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'Days Of Grace' Soundtrack Features Massive Attack With Scarlett Johansson, Atticus Ross, Nick Cave & Warren Ellis And More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 19, 2012 5:10 PM
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"Mexico City. 2002, 2006, 2010. A cop. A hostage. A wife. Corruption, violence, vengeance. Three destinies, during 30 days, during three Soccer World Cups. Three ways to fight in order to survive." This is the synopsis of "Days Of Grace." Starring Eva Longoria, Carlos Bardem (Javier's brother), Miguel Rodarte and Paulina Gaitan, while writer/Director Everardo Gout's first feature doesn't have a U.S. release date yet (it screened out of competition at Cannes last year), it does have a rather interesting soundtrack worth noting and maybe that'll give it extra attention.

The Best & Worst Of SXSW '12: The Playlist's Complete Coverage

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 19, 2012 4:55 PM
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SXSW is officially done for another year. Well, technically, it's been done since Saturday, but it's taken a few days for The Playlist team members to emerge from their BBQ & queso comas. Nevertheless, the film strand of the festival is over and it's time to look forward, to Tribeca, Cannes and whatever else lies beyond.

Richard Linklater & Matthew McConaughey Talk The Odd DNA Of 'Bernie'

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • March 19, 2012 4:52 PM
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Ever since his debut, “Slacker,” earned him a spot on the national filmmaking stage, Richard Linklater has been one of Texas’ favorite sons. It’s certainly helped that so many of his movies not only took place in the state, but paid real and honest tribute to its citizens, without insult or parody. But in “Bernie,” his latest, he skirts that line between celebrating and satirizing Texans with his retelling of the true story of Bernie Tiede, a funeral director who killed an elderly widow and threatened to go free thanks to his hometown’s near-universal affection for the man. Jack Black stars as the title character, and Matthew McConaghey plays the self-aggrandizing prosecutor who despite his legitimate pursuit of justice ultimately proves to be the film’s unexpected villain.

SXSW '12 Review: 'Eden' Is A Gripping Sex Slavery Drama That Isn't As Dour As It Sounds

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 19, 2012 4:46 PM
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Often the problem when making an "issue" movie, wherein you tackle some far-reaching social, systemic, or religious injustice, is that scope often becomes too burdensome, with the given topic often begging for thoughtful, intimate conversation and not the broad strokes that cinema offers. The best issue movies, things like Steven Soderbergh's multi-layered "Traffic," make the central concern seem both universal and incredibly personal, often setting aside crass moralization (the stuff "Crash" was mired in – hey, racism still exists, everybody!) for actual entertainment. "Eden," the Narrative Feature winner at South by Southwest, similarly tackles the issue of sex slavery, but it does so in a way that never feels too clumsy or overarching. Instead, it's a character study with thriller elements; it exposes you to a horrible underworld without ever beating you over the head with it.

Attention NYC: Win The Rialto DVD Box Set & Tickets To 15th Anniversary Screenings At Film Society Of Lincoln Center

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2012 4:23 PM
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While New Yorkers have plenty of opportunity to see classic films on the big screen, you'll be hard pressed to find a lineup as front to back awesome as the Film Society Of Lincoln Center's "15 For 15: Celebrating Rialto Pictures."

Exclusive: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth & Tom Hardy Talk 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' In 3 Clips From The BluRay

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2012 3:19 PM
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While "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" didn't bring home any Oscar gold in February, Tomas Alfredson's expertly calibrated spy thriller proved that the genre can deliver just as much thrills with dialogue, obversation and a deeply intelligent approach, than movies packed with gadgets, martinis, babes and tuxedos. The picture finally earned Gary Oldman his long overdue first Oscar nomination, and brought together an ensemble of Britain's finest acting talents the likes of which we may not ever see again.

Woody Allen's 'Nero Fiddled' Now Titled 'To Rome With Love'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2012 3:09 PM
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First known as "Bop Decameron" before switching over to "Nero Fiddled" last fall, the latest effort from Woody Allen has now settled on its final title.

No One Is From The Future: New Trailer For Zal Batmanglij's 'Sound Of My Voice' Starring Brit Marling

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2012 2:40 PM
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If last year we saw the paranoia and fear of someone leaving a cult in "Martha Marcy May Marlene," in 2012 we'll see those feelings explored from people entering that strange world in "Sound Of My Voice." The film, one of two starring Brit Marling that wowed Sundance audiences in January 2011 (the other being "Another Earth" which hit theaters last summer), is on the way to theaters and after showing off the first twelve minutes a few weeks ago, a standard trailer has arrived, adding another layer of intrigue to the picture.

Vengeful Gods, Slaves & Mere Mortals: Deconstructing The ‘Prometheus’ Trailer

  • By The Playlist
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  • March 19, 2012 2:06 PM
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The trailer for Ridley Scott’s upcoming, much-anticipated sci-fi film, “Prometheus” has landed and pardon our French, but holy shit, it’s rather astounding. Christopher Nolan you’re officially on blast and you may need to raise your game for ‘TDKR’ trailer number two.

SXSW '12 Review: 'Citadel' Is A Sometimes Scary, Sometimes Silly Entry In the Hoodie Horror Sub-Genre

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 19, 2012 1:20 PM
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Over the last few years an interesting subgenre has developed in British horror – dubbed "hoodie horror" by the press and named after the young, urban kids who wear hooded sweatshirts – these films were set primarily in England's low income housing "estates" and played up the fears of "Broken Britain," a term coined by conservative newspaper The Sun, to describe the country's perceived social and moral bankruptcy. Everything from the Michael Caine revenge thriller "Harry Brown" to last year's gleeful South by Southwest smash "Attack the Block" have used elements of this subgenre. "Citadel," which just won the Midnight award at South by Southwest, further explores the fears and anxieties of urban Britain (and Ireland), and the results are sometimes scary, sometimes silly, and always politically questionable.

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