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VODetails: 'A Single Shot'

  • By Steve Greene
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  • August 20, 2013 12:01 PM
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Is Sam Rockwell's second notable performance in a 2013 film worth your VODollars?

'Breaking Bad': Walt Buries His Loot, But Everything Else Comes to the Surface

  • By Sam Adams
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  • August 19, 2013 2:08 AM
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Walt buries his loot, but everything else comes to the surface.

Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Shinji Aoyama on Japanese Film and Why 'Oblivion' Should Be in the Art House

  • By Laya Maheshwari
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  • August 16, 2013 12:00 PM
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When I was on my way to attend a round table conversation at the 66th Locarno Film Festival between two Japanese directors, Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Real) and Shinji Aoyama (Tomogui/The Backwater), my intention was to hear the makers talk about their creations. I saw Aoyama's The Backwater on the 14th and was a huge fan. It's a twisted drama that reveals itself to be a revenge thriller at just the right moment, and is extremely entertaining.

Not Only the Young: 'Gloria' and 'Mr. Morgan's Last Love' Offer Different Takes on Late-Life Love Stories

  • August 16, 2013 9:30 AM
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In recent years, there has been an increase in the amount of films that focus on romance for the middle age. Films such as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Something's Gotta Give, and It's Complicated serve as comedic offerings on the subject, often poking fun at elements concerning old age. As dramatic fare goes, it is rare to see a love story between two elderly people that does not concern elements of sickness or loss. One of the most successful recent love stories, Michael Haneke's Amour, painted a beautiful portrait of an elderly couple's relationship, as have films such as The Notebook and Away From Her. These films however are all highly depressing, hopeless films about the inevitability of getting older. Although there are a handful of films that share love stories for those of an older age, it is still a rarity to see a film treat the relationship with as much honesty and rawness as younger romances are portrayed. Two films at the Locarno Film Festival this year tell stories of old romance, Gloria and Mr. Morgan's Last Love. However, these films could not be more different in their approach.

Locarno Pays Tribute to George Cukor With a Retrospective

  • By Tara Karajica
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  • August 15, 2013 4:28 PM
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The Cukor clock is ticking in Switzerland as the 66th Festival del Film Locarno presents -- in collaboration with the Cinematheque Suisse, Turin's National Cinema Museum, and the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York -- a retrospective on George Cukor.

Sundance's NEXT Weekend: Tales of Isolation and the Consequences of Being Rescued

  • By Steve Greene
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  • August 15, 2013 4:18 PM
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Three closer looks at some of our NEXT Weekend favorites, including a troubled teacher, a troubled father figure and a man who revels in bringing trouble on himself.

'The Butler,' 'In a world...,' and Why Cultural Politics Matters

  • By Sam Adams
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  • August 15, 2013 1:52 PM
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Lee Daniels' melodrama and Lake Bell's romantic comedy turn disrespected genres to smartly political ends.

Blurred Lines: Claire Simon's 'Gare du Nord' and 'Human Geography' Challenge the Boundaries Between Fiction and Doc

  • By Ronan Doyle
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  • August 14, 2013 4:36 PM
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How appropriate it is that Claire Simon's complementary pair of pictures, the narrative Gare du Nord and the documentary Human Geography, should take place at the train station that lends the former its name. Railways have occupied a pride of place in cinema since its birth: We all know, of course, the famous (if apocryphal) tale of the brothers Lumiere causing audiences to leap from their seats when The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat was screened. Ever since those days, the distinction between the Lumieres' "actualities" and the trick films of their contemporary Georges Melies has remained engrained in audiences' view of cinema. Documentary and narrative, many would seem to believe, are mutually exclusive modes.

More Than 'Honey': Has the Swiss Documentary Renaissance Peaked?

  • By James Berclaz-Lewis
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  • August 14, 2013 4:14 PM
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Imagine not only trying to do a documentary on beekeeping around the world, but also trying to fascinate audiences with that most uninviting of subject matters. The more cautious among us would surely walk away from such a daunting project. Yet in 2012, swiss director Marcus Imhoof bravely accepted the challenge and ultimately ended up mesmerizing audiences the world across with his sublimely shot More Than Honey. Little did he know that his film would prove the beating heart of a nation's bright revival in documentary filmmaking. That most vintage of years would also see the release of Manuel Von Sturler's Hiver Nomade, the poetic journey of two shepherds as they journey through the changing mountainous landscapes for which he took home the Best Documentary Award at the European Film Awards. Both examples set themselves apart from the mass with their ability to weave the most unlikely, and decidedly anti-hype, subjects with truly astounding imagery. Imhoof and Von Sturler were confirming, if you will, A Certain Tendency of Swiss Documentary Cinema.

Short Term, Longwave: Coming of Age in Locarno

  • By Laya Maheshwari
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  • August 13, 2013 4:54 PM
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"Short Term 12"
Destin Cretton's Short Term 12 and Lionel Baier's Les Grandes Ondes (a L'ouest) (English title: Longwave), screened on the same day at the 66th Locarno Film Festival, underway right now. First glances may imply that the two share little in common, with the former an unflinching American indie drama about a foster care facility and the latter a light and frothy European period piece about a work assignment for two radio journalists.

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