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Review: 'Project X' A Wild Party That Can't Sustain The Buzz

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • March 1, 2012 5:05 PM
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Despite the plodding narrative veering wildly between stagnant humor and maudlin interjections, Todd Phillips’ "Due Date" demonstrates in one scene both the appeal and increasingly mean-spirited worldview that the filmmaker has traded in following the success of "The Hangover." It comes when Robert Downey Jr., provoked repeatedly by a bratty child, unleashes a swift punch out of nowhere to his gut, a calm look of manic glee in the actor’s eye as the boy crumples to the floor.

Exclusive: Poster For Omar Rodriguez Lopez's 'Los Chidos' Premiering at SXSW

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • March 1, 2012 4:58 PM
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Music and film worlds will be overlapping in more ways than one at this year's SXSW Film Festival, and we've got the exclusive poster debut of Mars Volta guitarist Omar Rodriguez Lopez's feature film "Los Chidos," which will be making its debut in the narrative feature competion. Surprise surprise, this is the fifth film he's directed, but only the second one to be seen on the fest circuit. His previous effort, "The Sentimental Engine Slayer" played numerous festivals around the world, and was financed by Red Hot Chili Peppers axeman John Frusciante.

David Chase's Period-Based Music Movie Now Titled 'Not Fade Away'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 1, 2012 4:58 PM
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Formerly called "The Twylight Zones," then going without a title for a while, it looks like the upcoming period-based music movie from "The Sopranos" creator David Chase has a fresh moniker, and it's one keeping very much in line with the backbeat of the film.

Review: 'The Salt Of Life' Is A Breezy, Charming Comedy About Growing Old

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • March 1, 2012 4:14 PM
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To be sure, Grampa Simpson would be conflicted with “The Salt of Life.” On the one hand, he’d certainly appreciate that Gianni, the recently retired protagonist of the film, is by no means vibrant or fun loving (even if he is lovable), and he’s clearly a bit resentful and bitter with the natural passing of time. But on the other, one could easily describe Gianni as the kind of ubiquitous “sex maniac” he complains of in the quote above, from a Season 1 episode. Whether Abe would approve or not, though, we found this breezy, but never slight Italian comedy to be a real treat.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead Joins Increasingly Awesome Cast Of 'A.C.O.D.'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 1, 2012 3:48 PM
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Coming off rave reviews at Sundance for her performance in the alcoholism drama "Smashed," we had hoped that Mary Elizabeth Winstead's career would begin to broaden beyond the genre parts she always seems to get. And while her first booking post-Park City was in the psychological thriller "The Darkness" from "The Last Exorcism" director Daniel Stamm, this latest gig is exactly the change of pace we were hoping for.

Watch: Return To New Zealand In New Video Blog From Peter Jackson For 'The Hobbit'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 1, 2012 3:29 PM
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Getting tired of winter blahs? Well, Peter Jackson has the remedy, and while it's not exactly the same as being there, his latest videoblog from New Zealand on the set of "The Hobbit" films is a nice mini-vacation.

Exclusive: Watch Kevin Pollak Do A Christopher Walken Impression To Describe His Character In 'Columbus Circle'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 1, 2012 3:02 PM
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It seems almost everyone has a Christopher Walken impression they can bust out, and given that actor's distinct tone and cadence, it's a fun one to do. Folks as wide ranging as Bradley Cooper, Kevin Spacey and Jay Mohr have done them, but ranking right up there is Kevin Pollak. And with his latest film "Columbus Circle" hitting stores next week, he's here to tell you about this character, as only Walken himself would say it.

'American Horror Story' Star Taissa Farmiga Joins Sofia Coppola's 'The Bling Ring'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 1, 2012 2:54 PM
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Sofia Coppola continues to align herself with burgeoning talent, and just a day after she nabbed Emma Watson for her next film "The Bling Ring" she's picked up a fresh face to join the cast.

Sony Pictures Classics Pick Up 'West Of Memphis' Documentary

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • March 1, 2012 2:21 PM
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Now one of the most infamous tales of wrongful convictions and the complete failure of the American judicial system, the case of the West Memphis Three has been chronicled in the “Paradise Lost” film series, which revealed the struggles of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr. as they deal with being falsely accused and convicted in the murder of three children. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg had her own film “West of Memphis” debut at Sundance in January, which we called an exhausting and exhaustive chronicle of justice, which has finally been acquired for release.

Could 'The Dark Knight Rises' & 'The Master' Be Contenders? We Prematurely Predict The 2013 Best Picture Oscar Nominees

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 1, 2012 2:03 PM
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As you might have noticed, the 2011/2012 awards season is finally over: the Oscars were on Sunday night, "The Artist" was the big winner, Meryl Streep finally got her third statuette, and "Hugo" basically won everything else. And so we get to put all this talk of what might get nominated, what might win, and who will definitely win, to bed for a year.

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