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

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 2, 2014 1:27 PM
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Cymbeline
Shakespeare has received no shortage of contemporary cinematic takes, but we'd reckon there are few that have involved machine guns. So welcome to Michael Almereyda's "Cymbeline," which is not his first journey down the Bard's path. He's the filmmaker behind 2000's slick version of "Hamlet," but this looks like a different animal entirely.

Telluride Review: ‘Madame Bovary’ Starring Mia Wasikowska, Ezra Miller, Paul Giamatti & Rhys Ifans

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • September 2, 2014 1:02 PM
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Madame Bovary
It is not prerequisite that the period costume drama needs a hook, but it certainly doesn’t hurt. Joe Wright’s stylish “Anna Karenina” dazzled with a theatrical approach, and Andrea Arnold’s “Wuthering Heights” employed an austere commitment to form coupled with an expressively Malick-ian appreciation of nature. Gracefully pitched acting can also be enough (see James Gray’s “The Immigrant”), but unfortunately for Sophie Barthe, her adaptation of “Madame Bovary” is largely bereft of these qualities in any compelling form.

Watch: 10-Minute Stanley Kubrick Tribute 'Kubrick's Poetry'

  • By Oktay Ege Kozak
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  • September 2, 2014 12:44 PM
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Stanley Kubrick Barry Lyndon
It’s impossible to underestimate Stanley Kubrick’s influence on worldwide cinema. Aside from being one of this writer’s favorite directors (in fact, only Akira Kurosawa prevails, by a hair), his immaculate compositions each take full advantage of symmetry and depth. That is perhaps why Vimeo user Marc Müller decided to edit a poetic tribute to Kubrick’s work by juxtaposing some of his most famous shots with five classical pieces he used in his films.

Watch: Brutal, Bloody NSFW Extreme Red Band 'ABCs Of Death 2' Trailer Presents 26 New Ways To Die

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 2, 2014 12:22 PM
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ABCs Of Death 2
Tired of jump scares, weary of reboots, and generally bored by what the horror genre is offering these days? Well, you're sure to find a remedy somewhere in "ABCs Of Death 2," with the anthology series arriving this fall with a fresh sequel, presenting 26 new directors, 26 new ways to die and a red band trailer you will not be able to watch at work.

Martin Scorsese To Direct Casino Ad Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert DeNiro & Brad Pitt

  • By Oktay Ege Kozak
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  • September 2, 2014 11:34 AM
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Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert DeNiro & Brad Pitt
Yes, it’s for commercial purposes, but who doesn’t want to see this team work together? Martin Scorsese will be directing a short film to promote Melco-Crown Entertainment, a global resort and casino brand. The short will star early Scorsese favorite Robert DeNiro, late Scorsese favorite Leonardo Di Caprio and an unknown newcomer named Brad Pitt. Ratpac Entertainment’s Brett Ratner and RSA’s Jules Daly will produce the film.

Park Chan-wook To Direct 'Fingersmith' Adaptation; Watch The Full 2005 BBC Production Starring Sally Hawkins

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 2, 2014 11:06 AM
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Fingersmith Park Chan-wook
After reportedly battling Fox Searchlight over "Stoker," and given the lukewarm response it received from critics and the box office, Park Chan-wook is going back home for his next feature. And it will be another opportunity for the stylish director to put his imprint on a different sub-genre of film.

Watch: New Trailer For 'Monsters: Dark Continent' Brings The Battle To

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 2, 2014 10:38 AM
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Monsters: The Dark Continent
What made Gareth Edwards' "Monsters" so refreshing and "Godzilla" so disappointing is that the former film brought a sense of atmosphere, beauty and awe to the monster movie genre. While Edwards was criticized for playing hide-and-go-seek with the titular creature in this past summer's blockbuster, his feature debut worked because there was no history attached to his creature, and so the mystery sustained much more beautifully and evocatively. But no one really goes to the multiplex these days for those qualities, and so it's not a shock that the Edwards-less sequel "Monsters: The Dark Continent" seems to up the thrills and kill the nuance.

Telluride Review: Ophir Award Nominee 'Dancing Arabs'

  • By Chris Willman
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  • September 2, 2014 10:15 AM
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Dancing Arabs
"Dancing Arabs" indulges in a peculiar kind of late ‘80s/early ‘90s nostalgia: a fond wistfulness for a time in the Middle East when Jews and Arabs mostly despised each other, but actual casualties from terrorism or reprisals were few… friendships across the racial/religious divide were more common… and the dream that a West Bank boy and Israeli girl could date only seemed 99 percent impossible. As quaint longings for a more innocent era go, this beats getting misty over Roxette.

Focus World Picks Up David Cronenberg's 'Maps To The Stars' For 2015 Release, Might Be VOD-Only

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 2, 2014 9:21 AM
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Maps To The Stars
With strong reviews out of the Cannes Film Festival (read ours), appearances at the Toronto International Film Festival and the New York Film Festival on the horizon, and an imminent U.K. release (check out the trailer), you might think that it would be a priority for eOne to get David Cronenberg's "Maps To The Stars" into theaters stateside ASAP. But it appears that's not the case. In fact, the distributor has handed the movie off to Focus World, which means you'll be waiting a lot longer to see this film, and it may not even be on a big screen near you.

Telluride Review: Nick Broomfield's 'Tales Of The Grim Sleeper'

  • By Chris Willman
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  • September 2, 2014 9:00 AM
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Tales of the Grim Sleeper
Nick Broomfield’s new documentary is a little bit "Dateline," a little bit Ferguson. "Tales of the Grim Sleeper" offers up the identity of the titular serial killer in the opening minutes, but it still revolves around a whodunit. Or, really, a who-didn’t-do-anything, since the movie’s central mystery is why the LAPD took decades to find a killer believed to have murdered dozens (maybe hundreds, Broomfield suggests) of african-american prostitutes over a 25-year period in perpetually troubled South Central L.A.

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