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Review: 'The Snowtown Murders' An Uneven But Still Mesmerizing & Disturbing Serial Killer Thriller

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 29, 2012 1:57 PM
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Both naturally thrilling and grotesquely over-the-top, the feature length debut by Justin Kurzel is certainly unforgettable and at times unnervingly mesmerizing. Based on the true story of Australia's "Body In Barrels" murders, "Snowtown" is structured much like "Animal Kingdom," using an adolescent teenager as a gateway into a world and family (of sorts) that is profoundly disturbing.

Watch: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill & Richard Ayoade Are "Still D.R.E." In Teaser For 'Neighborhood Watch'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 29, 2012 1:53 PM
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Comedy team ups are a tricky thing. Bringing together a bunch of funny people doesn't necessarily mean the end product will be the height of hilarity, and for every "Anchorman" there are countless other comedies that fail to deliver on the promise of the cast. And so, while bringing together Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade is pretty amazing on paper, we have yet to see how their various comedic styles will play together, but in this first look at "Neighborhood Watch" at least sets up the tone for what we might expect.
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Watch: New Trailer For 'Piranha 3DD' Debuts, Makes Us Long For The Glory Days Of 'Piranha 3D'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 29, 2012 1:34 PM
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When "Piranha 3D" debuted at the tail end of the summer of 2010, it took people by surprise, with French filmmakers Alexandre Aja and Gregory Levasseur throwing good taste out the window and instead offering a smorgasbord of outré delights (buckets of blood climaxing in a "Saving Private Ryan"-style beach party massacre and several progressive sexual moments, including a slow motion underwater nude ballet and a severed penis being coughed in the audience's face).

Review: 'The Lorax' Is Cute But Weighed Down By Its Faithfulness To The Source Material

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 29, 2012 1:10 PM
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Adapting a children's book, especially one as beloved (and brief) as Dr. Seuss' gentle eco-fable "The Lorax," is an unenviable task. There's a sliver of narrative that must be expanded, padded, and teased out, while an attempt must be made to maintain all of the things that people love about Dr. Seuss (nee Theodor Geisel) and his books – the sing-songy rhythm, the loop-de-loop design work, the easy surrealism. In short: it's kind of a bitch. Or a snitch. Or a sliver-de-glitch. But the good folks at Illumination Entertainment (who made a surprise hit out of the decidedly under-the-radar "Despicable Me") have done a respectable job bringing "The Lorax" to the screen. It's just a shame that the fidelity to the source material, on both narrative and design levels, seems to have taken the steam out of something that could have been truly special.

Review: 'Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie' Is An Absurdist Blast

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 29, 2012 12:56 PM
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The comedy style that Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim have perfected over five years on their completely bizarre Cartoon Network sketch comedy series "Tim and Eric, Awesome Show Great Job!" goes something like this: they dress up in funny outfits, get a bunch of celebrities (including Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Ted Danson, and Zach Galifianakis) to do the same, layer on screechy or slurpy sound effects, liberally punctuate with lots of screaming or crying, round out the cast with actors that look like they're either homeless or have been rescued from an insane asylum, and edit the entire thing like it's from some psychedelic version of a 1980s cable access channel.

'A Better Life' And 'Twilight: New Moon' Director Chris Weitz To Rewrite Disney's 'Cinderella' For Mark Romanek

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 29, 2012 12:33 PM
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Boy, Disney are keen for us not to give up on their new live-action version of "Cinderella." When first announced a couple of years ago, we were pretty ho-hum: fairy-tale movies were already ten-a-penny after the success of "Alice in Wonderland", and the creative team of producer Simon Kinberg ("Jumper," "This Means War") and writer Aline Brosh McKenna ("The Devil Wears Prada," "Morning Glory") wasn't especially enticing. But last year, the studio announced that "Never Let Me Go" helmer Mark Romanek was attached to direct, and suddenly we got interested.

Review: 'Black Butterflies' Showcases A Life Of Art Overshadowed By A Life Of Sensuality

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 29, 2012 12:00 PM
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Cinema has endured through the years not because it's a good time, or because it's a concise, closed method of storytelling. The format endures because of its innate flexibility, utilizing sound and visuals with the natural storytelling techniques of writers and directors that allows for interpretations and re-interpretations of the very same ideas that shape our other art forms. Not to say it is hierarchically "better" or worse than literature, prose, poetry or illustrated artwork, but it is no less durable. This partly serves as the reason why filmmakers and audiences remain drawn to the dramatized lives of artists, such as Ingrid Jonker, the poet at the heart of "Black Butterflies," as the subject matter allows the medium to penetrate both creator and creation.

Watch: Hulk Smash, Downey Jr. Wisecrack In Full Trailer For Marvel's 'The Avengers'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 29, 2012 11:54 AM
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Last summer saw a fairly major clash of the superheroes, with four movies featuring men in tights battling it out for box office supremacy. Marvel's duo of "Thor" and "Captain America: The First Avenger" won out over "X-Men First Class" and "Green Lantern," but as it turns out, it was all just a warm up for this summer's main event. July will see follow ups to the two biggest superhero movies in history arrive in the shape of "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "The Dark Knight Rises," but they won't have it all to themselves, as May doesn't just bring Thor and Captain America back, but also Iron Man, The Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Nick Fury, for Joss Whedon's "The Avengers."

Paul Dano Reveals The Music Playlists That Help Him Get Into Character Plus 5 Clips From Paul Weitz's 'Being Flynn'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 29, 2012 11:46 AM
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One of the brightest young talents rising right now in Hollywood is Paul Dano. Since breaking out with "Little Miss Sunshine" and "There Will Be Blood," the actor has kept a low profile, preferring supporting roles in bigger films ("Knight And Day," "Cowboys & Aliens") and much smaller indie fare ("For Ellen," "Meek's Cutoff").

First Poster & New Images Arrive For Walter Salles' Long-Awaited 'On The Road' With Sam Riley, Garret Hedlund & Kristen Stewart

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 29, 2012 11:19 AM
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It's been a long journey to get "On The Road" to the screen. The beatnik classic by Jack Kerouac was never going to be an easy translation, but Francis Ford Coppola initially bought the rights over thirty years ago, and worked on the project for decades before eventually handing over the directing reins to "The Motorcycle Diaries" helmer Walter Salles. Even then, it's taken a while: the film shot a year-and-a-half ago, and was expected to land last year, but Salles has refused to be rushed in the editing room.

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