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SFIFF Review: Caveh Zahedi's 'The Sheik And I' Creates A Compelling, Subversive & Ethical Puzzle

  • By Sean Gillane
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  • May 2, 2012 2:04 PM
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In “The Sheik and I” director Caveh Zahedi once again turns the camera on himself, this time as he chronicles his attempts to create and exhibit a film commissioned by the Sheik of Sharjah for the emirate’s art biennial. The film is stitched together with Zahedi’s after-the-fact recalling and contextualization of the events of the production, along with behind-the-scenes style footage, brief glimpses at the film within a film that Zahedi is supposedly originally creating, unpolished animated sequences, and even just white text on a black screen (for when the cameras run out of batteries, which appears is often due to Zahedi’s always-be-rolling approach).

Clever Infographic Summarizes 'The Social Network' Via Facebook Timeline

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 2, 2012 1:41 PM
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"People want to go online and check out their friends, so why not build a website that offers that? Friends, pictures, profiles, whatever you can visit, browse around, maybe it's someone you just met at a party. Eduardo, I'm not talking about a dating site, I'm talking about taking the entire social experience of college and putting it online." -- Mark Zuckerberg, "The Social Network"

New Trailer, Poster & Photos For Sundance Darling & Cannes Contender 'Beasts Of The Southern Wild'

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • May 2, 2012 1:10 PM
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It's no secret that we're fans of director Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts of the Southern Wild," given our glowing review form Sundance and early prediction that the indie has an outside chance of riding its current momentum into a Oscar nomination. Of course, we're not alone, as 'Beasts' took the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance earlier this year and, a few weeks ago, was announced as one of the films that would compete in Cannes Film Festival's Un Certain Regard section later this month. In the meantime, however, a new poster and several photos from the film have arrived online.

Ridley Scott Says 'Prometheus' Is " '2001' On Steroids" Plus New Pics & Terrifying Audio From The Crew

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 2, 2012 12:46 PM
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Need any more convincing that "Prometheus" is going to blow your balls off? How about this: “ [It's] ‘2001’ on steroids.”

The Films Of Richard Linklater: A Retrospective

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 2, 2012 12:37 PM
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Given that he's one of the more diverse and prolific filmmakers out there, it's been a disappointingly long four years without a new movie from Richard Linklater ("Me And Orson Welles" premiered at TIFF in 2008). Fortunately, the Austin, Texas-based filmmaker is back with "Bernie," a dark comedy which reunites him two of his most memorable leads, Jack Black and Matthew McConaughey, and it has picked up strong reviews and, opening in limited release last Friday, has been performing surprisingly well at the box office.

Review: '65_Redroses' A Compelling, Inspiring Doc That Will Make You Want To Take A Breath & Appreciate Those Roses

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • May 2, 2012 12:02 PM
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Take a deep breath. Unless you have cystic fibrosis, this is probably something you take for granted. About halfway through the documentary "65_Redroses," which documents the life of CF sufferer Eva Markvoort, you might find yourself gasping for air, if only to relish in your ability to do so. "65_Redroses" refers to Eva's online handle with which she communicates with other CF patients, and her connections with them are an integral part of her story. But the spine of the film belongs to Eva, as she is such a compelling and arresting persona from the outset, that audiences can't help but be drawn in by her.

Elijah Wood Will Play 'Grand Piano' & Pierce Brosnan Joins 'The Coup' With Owen Wilson

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • May 2, 2012 11:40 AM
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Amid lots of “Fast & Furious 6” casting and speculation – Luke Evans? Really? – it’s nice to be able to report on some definitive (and high-profile) casting on a couple of upcoming movies. Pierce Brosnan and Elijah Wood have each lined up a new project, and we can tell you a little bit about those roles.

'Moonrise Kingdom' Soundtrack Features Françoise Hardy, Hank Williams, Alexandre Desplat & Lots Of Classical Music

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 2, 2012 11:26 AM
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It just over two weeks the verdict will be in for Wes Anderson's Cannes Film Festival opener "Moonrise Kingdom" and the fact that it's the director's first period film (taking place in the '60s) isn't the only major change fans can expect.

Second End Credits Scene Will Be Shown With 'The Avengers' Starting This Weekend

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 2, 2012 10:58 AM
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It looks like we finally found out what Joss Whedon and the gang were up when it was revealed a few weeks ago, shortly after "The Avengers" Hollywood premiere, that the cast was quickly reconvening to shoot an extra scene for the movie. While the film has already rolled out internationally, earning megabucks and has even played to fans here with an extra credits sequence, it looks like a second one has been added. A nice way to double dip on those fanboy bucks from those who managed to see it early.

Hot Docs Review: 'The Final Member' Is Fascinating Phallic Fun

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 2, 2012 10:58 AM
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There are few movies this year where you'll see a man get the stars and stripes of the American flag tattooed on the head of his penis. But then again, there are few documentaries like "The Final Member," a warm look at a quirky subject that gets to the human story behind it.

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