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Tribeca Review: 'Jack And Diane' An Unsatisfying & Empty Relationship Movie

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • April 21, 2012 9:59 AM
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Though the descriptor "werewolf-lesbian-psycho-drama" piqued immense interest when word first got out, Bradley Rust Gray's "Jack And Diane" doesn't follow through on its weirdo/intriguing premise. Little work is done from the get-go to make the emotional connection between the titular characters feel believable (a huge error considering the movie's core is based around this relationship), and without that rational groundwork, the film feels forced and hollow for most of its duration.

Watch: Black Peonies Are Bigger In Red Band Trailer For 'The Five-Year Engagement'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 20, 2012 6:03 PM
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Getting married is one thing, but you have to get to the altar first, and it's that journey that serves as the center of yet another winning Judd Apatow production, in Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller's "The Five-Year Engagement." The film opened the Tribeca Film Festival a couple of days ago and hits theaters next week, and as we noted in our review, the film is "sweet and touching" and hits all the right comic notes you can expect.

In Theaters: 'Marley' Is 'The Lucky One' While We Say 'Goodbye First Love' To 'Think Like A Man' & Peruse 'The Moth Diaries'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • April 20, 2012 5:58 PM
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Spring is here, folks! New love and life are upon us now that the dreary, ice-cold fingers of winter have withdrawn. Loosely translated into the logic of releasing films, this means documentaries and romance melodramas abound! They pop up from studios like daisies from freshly hoed lawns. Head to theaters this weekend and take in the sweet love of soldiers, vampires, Rastafarians, and even chimpanzees. And don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers on your way.

Review: '96 Minutes' Is About An Hour And A Half Too Long

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 20, 2012 5:41 PM
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You might as well be prepared: “96 Minutes” is one of those multi-strand indie movies where the chronology is distorted, and you spend the runtime putting the pieces back together. You may be interested in just how every piece fits, how we got to a girl bleeding out in the backseat of a car (probably not). But it doesn’t matter, since the same complaint for this film is the one that can be used for others of its ilk, that being that none of these stories hold up on their own. But forget all that: we need to talk about Kevin.

'Horrible Bosses' Director Seth Gordon Attached To Disney's RomCom 'Ground Control To Major Tom'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 20, 2012 5:23 PM
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Seth Gordon, we like you. We ranked "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters" very high on our Best Documentaries of the Decade list (the aughts) and its still holds up. While you didn't end up directing "Celeste And Jesse Forever" and you still have yet to make "The Only Living Boy in New York" and "Identity Thief" (your next project which starts shooting next week), they all sound like interesting projects which suggests you have good taste. Strengthening that posit is your TV work. You've directed good episodes of sitcoms we enjoy like "Parks and Recreation," "Community" and “The Office,” and assume you could knock a “30 Rock” ep out of the park given half the chance.

Watch: Anne Hathaway & Hugh Jackman Sing The Finale Of 'Les Miserables'; Plus First Look Amanda Seyfried In The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 20, 2012 3:59 PM
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From sensual Catwoman to....not so sensual Fantine. Tom Hooper's big, Oscar-baiting musical "Les Miserables" continues to roll in front of cameras, and the press and paparazzi continue to be out in full force. Not only do we get a first look at remarkably skinny Anne Hathaway as Fantine, also boasting a rather rough-hewn hairstyle, Amanda Seyfried has also been snapped on set as Cosette. But perhaps the greatest bit is some video that has captured the best look at the film yet.

Taylor Swift & Alison Pill Being Lined Up To Play Joni Mitchell & Carole King In 'Girls Like Us'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 20, 2012 3:42 PM
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Casting anybody in the roles of the legendary Joni Mitchell and Carole King was always going to be a difficult task, but these choices -- well, one in particular -- will be sure to draw some interesting scrutiny and controversy.

WB Moves Forward With 'Lobo' With 'Journey 2' Director Brad Peyton

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 20, 2012 3:29 PM
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The cinematic Marvel-DC "arms race" is a bit of an illusion, since Marvel has leased their properties to many other studios, and DC's characters all exist underneath the Warner Bros. banner. Still, WB is smart enough to know that superheroes sell right now, and with the departure of "Harry Potter," the end of the Chris Nolan "Batman" films, and a final "Hangover" hitting next summer, they're clearly hard-up for franchises right now. Which is why DC and the WB are partnering to bring "The Flash" "Wonder Woman" "Lobo" to the big screen, with the help of the visionary auteur behind "Cats And Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore."

'Crazy Stupid Love' Helmers Glenn Ficarra & John Requa Want Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone To Reunite For Grifter Comedy 'Focus'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 20, 2012 3:06 PM
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Pairing up hot young things Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a movie together is a no brainer, and Warner Bros. has done it twice already, first with last summer's hit comedy "Crazy, Stupid, Love" and then in the upcoming (and now undated) "Gangster Squad." And if 'Crazy' directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa get their way, the studio will once again reunite the duo.

Character Actor Titus Welliver Heads To Gus Van Sant's 'The Promised Land'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • April 20, 2012 2:45 PM
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Recognize that face, but don't know his name? Don't worry, this actor is definitely one of those "hey, it's that guy" dudes. A television regular having featured on shows such as "Deadwood," "Sons Of Anarchy" and "Lost," character actor Titus Welliver is someone you would have come across on the small screen, but he's also teamed with the Afflecks on all three of Ben's directorial efforts including the upcoming "Argo." The actor is now set to complete the Boston trifecta, joining Matt Damon in Gus Van Sant's upcoming "Promised Land."

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