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Review: Terrifying, Suspenseful Thriller 'Blue Ruin'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 22, 2014 6:59 PM
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Blue Ruin
Dwight (Macon Blair), the lead character of “Blue Ruin,” is a haggard, defeated, middle-aged man. His clothing clings to him, as if to avoid callously slipping to the ground. His beard seems to have formed on his face the way weeds gather on undernourished lawns. One of our first glimpses of his eyes come from the way they gape when he finds out people are home, and he’s naked in the bath. His mad dash reveals this is not his house. But those eyes remain troubled even when he’s not using the homes and resources of others. The sense is that Dwight hasn’t been home for years, and he hasn’t felt at home within himself for even longer.

Tribeca Review: Amy Berg’s ‘Every Secret Thing’ Starring Elizabeth Banks, Dakota Fanning & Diane Lane

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • April 22, 2014 5:38 PM
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Pitched somewhere between a David Fincher crime procedural, a Denis Lehane suspense novel and a “Mommie Dearest” melodrama, documentarian Amy Berg’s move into the feature-length world of dramatic narrative is by nature of the material, an uneven one. It’s not for want of trying, however. Making her narrative debut here, Berg directs the hell out of every crime segment in the film, and there’s a strong level of craft in sequences that would make Fincher and “Se7en” DP Darius Khondji proud. And Nicole Holofcener’s adaptation of the book doesn’t have any real egregious material, at least not in its dialogue.

Jessica Chastain Is Marilyn Monroe In Andrew Dominik's 'Blonde'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2014 5:24 PM
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The Help Jessica Chastain
The last we heard about Andrew Dominik's long brewing Marilyn Monroe biopic "Blonde," was that it was "good to go" with a shoot aiming for this August. But we had been down this road before when plans were afoot to shoot the movie in 2013, with Naomi Watts in the lead. Well, that actress dropped out a while ago and another has come in, and we think it's a pretty great choice.

Author Gillian Flynn Says Reports Of Changes From Book For David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' Are "Greatly Exaggerated"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2014 4:53 PM
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Gone Girl Ben Affleck
At the beginning of the year, word emerged that David Fincher's "Gone Girl," based on the best-seller by Gillian Flynn, would throw fans for a loop by switching up the ending. “Ben [Affleck] was so shocked by it. He would say, ‘This is a whole new third act! She literally threw that third act out and started from scratch,’” the author herself told EW at the time. But hitting a Reddit AMA today, she tempered her comments a bit.

Watch: HBO Perfectly Captures Awkwardness Of Watching Sex Scenes With Your Parents In Series Of HBO Go Ads

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2014 4:22 PM
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True Detective
There you are, watching "True Detective" when a pair of handcuffs comes out, as you turn in horror and realize your parents are sitting next to you. The room becomes deathly, uncomfortably silent as Woody Harrelson and Alexandra Daddario indulge in their various kinks, while you pray for the scene to end. Yes, watching sex scenes with your parents is hugely awkward, and odds are if you're watching any of the hit HBO shows—"Game Of Thrones" and "Girls" particularly—the risk of nudity, groaning and lots of skin runs pretty high. But the cable network has a solution for you.

Watch: New Trailer For Sundance Comedy 'Ping Pong Summer' With Susan Sarandon, Amy Sedaris & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2014 3:31 PM
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Ping Pong Summer
You try and do what you can at film festivals, and sometimes scheduling sleeping/eating/screenings just doesn't work out. So this past January at Sundance, "Ping Pong Summer" just didn't make it onto our radar, but the buzz seemed to be good both there and at SXSW (where we missed it again), but the movie is coming to theaters so perhaps finally we'll see this thing.

Watch: 2-Minute Visual Essay On Michael Mann's 'Thief'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2014 3:08 PM
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Thief
How much do we like "Thief"? Let us count the ways. The Criterion Collection edition of the film released at the beginning of the year gave us an excuse to do a full retrospective on the filmmaker, and we had the pleasure of an extensive interview with Mann about the movie itself. The director's rain-slicked 1981 sizzler is still an influence to this day and one of his top-tier works, and if you haven't seen it—or are already a fan and just want to appreciate it again—here's a way you can do just that.

Tina Fey & Amy Poehler Comedy 'The Nest' Will Open Same Day As 'Star Wars 7,' 'Foxcatcher' Arrives In November

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2014 2:51 PM
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Baby Mama
Listen, we love Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. They're two smart, funny women and when brought together, they usually have Voltron-like comedy powers. Their Golden Globes hosting gigs have been a blast, and generally, put them in a room and they'll be the funniest people in it. But taking on "Star Wars: Episode 7"? Good luck.

Rachel Weisz Joins 'Miss You Already' With Toni Collette, Catherine Hardwicke Takes Over Director's Chair

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2014 2:34 PM
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Some movies kick around in development, trying to get made. "Miss You Already" is one of those movies. It first surfaced back in 2012, when Jennifer Aniston signed up to star with Paul Andrew Williams ("London To Brighton," "Unfinished Song") directing his Brit List script he co-wrote with Morwenna Banks. Toni Collette joined not too long after, but then everything stalled out. Now, two years later, the project is back on with some big changes.

10 One-Man Show Movies

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • April 22, 2014 2:04 PM
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feature, 10 One-Man-Show Movies
If there's any justice in the world, many of you will spend 85 minutes of your upcoming weekend in a car with Tom Hardy. "Locke," the formally-rigorous, real-time Steven-Knight-directed film opens on Friday, and it's terrific: a taut drama that unfolds like a thriller despite being a small, detail-specific, domestic story; and an absorbing Richard Burton-inflected showcase for its sole onscreen star. Hardy, aided by the offscreen voices of Olivia Colman, Andrew Scott and others via his handsfree phone ( the way Knight organized the calls, so that they came to Hardy "live" is fascinating) is just brilliant, crucially underplaying most of the time, as though aware that with only him onscreen (also immobile), the tiniest tic is magnified exponentially. It's the kind of tour de force that highlights by contrast just where so many other single-actor films go wrong.

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