the biggest budget Mexican films I've ever seen

The film is currently screening in select cities. No word yet on wide range release date.

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April 23, 2013

{Post Tenebras Lux}

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Post Tenebras Lux (“light after darkness”) is a wonderfully shot story of an upscale, urban family whose move to the Mexican countryside results in domestic crises and class friction.

Look for this film in select theaters May 1st.

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{What Maisie Knew}

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I'm looking forward to catching this film at the Newport Beach FIlm Festival later this week. This drama stars Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan, as they go through a bitter custody battle.

Look for this film in select theaters May 3rd.

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{The Kings of Summer}

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This is a coming-of-age dramedy about three boys that decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land, away from their parents rules.

Look for this film in select theaters May 31st.

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April 04, 2013

{Andrew bird: Fever Year}

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Part documentary, part concert film this follows singer-songwriter Andrew Bird's most rigorous year of touring. it's the first documentary to capture Bird’s multi-instrumental looping technique and features live performances with Martin Dosh, Jeremy Ylvisaker, Michael Lewis and Annie Clark of St. Vincent.

This film will be screening tonight at the Orange County Museum of Art as part of Cinema Orange, presented by the Newport Beach Film Festival.

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{Pieta}

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From controversial Korean director Kim Ki-Duk comes a haunting story about a isolated loan shark that uses brutality to threaten and collect paybacks.

Look for this film in select theaters May 17th.

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{Violeta Went to Heaven}

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This award winning documentary tells the extraordinary story of the iconic Chilean poet, musician and folksinger Violeta Parra.

This film is now playing in select theaters.

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{An Oversimplification of Her Beauty}

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If you hear about this film it might be because Jay Z is one of the executive producers, but it should be because this is a fresh and original take on young love in the big city. Director Terence Nance's narrative is playful (poetic, even) and pushes the cinematic envelope.

Look for the film in select theaters April 26th.

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{See Girl Run}

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See Girl Run is about a woman revisiting her past relationships in order to find some guidance.

Look for the film in select theaters April 26th.

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March 26, 2013

{The Angels' Share}

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Winner of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize, The Angels' Share is a comic fable about wasted talent and what happens when we are given a chance in life.

Look for the film in select theaters April 12th.

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{Something in the Air}

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Olivier Assayas' latest film is about a graduating high school student in Paris deeply involved in the counterculture in 1971.

Look for the film in select theaters May 3rd.

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{To the Wonder}

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Looking forward to seeing Terrence Malick's (Tree of Life, The New World) next film To The Wonder, which explores the complexities of love in all its forms

Look for the film in select theaters April 12th.

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{American Mary}

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The Soska sisters return with a horror story of a medical student that gets caught up in the messy world of underground surgeries.

Look for the film in select theaters May 31st.

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March 06, 2013

{Kiss of the Damned}

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Don't let the fact that this is a vampire story put you off, just watch the trailer.

Look for the film in select theaters May 3rd.

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{Stories We Tell}

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In this documentary Sarah Polley turns the camera on her own family, discovering secrets her mother kept. Through interviews with old friends she attempts to separate fact from fiction.

Look for the film in select theaters May 10th.

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{Graceland}

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This Filipino thriller is described as a kidnapping story, turned lesson in morality.

Look for the film in select theaters April 26th.

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February 25, 2013

{Eden}

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This drama is based on a true story about a young Korean-American girl that is abducted and forced into prostitution by a domestic human and drug trafficking ring.

Look for the film in select theaters March 20th.

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{Simon Killer}

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Antonio Campos' erotic and and psychological drama Simon Killer is about a college graduate that travels to Paris to clear his head and gets into some shady business.

Look for the film in select theaters April 5th.

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{Blancanieves}

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From Pablo Berger and inspired by a tale from The Brother's Grimm (Snow White) comes a black-and-white silent Spanish drama about a girl training as a bullfighter, until she runs away with a troupe of dwarves to became a legend.

Look for the film in select theaters March 29th.

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February 19, 2013

{Evil Dead}

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This is a remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film about five friends holed up in a remote cabin. Hard to imagine them making a better movie, but we'll see.

No official release date yet.

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{Frances Ha}

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This is the forthcoming film from Noah Baumbach. It's the story of a girl that throws herself headlong into her dreams.

Look for the film in select theaters May 17th.

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{Like Someone in Love}

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From Abbas Kiarostami (Certified Copy) comes the story of a brief encounter between an elderly professor and a sociology student (Rin Takanashi) who moonlights as a high-end escort.

Look for the film in select theaters February 15th.

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February 18, 2013

{From Up on Poppy Hill}

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From the legendary Studio Ghibli and Hayao and Goro Miyazaki comes this unique coming-of-age story set in Yokohama in 1963 as Japan is picking itself up from the devastation of World War II.

Look for the film in select theaters February 15th.

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{No}

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This film, from Pablo Larraín, is one of the five nominees for Best Foreign Language film in this year’s Academy Awards. Set in 1988, this is the story of the campaign to remove Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet. The film stars Gael Garcia Bernal.

Look for the film in select theaters February 15th.

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{Hava Nagila}

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This is a documentary tracing the roots of the song "Hava Nagila (Let Us Rejoice)". It features interviews with Harry Belafonte, Leonard Nimoy, Connie Francis, Glen Campbell, and Josh Kun, as well as performances of the song by Belafonte, Francis, Danny Kaye, Bob Dylan, Lena Horne, Regina Spektor and Chubby Checker.

Look for the film in select theaters March 1st.

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{War Witch}

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This Foreign Language Nominee is the story of a 12 years old girl kidnapped by rebel soldiers and enslaved to a life of guerrilla warfare in the African jungle.

Look for the film in select theaters March 1st.

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January 24, 2013

{Future Weather}

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This is a drama about a 13-year-old loner passionate about nature and worried about global warming, and her single mom who has abandoned her.

Look for the film in select theaters February 22nd.

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{Upstream Color}

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This film looks like a romance, a thriller, and a science fiction film rolled into one. All the synopsis tells us is..."A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism.'

Look for the film in select theaters April 5th.

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{The End of Love}

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When the mother of his two year old son suddenly passes away, struggling actor Mark (played by writer/director Mark Webber) is forced to grapple with his ability to grow up. The drama also stars: Isaac Love, Shannyn Sossamon, Michael Cera, Aubrey Plaza, and Amanda Seyfried.

Look for the film in select theaters March 1st.

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January 22, 2013

{Favorite Films of 2012}

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So, after much delay here are some of the films of 2012 that I enjoyed most...

Beasts of the Southern Wild

This unique film about a bayou community cut off from the rest of the world is like no other.
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Bullhead

This slow moving Belgian drama is a story of of revenge, redemption and fate.
View the trailer here.

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Zero Dark Thirty

This is Kathryn Bigelow's film about the plan to find and eliminate Osama bin Laden.
View the trailer here.

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Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry

This is a documentary about China's most celebrated contemporary artist, and its most outspoken activist.
View the trailer here.

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The Turin Horse

This Hungarian drama is Bela Tarr's final film, which is a slow moving drama about the end of days.
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Deep Blue Sea

This Terence Davies drama is the story of a troubled love triangle.
View the trailer here.

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Oslo, August 31st

This Norwegian drama is the story of a man battling drug addiction as he struggles to overcome personal demons.
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Jiro Dreams of Sushi

This documentary is the story of 85 year old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world's greatest sushi chef.
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Beyond the Black Rainbow

Let's just say you've probably never seen anything like this slow moving science fiction/horror film and leave it at that.
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Monsieur Lazhar

This is the story of a substitute in a Montreal middle school class, after the death of their well-liked teacher.
View the trailer here.

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The Raid: Redemption

This Indonesian action/martial arts film is simply one of the most action packed films I've seen in awhile. The film opens with an elite special-forces team performing a raid, and then slowly the plot begins to thicken.
View the traier here.

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The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

This documentary is the story about the public housing Pruitt-Igoe housing development and the St. Louis residents who called it home.
View the trailer here.

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Searching For Sugar Man

This documentary is the true story of Rodriguez, the greatest '70s rock icon who never was.
View the trailer here.

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Declaration of War

When their young son is diagnosed with a brain tumor, young parents Romeo and Juliette unite in the fight for his survival.
View the trailer here.

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Le Skylab

This is Julie Delpy's dramedy about a family gathering in France's countryside.
View the trailer here.

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The Imposter

This the real life story of a man who steals the identity of a boy that went missing years prior, only to find himself way in over his head.
View the trailer here.

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The Grey

This thriller is about a group of oil-rig roughnecks, whose plane crashes into the remote Alaskan wilderness and they struggle for survival.
View the trailer here.

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My Way

Loosely based on real events this South Korean war film is about two enemies, forced to fight together, and end up forming a bond.
View the trailer here.

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Cabin in the Woods

Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard put a clever twist on the 'five friends go out to a cabin' horror/comedy story.
View the trailer here.

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Elena

This Russian film is a family drama with nods to classic noir.
View the trailer here.



Ok, I'm getting lazy now so click on the titles to see the trailers for these next twenty five or so films...

Argo
The Dark Knight Rises
Django Unchained
Looper
Indie Game
Goodbye First Love
Your Sisters Sister
Take This Waltz
Sleepwalk with Me
Bernie
Safety Not Guaranteed
Compliance
Heleno
Chico & Rita
The Perks of Being A Wallflower
The American Scream
The Invisible War
Brooklyn Boheme
Head Games The Queen of Versailles
Craigslist Joe
A Bag of Hammers
Gerhard Richter Painting
How To Survive A Plague
The Gatekeepers
Prometheus
The Avengers
The Hunger Games


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November 15, 2012

{Finding Joy}

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This is the story of a self-absorbed writer that rediscovers himself, his offbeat family, and what it means to be happy when he meets Joy-a spirited young woman who asks him to write her obituary.

Look for the film in select theaters February 8th.

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{On the Road}

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Directed by Walter Salles (Central Station, The Motorcycle Diaries) and based on the iconic novel by Jack Kerouac, On the Road tells the timeless story of Sal Paradise, a young writer traveling cross-country, on a personal quest for freedom from the conformity and conservatism.
The film stars: Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams, Tom Sturridge, Danny Morgan, Alice Braga, Elizabeth Moss, Kirsten Dunst, and Viggo Mortensen.

Look for the film in select theaters December 21st.

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{Heleno}

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I blogged about this film awhile back when it screened at the Newport Beach Film Festival, but now it finally has a release date.
Rodrigo Santoro stars as "40s Brazilian soccer superstar Heleno de Freitas. The biopic also stars up and comer Alinne Moraes who plays Heleno’s estranged wife. Angie Cepeda plays a nightclub singer with whom the soccer star has an ongoing and passionate affair.

Look for the film in select theaters December 7th.

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November 06, 2012

{Rust and Bone}

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This French-Belgian drama is directed by Jacques Audiard, starring Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts is based on Craig Davidson's short story collection with the same name.

Look for the film in select theaters December 23rd.

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{The Grandmasters}

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We finally get a look at Wong Kar-Wai's The Grandmasters. The film tells the story of martial arts master Ip Man, the trainer of Bruce Lee. Add action choreographer Yuen Woo Ping (The Matrix, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Kill Bill, Fist Of Legend) into the mix, and you’ve got yourself something special.

The film will open in China on December 18th, though no U.S. date or distributor is lined up just yet.

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{The Loneliest Planet}

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Gael Garcia Bernal Hani Furstenberg star in this drama about a young couple in love that are backpacking in the Caucasus Mountains when something goes wrong and can't be undone.

This film is currently playing in select theaters.

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{Hecho en Mexico}

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Alejandro Fernández, Kinky, Diego Luna, Lupe Esparza, Los Tucanes de Tijuana, Rubén Albarrán, Carla Morrison, Amandititita, Don Cheto, and Chavela Vargas all star in this film that weaves a cinematic tapestry composed of original songs and insights from the most iconic artists and performers of contemporary Mexico.

Look for this in select theaters November 30th.

View the trailer right here

Off the soundtrack, have a listen to Carla Morrison (Featuring Leon Larregui)- "Mensajero" right here

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{Back to 1942}

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In 1942, Henan Province was devastated by the most tragic famine in modern Chinese history, resulting in the deaths of at least three million men, women and children. Although the primary cause of the famine was a severe drought, it also had to do with the corruption of the ruling Kuomintang government.

There's no official US release date yet, but when we know more so will you.

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October 16, 2012

{Dragon}

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From Peter Ho-Sun Chan is a story of a town is shattered by the arrival of two notorious gangsters in the local general store, but when a man single-handedly saves the shopkeeper's life, he comes under investigation.

Look for this film in select theaters October 26th

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{The Man with the Iron Fists}

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Wu Tang Clan's RZA is set to make his directorial debut with Man With the Iron Fists. Quentin Tarantino produces this "bloody R rated martial arts extravaganza", and clearly you can see his influence. The film mixes kung fu with a spaghetti western mindset and a hip hop influence. The screenplay was written by Eli Roth (Hostel) and RZA.

Look for this film in select theaters November 2nd

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October 15, 2012

{28 Hotel Rooms}

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What begins as a one night stand a one-night stand turns into an unexpected love that slowly evolves into a profound relationship and threatens to impact lives.

Look for this film in select theaters November 9th

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{Not Fade Away}

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From The Sopranos creator David Chase comes a story of three best friends from the suburbs of New Jersey that decide to form a rock band.

No official release date for this one yet, but when we know more so will you.

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{The Flat}

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At age 98, director Arnon Goldfinger's grandmother passed away, leaving him the task of clearing out the Tel Aviv flat that she and her husband shared for decades after immigrating from Nazi Germany in the 1930s. Sifting through a mountain of photos, letters, files, and objects he begins to uncover clues pointing to a complicated and shocking story.

Look for this film in select theaters October 19th

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July 09, 2012

{A Burning Hot Summer}

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In his latest film French master Philippe Garrel (Regular Lovers) examines the once-happy marriage between brooding painter and his movie-star wife as it hits the rocks. When another young couple joins them on a Roman holiday, tensions and passions flare. This stars Monica Bellucci and Louis Garrel.

The film is currently screening in select theaters.

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{Americano}

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Mathieu Demy's directorial debut stars Slama Hayek and is about coming to terms with grief and uncomfortable pasts.

The film is currently screening in select theaters.

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June 06, 2012

{Starry Starry Night}

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In this wildly visual film, Mei and Jay fall in love and begin a perilous journey into the wilderness to find her grandparents' home. As they venture into the starry night, they get lost in a storm that leads them towards a greater destination.

Look for the film in select theaters July 6th.

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May 23, 2012

{Wallander}

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Before Stieg Larsson (Millennium Trilogy, The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo) and Jo Nesbø (Headhunters, Harry Hole novels) there was Henning Mankell. Based on an original story from immensely popular Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell, Wallander: The Revenge follows the titular chief inspector Kurt Wallander (Krister Henriksson) as he investigates crimes and solves mysteries in the deceptively dark underbelly of picturesque modern Sweden.

The Wallander series (Series 2) consists of a total of thirteen 90 minute episodes, including “The Revenge”, “The Guilt”, “The Courier” and “The Thief”. The film will have a limited release in NY and LA on Friday June 1st and will be available on VOD and DVD starting May 29, 2012.

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{Mosquita y Mari}

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This one one of my favorite films that I got a chance to screen at the Newport Beach Film Festival

Mosquita y Mari is a coming of age story about two girls growing up in Huntington Park, Los Angeles and have only known loyalty to one thing: family. When Mari moves in across the street from Yolanda a strange yet beautiful connection surfaces and choices will need to be made.

There's no official release date yet, but when I know more so will you.

View the trailer right here or below...



The soundtrack to the film is also something to get excited about. I'll give y'all more details when I get a release date. In the meantime, here's the pop gem that closes the film. It's La Bien Querida "9.6"...



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May 22, 2012

{Graffitiger}

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One of my favorite short films at the Newport Beach Film Festival was this animation mixed with live action short from Libor Pixa. It's the story of a lonely tiger that who goes looking for his lost love on the facades of Prague's houses.

View the short film below...



View Libor Pixa's website right here

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May 21, 2012

{Daylight Savings}

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This film is about San Francisco-based musician Goh Nakamura (playing himself) and his long-distance girlfriend Erika (Ayako Fujitani) that breaks up with him over Skype.

There's no official release date yet, but keep your eyes peeled for this one.

View the trailer right here

Here's a few Goh Nakamura tunes. This one is "Oh My Love"...



"Just Like Heaven" (The Cure cover)...



"Surrogate Valentine"...



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May 17, 2012

{Virginia}

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Written and directed by Dustin Lance Black, Virginia stars Jennifer Connelly as a single mother who struggles to raise her, while dreaming of escaping her small town. Her long time affair with the very married, Mormon Sheriff Richard Tipton (Ed Harris) is thrown into question when he decides to run for public office.

Look for the film in select theaters May 18th.

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{Moonrise Kingdom}

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Four featurettes were released yestrday for Wes Anderson's forthcoming film Moonrise Kingdom (to release Memorial Day weekend). The featurettes focus on the characters played by Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Bruce Willis and one for Wes Anderson.

The film also stars: Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward. Set on an island off the coast of New England in the 1960s, Moonrise Kingdom follows a young boy and girl falling in love. When they are moved to run away together, various factions of the town mobilize to search for them and the town is turned upside down.

View the four featurettes below...









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{The Amazing Spiderman}

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The Amazing Spider-Man is set to drop June 28th. Today a four minute trailer was released!

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{Le Skylab}

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One of my personal favorite films I got to screen at the Newport Beach Film Festival was July Delpy's French dramedy Le Skylab.
The film is set in 1979. Albertine is 10 years old and all her relatives have gathered in the family house in Bretagne for their grandmother's birthday. Some believe the Sky Lab, a piece of a NASA rocket, will fall on their head that summer. This reunion turns out to be a crazy week-end of revelations, love and singing.

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{Sunset Strip}

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One of the most exciting documentaries I caught at the Newport Beach Film Festival was Sunset Strip.
The documentary follows the history of the mile-and-a-half strip of road in Los Angeles where dreams are started, chased, loved, hated, displayed, ignored, ended, or all of the above. The film features Sofia Coppola, Johnny Depp, Mickey Rourke, Keanu Reeves, Dita Von Teese, Peter Fonda and many more.

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April 25, 2012

{I Want My Name Back}

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Here's another film I'm looking forward to seeing at the Newport Beach Film Festival.
25 years after the historic recording of the iconic mega-hit "Rapper's Delight," former original members of The Sugarhill Gang, Master Gee & Wonder Mike, come back to reclaim their identities and rightful place in hip-hop history.

This documentary will screen at the Newport Beach FIlm Festival on Saturday April 28th at 8:30pm at Triangle Square

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{Being Cafe Tacuba}

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Here's another film I'm looking forward to seeing at the Newport Beach Film Festival.
I'm excited to see the documentary about pioneers of Latin alternative Café Tacuba called Seguir Siendo or Being Cafe Tacuba. So far, the film has received endless praise, and is directed by two promising directors Ernesto Contreras and Juan Manuel Craviotto.

This film will screen at the Newport Beach FIlm Festival on Saturday April 28th at 7:15pm at Islands Cinema 2

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{The Women in the Fifth}

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Here's another film I'm looking forward to seeing at the Newport Beach Film Festival.
In this film American writer Tom Ricks comes to Paris desperate to put his life together again and win back the love of his estranged wife and daughter. When things don't go according to plan, he ends up in a shady hotel in the suburbs, having to work as a night guard to make ends meet. Then Margit, a beautiful, mysterious stranger walks into his life and things start looking up. This stars Ethan Hawke and Kristin Scott Thomas.

This film will screen at the Newport Beach FIlm Festival on Saturday April 28th at 6:00 PM at Triangle Square 6

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{Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy}

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Here's another film I'm looking forward to seeing at the Newport Beach Film Festival.
Ecstasy is a dark romantic comedy, based on the controversial book Ecstasy by Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting).

This film will screen at the Newport Beach FIlm Festival on Friday April 27th at 6:15 PM at Edwards Island Cinemas

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{The Giant Mechanical Man}

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Here's another film I'm looking forward to seeing at the Newport Beach Film Festival.
Directed by Lee Kirk this is an offbeat romantic comedy about a silver-painted street performer and the soft spoken zoo worker who falls for him.

This film will screen at the Newport Beach FIlm Festival on Friday April 27th at 6:15 PM at Edwards Island Cinemas

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{My Way}

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Here's another film I'm looking forward to seeing at the Newport Beach Film Festival.
My Way is a war film by Kang Je-gyu which and stars Jang Dong-gun along with Japanese actor Joe Odagiri and Chinese actress Fan Bingbing. Set in colonial era Seoul, 1938, two young men have had a strong sense of rivalry since they were young. Joon-sik is a Korean man who dreams of following in the footsteps of Olympic marathon gold medal winner Sohn Kee-chung. Tatsuo is a top Japanese marathon runner and lived with Joon-sik as his family worked for Tatsuo's as servants. They grew up as rivals representing their respective countries.
One day, Joon-sik falls into trouble and is conscripted into the Japanese army. One year later, Joon-sik faces Tatsuo who is now a captain for the Japanese Imperial Army. The two young men are now caught in World War II and go through countless battles starting from Nomonhan, stretching from China, the Soviet Union and Germany, while inspiring hope in each other.

This film will screen at the Newport Beach FIlm Festival on Monday Apr 30th 7:15pm at Big Newport 6

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{The Tree}

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Here's another film I'm looking forward to seeing at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Charlotte Gainsbourg stars in Julie Bertuccelli's mystical drama of loss and rebirth in the Australian countryside.

This film will screen at the Newport Beach FIlm Festival on both Tuesday May 3rd at 7:30 pm and May 5th at 3:00 pm.

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{Heleno}

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Here's another film I'm looking forward to seeing at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Rodrigo Santoro stars as "40s Brazilian soccer superstar Heleno de Freitas. The biopic also stars up and comer Alinne Moraes who plays Silvia, Heleno’s estranged wife who stands by her man. Angie Cepeda plays Diamantina, a nightclub singer with whom the soccer star has an ongoing and passionate affair.

This film will screen at the Newport Beach FIlm Festival on Wednesday May 2nd (7:45pm) at Newport 4

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{The Eyes of Thailand}

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The Eyes of Thailand is a heart warming documentary (narrated by Ashley Judd) about Soraida Salwala, a woman who dedicated ten years of her life to help give two Asian elephants a second chance to walk again after losing their legs from stepping on landmines.

The documentary will screen as an official selection of the Newport Beach FIlm Festival on Saturday, April 28th (6:30pm) at Triangle Square Cinemas. There will also be a second screening on Tuesday, May 1st at 6:00pm.

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{Take this Waltz}

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This dramedy from Sarah Polly stars Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Sarah Silverman, and Luke Kirby. Look for it in select theaters May 25th.


Synopsis: When Margot (Michelle Williams), 28, meets Daniel (Luke Kirby), their chemistry is intense and immediate. But Margot suppresses her sudden attraction; she is happily married to Lou (Seth Rogen), a cookbook writer. When she learns that Daniel lives across the street from them, the certainty about her domestic life shatters. She and Daniel steal moments throughout the steaming Toronto summer, their eroticism heightened by their restraint. Take this Waltz leads us through the familiar, but uncharted question of what long-term relationships do to love, sex, and our images of ourselves.

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April 04, 2012

{The House}

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This psycho-thriller from Canadian Writer/Director Desiree Lim is a different kind of ghost story about a woman that just quit her coveted job as an investment banker on Wall Street. After a soul-searching journey traveling around the world, she retreats to an empty vacation home owned by a friend's rich family.

The film is currently making it's way around festivals. It will screen during the Newport Beach Film Festival on April 30th (8:30pm) at Triangle Square 5.

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THE HOUSE - a feature film - trailer from The House on Vimeo.



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{Newport Beach Film Festival}

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Just a reminder The Newport Beach Film Festival will be showcasing more than 400 films from 50 countries from April 26th through May 3rd.
Jewtopia makes it's world premiere as it opens the festival. This one stars: Jon Lovitz, Rachel G. Fox, Rita Wilson, Joel David Moore, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Camryn Manheim and Tom Arnold.

For a complete look at the schedule visit Newport Beach Film Festival

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March 28, 2012

{Jesus Henry Christ}

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In this film Henry James Herman is a boy-genius petri dish child who embarks on a search for his biological father. The film stars Toni Collette an Michael Sheen.

Look for the film in select theaters on May 25th.

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{Chernobyl Diaries}

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Chernobyl Diaries is an original story from Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity). The film follows a group of six young tourists on an "extreme tour" into the city of Pripyat, the former home to the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, which is a deserted town since the disaster more than 25 years ago. Naturally, the group finds themselves stranded and then the real scares begin.

Look for the film in select theaters on May 25th.

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{4:44 Last Day on Earth}

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In Abel Ferrara's sci-fi drama at 4:44 am the world will come to an end. Some hope for a miracle, but not our two lovers. They, like the majority of the Earth's population have accepted their fate: the world is going to end.

Look for the film in select theaters on March 23rd.

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{Hit So Hard}

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Hit So Hard follows the rise to fame (and the near-fatal fall from it) of Patty Schemel, drummer for Courtney Love's rock band, Hole. Given a Hi-8 video camera just before Hole's infamous Live Through This world tour, Patty captured intimate footage of the grunge scene. The documentary features members of Nirvana, Faith no More, Veruca Salt, Luscious Jackson, The Go-Go's, Hole, and The Bangles.

Look for the film in select theaters on April 13th.

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March 08, 2012

{Good For Nothing}

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This is Mike Wallis' directorial debut, inspired by the Spaghetti Westerns.

Look for the film in select theaters on March 9th.

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{Attenberg}

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Part of the new wave of Greek cinema, this is an offbeat coming-of-age film. 23-year-old Marina is living in a small town by the sea where her once-visionary architect father, has returned to die.

Look for the film in select theaters on March 9th.

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{The Deep Blue Sea}

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This romantic drama from Terence Davies (starring Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston) about the wife of a British Judge who is caught in a self-destructive love affair with a Royal Air Force pilot.

Look for the film in select theaters on March 23rd.

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February 16, 2012

{The Snowtown Murders}

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Based on the true story of serial killer John Bunting, this is Justin Kurzel's directorial debut. I thought this film was officially released and even included it on my Favorite Films of '11 list. I was sent a screener copy of this film and it was like no other film I've ever seen. It's brutal and violent, and will likely make you uncomfortable the way certain scenes in American History X did.

Look for the film in select theaters on March 2nd.

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{Sound Of My Voice}

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This mysterious drama is about a couple trying to infiltrate a cult that meets in the San Fernando valley.

Look for the film in select theaters on April 27th.

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{Brake}

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This thriller stars Stephen Dorff as a Secret Service agent who wakes to find himself trapped in the trunk of a moving car.

Look for the film in select theaters on March 23rd.

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January 25, 2012

{I Am Bruce Lee}

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This documentary explores the life and sudden death of Bruce Lee, one of the most iconic human beings ever to enter the public consciousness. The film features interviews with Kobe Bryant, Mickey Rourke, Ed O'Neill, Manny Pacquiao, and more.

Look for this film in select theaters February 9th.

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{We Need To Talk About Kevin}

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This psychological thriller was released in select theaters back in December, and despite nominations is still only playing in select theaters. The film is about a mother, Eva (Tilda Swinton), as she contends for 15 years with the increasing malevolence of her first-born child, Kevin (Ezra Miller).

This film is currently screening in select theaters.

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{The City Dark}

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This documentary follows filmmaker (and amateur astronomer) Ian Cheney, who moves to New York City from Maine and discovers an urban sky almost completely devoid of stars. Posing a deceptively simple question-"What do we lose, when we lose the night?"

This film is currently screening in select theaters.

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January 03, 2012

{Favorite Films of 2011}

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The Tree of Life

Terrence Malick envisions the origin of the universe and ponders some of life's deepest questions. It has it's flaws, but it's strengths far outweigh them if you buy into his vision.
View the trailer here.

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The Debt

This underrated film is told in flashbacks about a covert mission three agents undertook and the personal cost it played in their lives.
View the trailer here.

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Beginners

This film is about about love and family, more specifically about a son and his dying gay father.
View the trailer here.

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Waiting For Superman

Davis Guggenheim's documentary on the plight of America's public school system is altogether poignant, engaging, and enraging.
View the trailer here.

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The Skin I Live In

Pedro Almodóvar's latest is a thriller about an obsessive plastic surgeon that keeps a beautiful young woman imprisoned in his home using her as a guinea pig.
View the trailer here.

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The Trip

Michael Winterbottom's latest film follows Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon (loosely playing themselves) as they travel to fine restaurants in northern England, philosophizing and bickering along the way. Music peeps will love the scene where Coogan sets up Joy Division's "Atmosphere" for a drive through the countryside and food peeps will love the scenes at (Michelin star rated) L'Enclume.
View the trailer here.

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Hanna

Fairy-tale qualities are in abundance in this first rate thriller about a teenage assassin.
View the trailer here.

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Midnight in Paris

Woody Allen's latest features Owen Wilson rubbing shoulders with famous dead writers, painters, etc. of Paris' past.
View the trailer here

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13 Assassins

Takashi Miike's samurai tale of love, revenge and liberation features one of the best (and longest) battle scenes I can recall.
View the trailer here.

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Win Win

In this film Paul Giamatti moonlights as a high school wrestling coach who stumbles across a troubled teen that has natural talent for wrestling, only for things to get complicated.
View the trailer here.

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I Saw The Devil

This violent revenge thriller is both disturbing and engaging. Not for the faint of heart
View the traier here.

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Bridesmaids

It's witty, it's crude, and it's arguably one of the funniest films of the year.
View the trailer here.

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Submarine

Richard Ayoade's (of the IT Crowd) debut feature is a coming of age story about love and family drama.
View the trailer here.

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Beats, Rhymes, and Life

Michael Rapaport's documentary about influential hip-hop group, A Tribe Called Quest, plays like one of the best Behind The Music episodes.
View the trailer here.

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Bill Cunningham New York

Richard Press's documentary follows New York Times “On the Street” fashion photographer Bill Cunningham, but really it's about the man behind the camera. I really can't say enough good things about this.
View the trailer here.

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13

This remake of 2005 French shocker 13 Tzameti was directed by original director Géla Babluani. This film is about an intense game of Russian roulette.
View the trailer here.

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Drive

Ryan Gosling stars as a wheelman for hire, stunt driving for movie productions by day and steering getaway vehicles by night.
View the trailer here.

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X-Men: First Class

This reboot/prequel of the x-men comic book franchise did a great job on building the storyline of how it all started.
View the trailer here.

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The Ides of March

I've never been one for political dramas, but this is an excellent film about what goes on behind the scenes in the world of politicians.
View the trailer here.

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La Casa Muda (The Silent House)

This Uruguayan horror film is based on a true story and was shot in just one take.
View the trailer here.

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50/50

This is a dramedy about a young man with cancer.
View the trailer here.

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Armadillo

This Danish documentary follows troops in Afghanistan into a firefight and its aftermath.
View the trailer here.

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This romantic comedy was written and directed by How I Met Your Mother's Josh Radnor
View the trailer here.

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The Future

Miranda July's art-house film is a whimsical tale of lovers in Los Angeles.
View the trailer here.

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The Inerrupters

This documentary is a study of a community crushed by deprivation and violence.
View the trailer here.

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Uncle Boonmee Remembers His Former Lives

This is a slow moving mystical drama from Thailand, about a man that chooses to spend his final days surrounded by his loved ones in the countryside.
View the trailer here.

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Tuesday, After Christmas

This Romanian drama is about the fallout from one man's infidelity.
View the trailer here.

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Le Quatrro Volte

This slow-moving film contains no dialogue, no music, no narration and almost no camera movement. It is about an elderly goat herder in rural Italy.
View the trailer here.

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Poetry

This Korean film is about a woman finding purpose in a poetry class after being diagnosed with a medical condition and the discovery of a heinous family crime.
View the trailer here.

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Viva Riva!

This is a Congolese gangster flick, heavy on the sex and violence.

View the trailer here.

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Contagion

This film follows the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus that kills within days.
View the trailer here.

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Crazy Stupid Love

This is a romantic comedy about relationships and overcoming obstacles.
View the trailer here.

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Captain America

This comic book adaption relies on its story over its special effects.
View the trailer here.

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The Names of Love

Never mind for a moment that the lead actress is drop dead gorgeous and nearly naked throughout the film. This quirky French dramedy is sure to win over anyone who enjoyed Amelie.
View the trailer here.

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Rampart

It's Los Angeles, 1999 and Woody Harrelson plays a dirty cop in the Rampart Precinct.
View the trailer here.

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A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas

I've got a soft spot for Harold & Kumar films. As long as they keep making these funny stoner movies, I'll likely keep watching 'em.
View the trailer here

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Snowtown

This is a true story of an infamous Australian serial killer. It will likely make you feel uncomfortable, but it is interesting nonetheless.
View the trailer here

As of yet, I haven't seen these films, but am looking forward to watching...

The Artist
Shame
Hugo
Meloncholia
Martha Marcy May Marlene
Attack The Block
Meek's Cutoff
Another Year
The Human Resources Manager
Certified Copy
Nora's Will
Of God's and Men
A Somewhat Gentle Man
La Doppia Ora
Bellflower
Girl with A Dragon Tattoo (remake)
Young Adult
My Week with Marilyn

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December 07, 2011

{Jiro Dreams of Sushi}

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This is the story of 85 year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious 3 star Michelin review, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimage, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro’s sushi bar.

For most of his life, Jiro has been mastering the art of making sushi, but even at his age he sees himself still striving for perfection, working from sunrise to well beyond sunset to taste every piece of fish; meticulously train his employees; and carefully mold and finesse the impeccable presentation of each sushi creation. At the heart of this story is Jiro’s relationship with his eldest son Yoshikazu, the worthy heir to Jiro’s legacy, who is unable to live up to his full potential in his father’s shadow.

Look for the film in select theaters March 9th.

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{The Lady}

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The Lady is a biopic about political dissident and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi (Michelle Yeoh) of Myanmar.

The film is currently screening at film festivals.

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{Footsteps}

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This is a story about a young woman (Sybil Temtchine) that wakes up on Hollywood Boulevard at dawn on the handprints and footprints of the famed Grauman's Chinese Theatre with no idea who she or how she got there.

Look for the film in select theaters December 16th.

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December 06, 2011

{Albatross}

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Niall MacCormick's debut feature pitches wild-child Emelia (Jessica Brown Findlay) into the Fischer family, where her influence on daughter (Felicity Jones) and dad (Sebastian Koch) threatens to tip their peaceful, but dysfunctional life.

Look for the film in select theaters January 2nd.

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December 01, 2011

{Declaration of War}

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France's Official Entry for Best Foreign Language Film for the Academy Awards is based on extraordinary real-life events experienced by filmmaker Valerie Donzelli and co-star/writer Jeremie Elkaim. The film tells the story of a young couple suddenly dragged from their carefree existence by an unexpected twist of fate.

Look for the film in select theaters January 27th.

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{Roadie}

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Canned from a 20-year job as roadie for Blue Oyster Cult, Jimmy is broke and desperate. With nowhere else to go, he returns home to Forest Hills, Queens to visit his aging mother, where a wild night with some hard-partying high school friends shows him that some things never change. From director Michael Cuesta, Roadie features powerful performances from Ron Eldard, Bobby Cannavale, Jill Hennessy and a 70s hard rock soundtrack.

Look for the film in select theaters January 6th.

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November 09, 2011

{Eames: The Architect and the Painter}

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The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames are widely regarded as America's most important designers. Remembered best for their mid-century plywood and fiberglass furniture, the Eames Office also created a mind-bending variety of other products, from splints for wounded military during World War II, to photography, interiors, multi-media exhibits, graphics, games, films and toys. Narrated by James Franco, Eames: The Architect and the Painter is the first film dedicated to these creative geniuses and their work.

Look for the film in select theaters November 18th.

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{My Week With Marilyn}

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In the early summer of 1956, 23 year old Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne), just down from Oxford and determined to make his way in the film business, worked as a lowly assistant on the set of 'The Prince and the Showgirl'. The film that famously united Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) and Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams), who was also on honeymoon with her new husband, playwright Aurthur Miller (Dougray Scott). Nearly 40 years on, his diary account The Prince, the Showgirl and Me was published, but one week was missing and this was published some years later as My Week with Marilyn - this is the story of that week.

Look for the film in select theaters November 23rd.

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{Inni}

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Inni focusses on the band's performance at Alexandra Palace over two nights, which is artfully captured by French-Canadian director Vincent Morisset (Arcade Fire's Miroir Noir).

The film is currently screening in select theaters.

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{Painted Love}

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Check out French electronic duo Air’s new video for Cartier titled Painted Love. (become a fan on facebook to view)

Watch the video here

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October 24, 2011

{Sidewalls}

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Sidewalls is a romantic comedy from director Gustavo Taretto. The film is a clever and moving ode to the modern people and urban landscape of Buenos Aires.

Look for the film in select theaters October 28th.

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{Rid of Me}

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From writer/director James Westby (Film Geek, The Auteur) comes Rid of Me, a black comedy that follows Meris, an awkward young woman trying too hard to perfect her marriage, amongst a new group of friends.

Look for the film in select theaters November 18th.

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{I Melt With You}

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I Melt With You is a film about old college friends that gather for a week in Big Sur to celebrate their friendship and catch-up on each other's lives. They talk about their careers, families, and enormous responsibilities, but there is a lot more going on beneath the surface.

Look for the film in select theaters December 9th.

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September 27, 2011

{Outrage}

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Outrage is the latest film, directed by and starring Takeshi Kitano, about the power of several yakuza clans in the Japanese underworld.

Look for the film in select theaters December 2nd.

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{The Lie}

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The Lie is about a young couple that have an unplanned baby, and a lie that spirals out of control. The film is base on the story by T.C. Boyle.

Look for the film in select theaters November 18th.

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{American Teacher}

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This documentary is about America's underpaid and overworked teachers. This is from filmmaker Vanessa Roth and produced by Dave Eggers (best-selling author) and Ninive Calegari (of the literacy non-profit 826 National), so I'm betting some folks will watch it just because their names are attached to the project.

Look for the film in select theaters September 30th.

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September 15, 2011

{13}

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13 is a remake of the 2005 French film 13 Tzameti. It’s directed and written by Géla Babluani, who directed and wrote the original film. A naive young man assumes a dead man’s identity and finds himself embroiled in an underground world of power, violence, and chance where men gamble behind closed doors on the lives of other men. The remake stars Jason Statham, Alexander Skarsgard, 50 Cent and Mickey Rourke.

Look for the film in select theaters October 28th.

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{Best Exotic Marigold Hotel}

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John Madden (Shakespeare in Love) directs Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy and Dev Patel in this dramatic comedy that follows a group of British retirees who decide to “outsource” their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India.

Look for the film in select theaters March 9th.

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September 08, 2011

{Connected}

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Connected is a eye-opening documentary from Tiffany Shlain, which takes audiences on a rollercoaster ride to discover what it means to be connected in the 21st century.

Look for the film in select theaters September 16th.

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September 07, 2011

{Happy, Happy}

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This dramedy by Anne Sewitsky is about a perfect couple that move in next door and open the neighbor girl to a whole new world, with consequences for everyone involved. This one won the World Cinema Jury Award at The Sundance!

Look for the film in select theaters September 16th.

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{Martha Marcy May Marlene}

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Martha Marcy May Marlene stars Elizabeth Olsen as Martha, a damaged woman haunted by painful memories while trying to reassimilate with her family after fleeing a cult. The film also stars John Hawkes.

Look for the film in select theaters October 21st.

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{The Skin I Live In}

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A full length trailer for Pedro Almodovar's The Skin I Live In (La Piel Que Habito) has finally surfaced. The film is the story of a plastic surgeon interested in creating a new skin for his wife, who was burned in a car crash.

Look for the film in select theaters October 14th. .

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{Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow}

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Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow is a unique documentary about artist Anselm Kiefer by Sophie Fiennes

Look for the film in select theaters October 15th. .

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August 10, 2011

{The Interrupters}

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The film tells the moving story of three Violence Interrupters in Chicago who with bravado, humility and even humor try to protect their communities from the violence they once employed.

This film is currently screening in select theaters

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{Bunraku}

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Kind of on the fence on this one, I'll let you be the judge. The world of Bunraku is past and present, shadow-play fantasy, Samurai and Western all combined. The film stars Josh Hartnett, Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson, Ron Perlman, and Kevin McKidd.

Look for the film in select theaters September 2nd.

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{I'm Glad My Mother is Alive}

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I'm Glad My Mother is Alive (Je Suis Heureux Que Ma Mère Soit Vivante) is a French film about a boy looking for his biological mother.

Look for the film in select theaters September 2nd.

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{Like Crazy}

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Like Crazy is a tragic tale of young love. The film stars Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones.

Look for the film in select theaters October 28th.

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{Anita}

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Anita is the story of a young woman with Down syndrome meticulously cared for by her mother in Buenos Aires. One tragic morning in 1994, everything changes when Anita is left alone, confused and helpless after the nearby Argentine Israelite Mutual Association is bombed.

Anita is currently screening in select theaters.

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{Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life}

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Joann Sfar (comic book artist) delivers a biography of French singer Serge Gainsbourg (Eric Elmosnino). The film follows him from his childhood in Nazi-occupied Paris, his transition from painter to jazz musician to pop superstar, as well as his many relationships.

Look for the film in select theaters August 31st.

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July 27, 2011

{Rebirth}

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Rebirth is a moving documentary that follows the nearly ten-year transformation of five people whose lives were forever altered on September 11, 2001 .

Look for the film in select theaters August 26th.

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{The Future}

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The Future is a quirky story about a thirty-something couple who adopt a stray cat, and begin testing their faith in each other and themselves.

Look for the film in select theaters July 29th.

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{Love Crime}

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Love Crime is a thriller from Alain Corneau about office politics played out by two ruthless executives. Starring (Kristin Scott Thomas and Ludivigne Sagnier.

Look for the film in select theaters September 2nd.

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{Haywire}

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This action-thriller directed by Steven Soderbergh features a cast that includes: Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton, Michael Douglas, Michael Angarano, and mixed martial arts superstar Gina Carano.

Look for the film in select theaters January 20th 2012.

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{The Last Circus}

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From Alex de la Iglesia comes a twisted tale of love, revenge, and psychopathic clowns set in the midst of the Spanish Civil War.

Look for the film in select theaters August 19th.

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July 18, 2011

{Contagion}

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Steven Soderbergh's next thriller Contagion is about a virus outbreak that is spreading worldwide. The film also has a fine cast: Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Marion Cotillard, Bryan Cranston, Jude Law, and John Hawkes.

Look for the film in select theaters September 9th.

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{Higher Ground}

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This is Vera Formiga's directorial debut, in which she also plays the main character Corrine, a devoted Christian woman who has a lifelong struggle with her faith.

Look for the film in select theaters August 26th.

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{Amigo}

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Amigo is the story of a village caught in the murderous crossfire of the Philippine-American War.

Look for the film in select theaters August 19th.

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July 07, 2011

{Restless}

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Sony Pictures Classics has just debuted a new theatrical trailer for Gus Van Sant's Restless. The quirky indie drama stars Mia Wasikowska and Henry Hopper.

Look for the film in select theaters January 28th.

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{Tabloid}

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Errol Morris' documentary Tabloid follows Joyce McKinney, a former "beauty queen" whose single-minded devotion to the man of her dreams leads her across the globe and directly onto the front pages of the British tabloid newspapers.

Look for the film in select theaters July 15th.

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{Special Treatment}

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This French film is about a high class prostitute (Isabelle Huppert) and an eminent psychoanalyst who discover that they share many things in common.

Look for the film in select theaters August 26th.

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July 06, 2011

{Beats Rhymes & Life}

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Beats Rhymes & Life is a documentary directed by Michael Rapaport about one of the most influential and groundbreaking musical groups in hip-hop history. A fan himself, Rapaport sets out on tour with A Tribe Called Quest in 2008, when they reunited to perform sold-out concerts across the country, almost ten years after the release of their last album, The Love Movement. As he travels with the band members (Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White), Rapaport captures the story of how tenuous their relationship has become; how their personal differences and unresolved conflicts continue to be a threat to their creative cohesion. When mounting tensions erupt backstage during a show in San Francisco, we get a behind-the-scenes look at their journey and contributions as a band and what currently is at stake for these long-time friends and collaborators.

Look for the film in select theaters in NY and LA on July 8th.

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{Septien}

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Eighteen years after disappearing without a trace, Cornelius Rawlings returns to his family's farm. While his parents are long deceased, Cornelius's brothers Ezra and Amos continue to live in isolation on this old, forgotten land. It takes a mysterious drifter to smother the Rawlings Brothers' demons once and for all.

Look for the film in select theaters July 6th.

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{Girlfriend}

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Girlfriend tells the story of a young man with Down Syndrome who unexpectedly comes into a large amount of money and uses it to romantically pursue the girl he has always loved.

Look for the film in select theaters July 21st.

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June 02, 2011

{Telekinesis}

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I mentioned this one a few months back, but I'm rediscovering how infectious it is.

Seattle's Telekinesis' new album 12 Desperate Straight Lines is twelve pop songs about heartache, anger, and a shred of hopefulness.

Here's a standout...


Telekinesis - You turn clear in the sun by dodmagazine

Here's another standout...



Stream (and order) the album right here

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May 25, 2011

{Kidnapped}

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From director Miguel Angel Vivas comes a horror film for mature audiences.

Look for the film in select theaters June 2nd.

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{Empire of SIlver}

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China, 1899. A young man must assume the role of heir to a banking empire he cares little about. Following the tragic kidnapping of his brother’s wife, he (Aaron Kwok) reluctantly submits to pressure from his overbearing father.

Look for the film in select theaters June 2nd.

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{Film Socialisme}

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Legendary director Jean-Luc Godard returns to the screen with Film Socialisme, a magisterial essay on the decline of European Civilization.

Look for the film in select theaters June 3rd.

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{Conan O'Brien Can't Stop}

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After a much-publicized departure from theTonight Show, O'Brien hit the road with a music-and-comedy show titled the "Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour" to exercise his performing chops and exorcise a few demons.

Look for the film in select theaters June 24th.

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May 19, 2011

{City of Life and Death}

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Synopsis: 1937, at the height of the Second Sino-Japanese War. The Imperial Japanese Army has just captured the then-capital of the Republic of China, Nanjing. What followed was known as the Nanking Massacre, or the Rape of Nanking, a period of several weeks wherein tens of thousands of Chinese soldiers and civilians were killed. The film tells the story of several figures, both historical and fictional, including a Chinese soldier, a schoolteacher, a Japanese soldier, a foreign missionary, and John Rabe, a Nazi businessman who would ultimately save thousands of Chinese civilians.

Look for the film in select theaters May 27th.

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{Hello Lonesome}

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Adam Reid's Hello Lonesome follows three ordinary people, charms and flaws, as they try to be their best.

Look for the film in select theaters May 27th.

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{The Art of Getting By}

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In this film lonely boy (Freddie Highmore) meets popular-but-dissatisfied girl (Emma Roberts) creating an unlikely friendship.

Look for the film in select theaters June 17th.

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{One Day}

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Now for something a little sappy. This romantic comedy follows two people (Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess) over two decades, as key moments of their relationship are experienced over several July 15ths in their lives.

Look for the film in select theaters August 19th.

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May 18, 2011

{Conception}

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Conception is a romantic comedy that follows nine couples in different stages of their relationships.

Conception is currently being screened at various film festivals.

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{The Cinema Holdup}

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Mexican film The Cinema Holdup (in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at Sundance) tracks a group of Mexican youth unhappy with their social situation that decide to rob a movie theater.

No US release date yet, but we'll keep you posted.

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{I Am You}

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Guy Pearce, Sam Neill and Miranda Otto star in this tale of a 15-year-old Australian girl who went missing (based on a true story).

Look for the film in select theaters February 11th.

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{Octubre}

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October is the "purple month" in Lima, when the grey city's somber tones give way to processions celebrating the Lord of Miracles. Hope is reborn among the throngs of devotees who light candles and follow the processions, each in search of their own miracle. In one of the Lima's modest flats lives a small time loan shark Clemente, who returns home one day to find a newborn on his doorstep.

The film is currently screening in select theaters.

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April 25, 2011

{Newport Beach Film Festival}

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Hey locals, just a reminder that the Newport Beach FIlm Festival is going on this coming week (April 28 through May 5th). There will be a Latino showcase and an Asian showcase, as well as films from Sweden, Italy, France, Australia, Ireland.

I will be on holiday, but I will be sending a correspondent and will fill you in on some of the festival highlights when I am back at my desk!

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April 17, 2011

{La Casa Muda}

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IFC have cut a new US trailer for Gustavo Hernandez single shot horror film La Casa Mud, leading up to the local release.

We'll let you know when the release date drops.

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April 14, 2011

{Homeland}

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Showtime ordered up 12 episodes of a new series called Homeland.

The thriller stars Claire Danes as CIA agent Carrie Anderson, who begins to suspect that the recent rescue of longtime POW Scott Brody (Damian Lewis) is actually one piece in a larger terrorist plot.

Two 24 exec producers are onboard (Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon), as well as Gideon Raff, exec producer of Israeli series Prisoners of War.

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{Sleeping Beauty}

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Australian filmmaker Julia Leigh directs this haunting erotic fairytale about Lucy (Emily Browning), a University student drawn into a mysterious hidden world of beauty and desire with prostitution.

No release date yet, but we'll keep you posted.

View the trailer right here...

Sleeping Beauty from Pollen Digital on Vimeo.



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{Melancholia}

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Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland, John Hurt and Charlotte Gainsbourg star in this drama about a mysterious planet moving towards earth an the domestic drama playing out around it.

No release date yet, but we'll keep you posted.

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Melancholia from Zentropa on Vimeo.



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April 11, 2011

{Conception}

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Conception is a romantic comedy that follows nine couples in different stages of their relationships. The movie's cast includes Pamela Adlon, David Arquette, Aaron Ashmore, Moon Bloodgood, Julie Bowen, Connie Britton, Jennifer Finnigan, Tim Griffin, Steve Howey, Sarah Hyland, Jennifer Jostyn, Leila Charles Leigh, Jason Mantzoukas, America Olivo, Leah Pipes, Matt Prokop, Jonathan Silverman, Gregory Smith and Alan Tudyk. I just received word that the film will be screening Friday April 29th and Thursday May 5th at Newport Beach Film Festival

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April 07, 2011

{Hesher}

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Hesher is the story of a twenty-something (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) that unexpectedly enters the life of a grieving family. The film also stars Rainn Wilson.

Look for this film in select theaters May 13th.

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{The Imperialists Are Still Alive!}

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Zeina Durra’s debut feature is an intelligent look at the way the war on terror seeps into the texture of everyday American life.

Look for this film in select theaters April 15th.

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{Life Above All}

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This South African film was Shortlisted for Best Foreign Language Film for the Academy Awards, and from the looks of the trailer I can see why. The film is about a rumor that spreads trough a dust-ridden village near Johannesburg and destroys a family and forces her mother to flee.

Look for this film in select theaters July 15th.

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{Midnight in Paris}

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Woody Allen's next film stars Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Marion Cotillard, and Rachel McAdams. The dramedy is about a family travelling through Paris (with some amazing scenic shots).

Look for this film in select theaters May 20th.

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March 29, 2011

{13 Assassins}

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Takashi Miike directs the ultra-violent film 13 Assassins, a remake of Eiichi Kudo’s 1963 black-and-white Japanese film of the same name. The story focuses on a group of unemployed samurai who are enlisted to bring down a sadistic lord and prevent him from ascending to the throne and plunging the country into a wartorn future.

Look for this film in select theaters April 29th.

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{True Legend}

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Optimum Releasing recently debuted the official US trailer for kung fu master Yuen Woo-Ping's (responsible for those killer action sequences in The Matrix, Kill Bill) newest martial arts epic True Legend. The film stars Man Cheuk Chiu, Xun Zhou,Michelle Yeoh and David Carradine in his last role.

Look for this film in select theaters March 13th.

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March 24, 2011

{Le Quattro Volte}

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Le Quattro Volte (The Four Times) is Michelangelo Frammartino's philosophically minded four-part docu-essay is an ode to the belief that animal, vegetable and mineral are ultimately one.

Look for this film in select theaters March 30th.

View the trailer right here

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{Miral}

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From Julian Schnabel (director of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Before Night Falls, Basquiat) comes Miral, the story of four women whose lives intertwine in search for justice amid conflict.

Look for this film in select theaters March 25th.

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{Beautiful Boy}

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Beautiful Boy is a somber film about a married couple (Michael Sheen and Maria Bello) trying to find some hint of an explanation after finding out that their only son committed a mass shooting at his university before taking his own life.

Look for this film in select theaters this June.

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March 15, 2011

{Cave of Forgotten Dreams}}

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Cave of Forgotten Dreams is a documentary from Werner Herzog (Encounters at the End of the World, Grizzly Man). The film follows Herzog’s exclusive expedition into the highly guarded Chauvet Cave in France, home of the most ancient and inaccessible pictorial artwork known to have been created by man.

Look for this film in select theaters April 29th.

View the trailer here or right here...



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{American: The Bill Hicks Story}

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Known as an outlaw comic, Bill Hicks (one of my all time favorite comics) spent his life touring the world performing his act, whilst at the same time trying to deliver a message. He unfortunately succumbed to cancer at the early age of 32, just as his popularity was soaring. This documentary attempts to show us the man behind the message.

The documentary combines live action with an animation technique manipulating 1,000s of photographs to uniquely immerse the audiences in his world, which is re-told from the point-of-view of the people who shared it with him.

Look for this film in select theaters April 8th.

View the official redband trailer here or right here...



Here's a couple of his finest moments (Warning these contain foul language)...





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March 03, 2011

{Attack the Block}

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Written by Joe Cornish (The Adam & Joe Show) and the producers of Shaun of the Dead. Attack The Block is a British comedy/ action adventure movie that pits a teen gang against an invasion of savage alien monsters.

There is no US distributer for this film as of yet, but when we know more so will you.

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{Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives}

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Synopsis: Suffering from acute kidney failure, Uncle Boonmee has chosen to spend his final days surrounded by his loved ones in the countryside. Surprisingly, the ghost of his deceased wife appears to care for him, and his long lost son returns home in a non-human form. (This film won the palme d'or at Cannes)

This film is currently playing in select theaters.

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{Meek's Cutoff}

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Here's the synopsis: The year is 1845, the earliest days of the Oregon Trail, and a wagon team of three families has hired the mountain man Stephen Meek to guide them over the Cascade Mountains. Claiming to know a short cut, Meek leads the group on an unmarked path across the high plain desert, only to become lost in the dry rock and sage. Over the coming days, the emigrants must face the scourges of hunger, thirst and their own lack of faith in each other's instincts for survival. When a Native American wanderer crosses their path, the emigrants are torn between their trust in a guide who has proven himself unreliable and a man who has always been seen as the natural enemy.

The film is directed by Kelly Reichardt (Wendy and Lucy, Old Joy) and stars Michelle Williams.

Look for this film in select theaters April 8th.

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February 24, 2011

{Zero Bridge}

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Zero Bridge tells the story of a teen pickpocket and about daily life in Kashmir. This is the first dramatic narrative feature film about contemporary daily life in the Indian-controlled city of Srinagar, Kashmir. It was filmed entirely on location with a local cast of first-time, non-professional actors performing in their native Kashmiri language. This film is nominated for The Spirit Awards John Cassavetes Award.

Look for this film in select theaters February 16th.

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{Surrogate Valentine}

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This film stars San Francisco musician Goh Nakamura (playing himself), whose life of solitude is disrupted when he is hired to teach TV actor Danny Turner (Chadd Stoops) how to play guitar for an upcoming film.

Look for this film in select theaters March 11th.

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Here's the single "Surrogate Valentine"...



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[I Saw The Devil}

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I got a new Red Band trailer for Ji-woon Kim’s serial killer thriller I Saw the Devil. The film is about a secret agent that tracks a serial killer who murdered his fiancée.

Look for this film in select theaters March 5th.

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{Last Night}

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This film follows the story of a married couple, apart for a night while the husband takes a business trip with a colleague to whom he's attracted. While he's resisting temptation, his wife encounters her past love. The film stars Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, and Eva Mendes.

This film was already released overseas. I couldn't find a US release date, when we know more you will.

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{Heartbeats}

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I got this teaser trailer for Xavier Dolan's forthcoming film Les Amours Imaginaires (or Heartbeats in the US). The film tells the story of three close friends who are involved in a love-triangle. The song featured in the trailer is "Bang Bang" by French singer Sheila.

Look for the film in select theaters February 25th.

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February 10, 2011

{El Cielo Gira}

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El Cielo Gira (The Sky Turns) is a documentary that follows director Mercedes Alvarez as she returns to her native village Aldealsenor in remote northwest Spain after a 35 year absence. She was the last child born there; now only 14 aged inhabitants remain.

Look for the film in select theaters February 11th.

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{Rage}

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Based on a novel by Sergio Bizzio, Rage (Rabia) is set in Spain as two South American immigrants get involved in a passionate relationship, when a violent confrontation results in another man's death.

Look for the film in select theaters March 8th.

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{Elektra Luxx}

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Elekrta Luxx is the follow-up film to Women in Trouble, from director Sebastian Gutierrez.

The film stars Carla Gugino stars as Elektra Luxx, a former porn star looking to turn her life around as a sex ed teacher. The film also stars Timothy Olyphant, Joseph Gordon- Levitt, Malin Akerman, Adrianne Palicki, Emmanuelle Chriqui, and John Colella.

Look for the film in select theaters March 11th.

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{Win Win}

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This film is about a disheartened attorney (Giamatti) who moonlights as a high school wrestling coach. He stumbles across a star athlete through some questionable business dealings while trying to support his family. Just as it looks like he will get a double payday, the boy’s mother shows up fresh from rehab and flat broke, threatening to derail everything.

Look for the film in select theaters March 18th.

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{Ceremony}

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Magnolia Pictures has released released a trailer for Max Winkler‘s (son of actor Henry Winkler) feature directorial debut Ceremony.

The film stars Michael Angarano (Almost Famous, Snow Angels), who plans to break-up a wedding ceremony because he is in love with the bride ( Uma Thurman). This film also stars Clive Owen.

Look for the film in select theaters April 8th.

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February 03, 2011

{Peep World}

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Peep World is a family dramedy that stars Michael C. Hall, Sarah Silverman and Rainn Wilson. The story is set on the day of their Father's 70th birthday party, with four siblings coming to terms with the publication of a novel written by the youngest sibling that exposes the family's most intimate secrets.

Look for the film in select theaters March 25th.

View the trailer right here...



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{Skateland}

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Skateland is an indie film about the dramatic events that take place in small-town Texas in the early ’80s, that force a 19-year-old skating rink manager to look at his life in a very new way.

Look for the film in select theaters March 25th.

View the trailer right here...



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{Even the Rain}

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Tambien La Lluvia (Even the Rain) is a film that takes us from the fiction of a period film to the reality of a film set in a small Bolivian city. Then, from that reality to another which is deeper and more dramatic. The film stars Luis Tosar and Gael Garcia Bernal. It is Spain's official selection for Best Foreign Language Film for the Academy Awards.

Look for the film in select theaters February 18th.

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{Incendies}

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The French Canadian film Incendies tells the story of a set of adult twins who are set out on a journey to the Middle East by their mother’s last will and testament to find their long-lost father and sibling. The film has gotten a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film by the Academy Awards.

Look for the film in select theaters April 22nd.

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{Uncle Kent}

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Cold Weather is written & directed by Aaron Katz. The film is about a guy who moves back to Portland becomes involved in the mystery of his ex-girlfriend's disappearance.

No official release date yet, but when we know more so will you.

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{Cold Weather}

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Cold Weather is written & directed by Aaron Katz. The film is about a guy who moves back to Portland becomes involved in the mystery of his ex-girlfriend's disappearance.

Look for the film in select theaters February 4th.

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{In A Better World}

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Sony Pictures Classics recently debuted the trailer for Susanne Bier's In a Better World (originally known as Hævnen in Danish). The film was one of five Best Foreign Language Film nominees at the Oscars this year and winner of the Best Foreign Film Golden Globe.

No official US release date just yet, but we'll keep you posted.

View the trailer right here...



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January 20, 2011

{Carancho}

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This thriller is Argentina's official Oscar submission for Best Foreign Film. The story revolves around two people that meet during a traffic accident.

Look for the film in select theaters February 11th.

View the trailer right here

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{The Off Hours}

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This indie drama is about characters in search of liberation from their mundane existence, which is long overdue.

Look for the film in select theaters January 22nd.

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January 18, 2011

{The Last Mountain}

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This documentary is about the battle to protect our health and environment from the destructive power of Big Coal.

Look fort the film in select theaters January 21st.

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January 13, 2011

[The Strange Case of Angelica}

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This new film from Manoel de Oliveira is a tale of a photographer who falls madly in love with a woman he can never have, except in his dreams.

This film is currently screening in select theaters.

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January 12, 2011

{HappyThankYouMorePlease}

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Josh Radnor makes his (How I Met Your Mother) writing/directing debut with HappyThankYouMorePlease. The film stars Josh Radnor, Kate Mara, Malin Akerman, Zoe Kazan, Pablo Schreiber, Tony Hale and Richard Jenkins. the film follows three very different couples looking for love.

Look for the film in select theaters March 4th.

View the trailer right here

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January 11, 2011

{The Time That Remains}

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IFC's The Time That Remains is a humorous and heartbreaking film composed of autobiographical episodes from the life of writer/director Elia Suleiman. The film explores life among the Israeli Arab community, and is shot largely in homes and places in which Suleiman’s family once lived. Inspired by his father’s diaries, letters his mother sent to family members who had fled the Israeli occupation, and the director’s own recollections,

Look for the film in select theaters January 7th.

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View an alternate trailer here...



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{The Housemaid}

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A favorite at this year’s Cannes, Toronto and Fantastic Fest film festivals, IFC's erotic and stylish Korean thriller The Housemaid is about an innocent young woman caught in the twisted web of a rich family's games.

Look for the film in select theaters January 11th.

View the trailer right here

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January 10, 2011

{Beach House}

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I just picked up Baltimore dream pop duo's Zebra EP. The EP centers around that album’s lead-off track “Zebra” (off their critically acclaimed Teen Dream album). The four-song disc includes a UK radio edit of the title track, plus new a mix of Teen Dream’s “10 Mile Stereo” now subtitled “Cough Syrup Remix”. The EP also contains two exclusive new tracks “The Arrangement” and “Baby”.

Have a listen...

"The Arrangement"

Here's they are performing "Zebra" in-studio on The Alternate Side...



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January 03, 2011

{Favorite Films of 2010}

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Winter's Bone

This is the story of a girl trying to track down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact.
View the trailer here.

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The Good Heart

In this film Jacques (Brian Cox) is determined to drink and smoke himself to death when he meets Lucas (Paul Dano), a homeless young man who has already given up on life.
View the trailer here.

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Ajami

This film explores five different stories set in an actual impoverished Christian-and-Muslim Arab neighborhood of the Tel Aviv - Jaffa neighborhood, called Ajami.
View the trailer here.

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A Prophet

This French prison film is the story of a young man's rise in the mafia.
View the trailer here.

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The Secret in Their Eyes

This Argentine crime thriller is about a retired legal counselor who writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases.
View the trailer here.

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The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo

This Swedish trilogy revolves around a journalist, a hacker and a 40-year-old cold case.
View the trailer here.

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Mother and Child

This drama from Rodrigo Garcia (Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her, Nine Lives, Six Feet Under) centers around three women, and the connection each has with each other.
View the trailer here.

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The Kids Are Alright

In this dramedy two teenaged children get the notion to seek out their biological father (Mark Ruffalo) and introduce him into the family life that their two mothers (Bening and Moore) have built for them.
View the trailer here

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The Square

This Australian film noir thriller centers on an adulterous couple whose scheming leads to arson, blackmail and murder.
View the trailer here.

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The Good, The Bad, The Weird

This is the story of three Korean outlaws in 1940s Manchuria and their rivalry to possess a treasure map while being pursued by the Japanese army.
View the trailer here.

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Solitary Man

This a redemption story about a disgraced car salesman (Michael Douglas) on a downward spiral.
View the traier here.

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Kick Ass

This is about an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan who one day decides to become a super-hero.
View the trailer here.

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The Social Network

View the trailer here.

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Mother

This is a Korean thriller about how far a mother would go to protect her son.
View the trailer here.

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Inception

View the trailer here.

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127 Hours

This film is about a mountain climber that becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive.
View the trailer here.

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Holly Rollers

This film is about a young man in an Orthodox Jewish community, who is lured into becoming an Ecstasy dealer by his pal who has ties to an Israel drug cartel.
View the trailer here.

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Scott Pilgram Vs The World

Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend's seven evil exes in order to win her heart in this comic adaptation.
View the trailer here.

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Buried

A man wakes up 6 feet underground with no idea of who put him there or why.
View the trailer here.

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Toy Story 3

View the trailer here.

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Cemetery Junction

This film (from Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant) is about three friends who are stuck in boring jobs in a small town in England.
View the trailer here.

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The Secret of Kels

This animated film is about a boy who must fight Vikings and a serpent god to find a crystal and complete the legendary Book of Kells.
View the trailer here.

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I Am Love

This Italian film is a tragic love story.
View the trailer here.

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The American

This film is about an assassin hides out in Italy for one last assignment.
View the trailer here.

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Exit Through The Gift Shop

This is the story of a French shop keeper and amateur film makers attempt to locate and befriend the artist Banksy.
View the trailer here.

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Rabbit Hole

This is a somber film about how a couples life is turned upside down after their young son dies in an accident.
View the trailer here.

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The Ghost Writer

This Roman Polanski film is about a ghostwriter hired to complete the memoirs of a former British prime minister, and uncovers secrets that put his own life in jeopardy.
View the trailer here.

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Marwencol

This is is a documentary about the fantasy world of Mark Hogancamp, who emerged from his coma, following a vicious attack.
View the trailer here.

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True Grit
View the trailer here.

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Black Swan

View the trailer here.

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Parnormal Activity 2

View the trailer here.

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The Descent 2

This film picks up immediately after the events depicted in the original. I know this one got mixed reviews, but I think this was a fun sequel.
View the trailer here.

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Red

This one is loosely inspired by a comic book series by Warren Ellis about a former black-ops CIA agent, is now living a quiet life in retirement.
View the trailer here.

As of yet, I haven't seen these films, but am looking forward to...

The King's Speech
Blue Valentine
Waiting for 'Superman'
Restrepo
The Illusionist
The Fighter
Another Year
Inside Job
Catfish

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December 02, 2010

{Another Year}

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Another Year is a film from Mike Leigh (Secrets & Lies, Vera Drake) about a couple who have managed to remain blissfully happy into their autumn years, are surrounded over the course of the four seasons (of one average year) by friends, colleagues, and family who all seem to suffer some degree of unhappiness.

Look for the film in select theaters December 29th.

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{And Everything is Going Fine}

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And Everything Is Going Fine is an intimate documentary (by Steven Soderbergh) of master monologist Spalding Gray, as described by his most critical, irreverent and insightful biographer: Spalding Gray.

Look for the film in select theaters December 10th.

View the trailer right here

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November 18, 2010

{White Material}

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White Material is set in a politically unstable African country the countryside is poluted by roving child soldiers.

All the expatriated French people have gone home, getting out before things turn really nasty. Maria doesn't want to leave her coffee plantation and abandon her harvest the first time she hears gunfire. She believes she can find protection from the mayor of her neighboring town.

The film stars Isabelle Huppert. Look for it in select theaters November 19th.

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{You Won't Miss Me}

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This indie drama from Ry Russo-Young is an emotional character study of Shelly Brown, a young alienated urban misfit - recently released from a psychiatric hospital - who’s fallen on some tough times.

Look for the film in select theaters December 10th.

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{The Way Back}

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Inspired by Slavomir Rawicz’s novel The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom, director Peter Weir’s (“Witness”, “Master And Commander”, & “Dead Poet’s Society”) The Way Back is a remarkable story chronicling the escape of a small group of multi-national prisoners from a Siberian gulag in 1940 and their epic journey over thousands of miles.

The early reviews have this one as a possible contender for 'movie of the year'.

Look for the film in select theaters December 29th.

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{Applause}

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Applause is a powerful drama about a recovering alcoholic actress (Paprika Steen) that has divorced her husband and trying to gain custody of their two boys.

Look for the film in select theaters December 3rd.

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November 09, 2010

{Tiny Furniture}

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From IFC Films and written, directed and starring Lena Dunham, Tiny Furniture explores the depths of romantic humiliation and the heights of post-college confusion. The film also stars Dunham's real-life sister, Grace, and real-life mother, (artist, photographer) Laurie Simmons.

Look for the film in select theaters November 12th.

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{The Illusionist}

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From Triplets of Belleville director Sylvain Chomet, The Illusionist is the story of a dying breed of stage entertainer. With emerging rock stars stealing the illusionists thunder in the late 1950s, he is forced to accept increasingly obscure assignments in fringe theatres. While performing in a village pub he encounters an innocent young girl who will change his life forever.

Look for the film in select theaters December 25th.

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{Night Catches Us}

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This film is about a man that returns to the Philadelphia neighborhood where he came of age in the midst of the Black Power movement. His arrival raises suspicion among his family and former neighbors, who think he might have been a snitch.

The soundtrack to the film is performed by The Roots.

Look for the film in select theaters December 3rd.

View the trailer here or right here...



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October 27, 2010

{Rabbit Hole}

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The drama stars Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart as parents who must come to terms with their son's death.

Look for the film in select theaters December 17th.

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{The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest}

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Here's a trailer for the third episode in the “Millennium” Trilogy by Swedish writer Stieg Larsson, after The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire. The third installment finds Lisbeth recovering in a hospital and awaiting trial for three murders when she is released.

Look for the film in select theaters October 29th.

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{Chico and Rita}

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This animated film by Fernando Trueba and Javier Marascal is set in Cuba, 1948 and tells the story of two individuals that must battle impossible odds to unite in music and love.

Look for the film in select theaters November 19th.

View the trailer here or right here...



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{Blue Valentine}

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Here's a trailer for the upcoming romantic drama Blue Valentine, directed by Derek Cianfrance and starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams.

Look for the film in select theaters December 31st.

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{Made in Dagenham}

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How about a feel-good movie!

This is the true story of the 1968 Ford sewing machinists strike at the Ford Dagenham assembly plant, where female workers walked out in protest against sexual discrimination and the desire for equal pay.

Look for the film in select theaters November 19th.

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October 21, 2010

{Outside the Law}

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From writer-director Rachid Bouchareb comes the film Outside the Law (Hors-La-Loi), the story of three brothers who fight for Algeria's independence from France after World War II. After losing their family home in Algeria, three brothers are scattered across the globe.

Look for the film in select theaters November 3rd.

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{Biutiful}

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Biutiful stars Javier Bardem and is directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, of Amores Perros, 21 Grams and Babel previously.

This trailer should have what it takes to capture you're attention.

Look for the film in select theaters December 29th.

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October 19, 2010

{Restless}

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Columbia Pictures has debuted the first official trailer for Gus Van Sant's new teenage drama Restless starring Mia Wasikowska and Henry Hopper.

The film tells the story of a 16-year-old terminally ill girl (Mia Wasikowska) who falls for a boy (Henry Hopper) who likes to attend funerals and their encounters with the ghost of a Japanese kamikaze pilot from WWII.

Look for the film in select theaters January 28th.

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{Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench}

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Jazz is just so much cooler in black and white and so is Damien Chazelle's romantic musical dramedy Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench.

The film is about Guy (actual trumpeting phenom Jason Palmer) and his girlfriend Madeline (Desiree Garcia) who waits tables and waits for her break as a jazz singer. We see the two finish a decidedly awkward conversation on a park bench and soon both are on the rebound.

The film kind of reminds me of John Cassavetes' Beat generation improvisation inspired film Shadows. On a side note: The Hold Steady's 2008 album Stay Positive makes various allusions to Cassavetes' film Opening Night. Also, Pedro Almodovar repeats the film's accident scene in his All About My Mother as the epicenter of the dramatic conflict.

Look for the film in select theaters November 5th.

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October 14, 2010

{Wrecked}

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Wrecked stars Adrien Brody as a man who awakens in a car at the bottom of a ravine in the wilderness with a broken leg surrounded by a bunch of dead people.

No US distributor yet, but we'll keep you posted.

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October 13, 2010

{Darkstar}

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The debut full-length from this dubstep group, which recently added vocalist James Buttery, is now streaming over at NPR.

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October 11, 2010

{The Warrior's Way}

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Sngmoo Lee's The Warrior's Way is a kung fu western that stars Kate Bosworth, Danny Huston, Geoffrey Rush and Dong-Kun Jang as Yang. The film mixes westerns, martial arts, with fantasy.

Look for The Warrior's Way in select theaters on December 3rd.

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{127 Hours}

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127 Hours is Danny Boyle's (Trainspotting, 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Slumdog Millionaire) forthcoming survival film starring James Franco.

Fox Searchlight scheduled 127 Hours for limited release starting November 5th.

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October 03, 2010

{Boogie Woogie}

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Boogie Woogie is a star studded comedy about a whole bunch of people having affairs with each other in the London art world. The synopsis reads like this: "Each parallel story plummets towards its own depraved and egotistical conclusion until the stories collide, leading to a sobering and tragic finale.

The film stars Amanda Seyfried, Heather Graham, Stellan Skarsgard, Gillian Anderson, Alan Cumming, Christopher Lee, and many more. Look for it in select theaters April 12th.

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{True Grit}

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The Coen brothers next film is a remake of a good old fashioned western. The film stars Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin and Barry Pepper. Look for it in theaters December 25th.

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September 08, 2010

{The Butcher, The Chef and The Swordsman}

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Screening next month at the Toronto Film Festival is the Mandarin language film from Wu Ershan titled The Butcher, The Chef and The Swordsman (Doug Liman has come aboard as presenter).

The Butcher, The Chef and The Swordsman is a highly stylized action-comedy about revenge and greed, following a group of misfits who get involved with a mystical kitchen cleaver made from the five greatest swords of the martial arts world.

No official release date yet, but we'll keep you posted.

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{Suck}

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I know we're all sick of vampires by now, but this rock and roll-vampire-comedy looks like it could become an instant cult classic. The films features appearances by Alice Cooper, Henry Rollins, Moby, and Iggy Pop.

Look for Suck in select theaters September 2nd.

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August 31, 2010

{Barney's Version}

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Barney's Version is an indie dramedy starring Paul Giamatti, Dustin Hoffman, Bruce Greenwood, Rosamund Pike, Minnie Driver, Rachelle Lefevre, Scott Speedman and Saul Rubinek. The film is adapted from Richard J. Lewis bestseller of the same name.

The synopsis for the book goes something like this-
Even Barney Penofsky’s friends tend to agree that he is a wife-abuser, an intellectual fraud, a purveyor of pap, a violent drunk, and probably a murderer. But when his sworn enemy threatens to publish this calumny, Barney is driven to write his own memoirs, selecting and plagiarizing his life.

Look for Barney's Version in select theaters September 15th.

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August 30, 2010

{Nice Guy Johnny}

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Nice Guy Johnny is the forthcoming indie film from Edward Burns. The film is about a mid 20′s guy who considers giving up the pursuit of his dream job due to pressures from his over bearing fiance. Naturally, he meets a beautiful girl that begins to change his life. The film stars Matt Bush and Kerry Bishe...oh and of course Burns cast himself.

Look for Nice Guy Johnny in select theaters October 26th.

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August 19, 2010

{A Simple Noodle Story}

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A US trailer for A Simple Noodle Story (or A Girl, A Gun and a Noodleshop) is indeed a remake of the Coen Brothers neo-noir classic. Director Zhang Yimou adds his flashy wuxia touch (a la his other films Hero or House of Flying Daggers). Even though the plot is licensed from the Coen Brothers the tone is overwhelmed by a feverish pitch of swirling colors and humor. I bet the Coens are were scratching their heads when they saw the trailer for the first time.

A Simple Noodle Story is scheduled for a limited September 3rd release, but I would keep an eye out for this via Netflix.

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{My Dog Tulip}

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My Dog Tulip is a bittersweet retrospective account of a man who rescues a German shepard and how the two become fast friends. The film features the voices of Christopher Plummer, Lynn Redgrave, and Isabella Rossellini

No official release date just yet, but when we know more so will you.

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{Vanishing on 7th Street}

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The first trailer for Vanishing on 7th Street recently went up online. This is the new film from The Machinist director Brad Anderson about a group of people who wake up to find everyone dead, except for a small group that bands together in a dimly-lit tavern on 7th Street, struggling to survive. The film stars stars Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton and John Leguizamo.

No official release date just yet, but when we know more so will you.

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{Wah Do Dem}

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Indie film Wah Do Dem will be available on DVD October 26th from Factory 25. The film stars musicians Sean Bones & Norah Jones, and is directed by Sam Fleischner & Ben Chacethrough.

The story follows Brooklyn musician Max (Sean Bones), who is all set to take his girlfriend (played by Norah Jones) on a Carribean cruise until she dumps him just days before. When his friends flake, the determined Max decides to set sail solo, where, after docking in Jamaica, having all his personal possessions stolen and literally missing the boat, he embarks on a philosophical journey with surprises lurking around every corner. The reggae-infused odyssey features music and appearances by MGMT, Santigold, Sean Bones, The Congos, Yeasayer, and more.

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August 16, 2010

{Enter the Void}

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IFC Films has just debuted the official US release of Gaspar Noé's Enter the Void, a drug-trip film about a brother and sister living in Japan. The brother is killed in a run in with the cops and the POV camera floats around the city following the aftermath, getting trippier by the minute.

Look for Enter the Void in select theaters September 24th.

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{Monsters}

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Magnet has just debuted a second trailer for Gareth Edwards' incredible low-budget alien sci-fi film Monsters. Early reviews suggest that the film is actually the story about two people, and what they go through.

Look for Monsters in select theaters October 29th.

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{I'm Still Here}

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A teaser trailer for the Joaquin Phoenix rap documentary I'm Still Here directed by Casey Affleck recently popped up online.

Look for I'm Still Here in select theaters September 10th.

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{The Next Three Days}

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Paul Haggis' (Crash) forthcoming drama The Next Three Days stars Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks as a married couple that go through hell when she is accused of murder. Liam Neeson and Olivia Wilde, the RZA, and Brian Dennehy also star.

Look for The Next Three Days in theaters November 19th.

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August 12, 2010

{Daniel y Ana}

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This thriller is based on a true story about a teenager who is kidnapped along with his older sister. They are forced to do something deeply traumatic together then released to figure out how to reconstruct their lives and relationship. The film stars Dario Yazbek Bernal (brother of Gael Garcia Bernal) and Marimar Vega.

Look for Daniel y Ana in select theaters August 27th.

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{Fruit Fly}

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This musical is about a performance artist that moves to San Francisco to work on her latest piece, while searching for her biological mother.

Fruit Fly has began screening in select theaters.

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August 05, 2010

{Barry Munday}

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Barry Munday is a dark comedy about a man that wakes up after being attacked only to realize that he's missing his family jewels. To make matters worse, he learns he's facing a paternity lawsuit filed by a woman he can't remember having sex with.

The film stars: Patrick Wilson, Judy Greer, and Chloë Sevigny.

Look for Barry Munday in select theaters October 1st.

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{The Afterlight}

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This is the story of a young couple moves into an old schoolhouse on a desolate stretch of farm country, when a dark chain of events unfold that will alter the lives of everyone around them.

Look for The Afterlight in select theaters September 10th.

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{Colin Fitz Lives!}

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Colin Fitz Lives! is a 1997 Independent film directed by Robert Bella. The film received many film festival awards, however it was never released to theatres. In August 2010, IFC Films released a newly remastered version of the film as part of its Video On Demand

This film has just released via Video On Demand (Aug. 4th).

View the trailer (and see how many faces you recognize) right here

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August 03, 2010

{Heartbreaker]

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A US trailer for French director Pascal Chaumeil's new film Heartbreaker starring Romain Duris and Vanessa Paradis (Johnny Depp's ladyfriend) has surfaced online. It's a romantic comedy (lord knows it's so hard to do a good one), but this looks like it might be some fun.

Look for Heartbreaker in select theaters September 10th.

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{The Bang Bang Club}

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The Bang Bang Club is an action-drama based on the true story of four combat photographers in South Africa shooting the final days of apartheid. The film stars Ryan Phillippe, Taylor Kitsch, Malin Akerman, and Frank Rautenbach.

This film will be looking for a distributor at the Toronto Film Festival. When we know more so will you.

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{Don't Be Afraid of the Dark}

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A teaser trailer for Guillermo del Toro and Troy Nixey's horror remake of the seventies classic Don't Be Afraid of the Dark recently popped up online. The film stars: Guy Pearce, Katie Holmes, and Bailee Madison.

Look for Don't Be Afraid of the Dark in theaters January 1st 2011.

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August 02, 2010

{Trust}

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David Schwimmer's next directorial effort stars Clive Owen, Catherine Keener and Viola Davis.

In the drama Owen and Keener are the parents to a 14 year old (newcomer Liana Liberato) who is assaulted and then stalked by a man who posed as a teenage boy online to lure her in. The script was penned by Andy Bellin and Robert Festinger, the latter of whom seems to be working in the same tone as In the Bedroom, which he co-wrote.

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July 29, 2010

{30 Days of Night: Dark Days}

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Based on the comic book series created by Steve Niles, who also co-wrote the script, Dark Days sees Stella Oleson (Kiele Sanchez replacing Melissa George) returning to her home in Los Angeles, a bitter and scarred women following the harrowing ordeal in Barrow, Alaska, that claimed the life of her estranged husband, Eben. Oleson begins lecturing about the existence of vampires in the hopes of drawing the blood-suckers out into the open and discovers that there are others who share her desire to destroy all vampires.

Look for it in select theaters July 8th.

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{Last Train Home}

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Each year in China more than 130 million migrant workers travel home for the New Year's holiday—the one time they’ll reunite with family all year. The mass exodus constitutes the world’s largest human migration. Amid this chaos, director Lixin Fan focuses on one couple, Changhua and Sugin Zhang, who embark upon a two-day journey to see their children.

Last Train Home is the first documentary from Chinese-Canadian director Lixin Fan. Look for it in select theaters September 3rd.

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{Lovely, Still}

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Lovely, Still is a heart warming late-life love story starring Oscar winners Martin Landau and Ellen Burstyn.

Look for it in select theaters September 10th.

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July 26, 2010

{The Walking Dead}

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AMC premiered an exclusive trailer for the small screen adaptation of The Walking Dead at Comic Con.

Based off the graphic novel of the same name, the story opens with a police roadblock and shootout that leaves deputy Rick Grimes hospitalized. When he wakes up, the hospital and city are deserted (28 Days Later style), his family is missing, and he learns that zombies have overrun Atlana.

Director Frank Darabont also hinted that they may try to get some well-known horror directors for season two.

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{The Avengers}

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So, I was at this little thing called Comic Con over the weekend and I thought the announcement of the cast of The Avengers was a great place to start mentioning some of the cool stuff that went down. Below is a link to the panel, which introduced the cast: Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Clark Gregg (S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson) Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Chris Evans (Captain America), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) and Mark Ruffalo (replacing Edward Norton as The Hulk).

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{Au Revoir Taipei}

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Writer/director Arvin Chen Kai has picked up some festival awards for his independent film Au Revoir Taipei. The film revolves around Kai and Susie who are in the pre-romantic stage of a relationship. As well as the exploits of Brother Bao, a gangster who longs to retire, and his incompetent nephew, who wants to rip his uncle off to prove his manhood.

No US release date just yet, but when we know more so will you.

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{Udaan}

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Udaan is an interesting film that revolves around around teenager (Rohan). After being in a boarding school for eight years, Rohan returns to the small industrial town of Jamshedpur (in Jharkhand) and finds himself living with an authoritarian father and a half brother who he didn’t know existed.

Forced to work in his father’s steel factory and study engineering against his wishes, he strikes to forge his own life out of his given circumstances and pursue his dream of being a writer.

Udaan is currently screening in select theaters.

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{Following}

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Many think that Christopher Nolan's big break-out film Memento was his first, however it was actually a super low-budget black & white indie film called Following. Based on the recent success of all of Nolan's movies, IFC Films has decided to re-release Following in theaters and on-demand to give audiences and fans of Chris Nolan the opportunity to see a film that most have probably never seen.

Following is currently playing on demand via IFC In Theaters, so check your local listings.

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{You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger}

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Sony Pictures Classics just debuted the official US trailer for Woody Allen's forthcoming film You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. The quirky comedy stars: Josh Brolin, Naomi Watts, Freida Pinto, Anthony Hopkins, Antonio Banderas, Gemma Jones, Lucy Punch and Ewen Bremner.

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger will release in select theaters September 22nd.

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July 15, 2010

{The Social Network}

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Oh, wait a minute...a full trailer for The Social Network recently popped up online! The film is a story about the founders of the social-networking website, Facebook. It should come as no surprise that the film is not allowed to advertise on Facebook, seeing as co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is likely portrayed in a less than flattering light (other posters for the film have the tag line ”You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies”).

David Fincher directs, Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Timberlake star.

Look for The Social Network in select theaters October 1st.

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{Howl}

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Starring James Franco as Allen Ginsberg, Howl is the story of how the young poet’s seminal work broke down societal barriers in the face of an infamous public obscenity trial. In his famously confessional style, Ginsberg – poet, counter-culture icon, and chronicler of the Beat Generation – recounts the road trips, love affairs, and search for personal liberation that led to Howl, the most timeless work of his career. The film interweaves three stories: the unfolding of the landmark 1957 obscenity trial; an imaginative animated ride through the prophetic masterpiece; and a unique portrait of a man who found new ways to express himself, and in doing so, changed his own life and galvanized a generation.

Howl is written and directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman and stars James Franco, David Strathairn, Jon Hamm, Bob Balaban, Alessandro Nivola, Treat Williams, with Mary-Louise Parker and Jeff Daniels.

Howl opens in New York and San Francisco on September 24th and in Los Angeles on October 1st.

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July 14, 2010

{My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done}

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I just got a release date for Werner Herzog and David Lynch's psychological thriller starring Michael Shannon, Chloë Sevigny, and Willem Dafoe. The feature will be available on DVD with Special Features on September 14th.

Inspired by a true story, My Son opens in a a typical middle-class neighborhood in San Diego. The suspect has barricaded himself inside a home and appears to have taken hostages.

Then, in a series of flashbacks, the bizarre story of Brad Macallam begins to emerge. After an ill-fated kayaking trip in a distant land, Brad finds readjustment to suburban life increasingly difficult. As his disaffection grows and his relations with those around him become strained. The detectives try to penetrate the mystery of his story, but the questions only multiply as Brad's unfolding personal and family drama leads to an obsession with an ancient Sophocles play that finally drives him to murder.

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{It's Kind of A Funny Story}

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I just got a link for the trailer of the upcoming dramedy It's Kind Of A Funny Story. The film is about a teenager who checks himself into a mental health clinic and learns that the youth ward is closed – and finds himself stuck in the adult ward. He forms a friendship with one of the patients, and is drawn to another 16-year-old.

The film is directed by Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden (Half-Nelson) and stars Keir Gilchrist, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Roberts, Viola Davis, and Jim Gaffigan.

Look for It's Kind of A Funny Story in select theaters September 24th.

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July 13, 2010

{Beautiful Islands}

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This documentary looks at three beautiful islands, shaken by climate change: Tuvalu in the South Pacific, Venice in Italy, and Shishmaref in Alaska. The islands all have different climates and cultures, but the people all love their native lands.

It portrays festivals that foster ties among the people, traditional crafts which have been passed on for generations, and peaceful lives by the water. They are all disappearing by climate change. When these people lose their homelands, their cultures and histories face “death.” Their lives in the midst of all the changes suggest where our future leads. I read that director, Kana Tomoko purposely decided not to put any narration or music in this film because she really wanted the viewer to feel what we are going to lose as climate change really (threatens) hits our planet.

Beautiful Islands is currently screening in select theaters.

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July 12, 2010

{The Social Network}

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A second teaser trailer for The Social Network recently popped up online! The film is a story about the founders of the social-networking website, Facebook. It should come as no surprise that the film is not allowed to advertise on Facebook, seeing as co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is likely portrayed in a less than flattering light (other posters for the film have the tag line ”You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies”).

David Fincher directs, Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Timberlake star.

Look for The Social Network in select theaters October 1st.

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{The Dry Land}

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This independent film is about a U.S. soldier returning home from war, struggling to reconcile his experiences abroad with the life and family in Texas.

The film stars America Ferrera, Melissa Leo, Wilmer Valderrama, and Jason Ritter

Look for The Dry Land in select theaters July 30th.

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June 28, 2010

{Farewell}

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This is an interesting thriller with a story that revolves around French intelligence that alerts the U.S. about a Soviet spy operation during the height of the Cold War, which sets off an unfortunate chain of events.

Farewell is from French director Christian Carion an stars Emir Kusturica, Willem Dafoe, Fred Ward, Diane Kruger ("Inglourious Basterds") and David Soul of "Starsky & Hutch" fame.

Look for Farewll in select theaters July 23rd.

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{The American}



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The trailer for The American looks intriguing. I like that it hardly utilizes Clooney as the main draw, instead focusing on story, character and the complexities surrounding him. Director Anton Corbijn, an acclaimed music video director of videos (from Depeche Mode, Joy Division, Echo & The Bunnymen, Nirvana, Nick Cave and more) looks to be creating a kind of foreign film in its tone and look.

The story focuses on a loner assassin who is a master of his craft. But when a job in Sweden goes awry, he vows his next target will be his last. Of course, nothing is ever that simple, or it wouldn’t be a movie.

Look for The American in select theaters September 1st.

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{Finding Bliss}

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Now for some good fluff. Finding Bliss tells the story of Jody, unemployed after a year, and faced with the hard decision of taking the only well-paying industry job she can get – editing porn at Grind Productions, a profitable adult film company.

Fining Bliss is currently screening in select theaters.

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{Never Let Me Go}

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Based on the acclaimed novel from Kazuo Ishiguro's hauntingly poignant and emotional story of Kathy (Carey Mulligan), Tommy (Andrew Garfield) and Ruth (Keira Knightley), who live in a world and a time that feel familiar to us, but are not quite like anything we know. They spend their childhood at Hailsham, a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. When they leave the shelter of the school and the terrible truth of their fate is revealed to them, they must also confront the deep feelings of love, jealousy and betrayal that threaten to pull them apart

Look for Never Let Me Go in select theaters October 1st.

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