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Review: 'Family Affair' Is A Haunting Interrogation Into The Dissolution of A Family & A Portrait of Abuse Victims You Won’t Soon Forget

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • February 29, 2012 3:57 PM
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A single shot was all it took to alter the course of one family mired in a quicksand of abuse and psychological manipulation. “Family Affair” begins with this one shot, an explosion of energy, an unconscious cry for help, the catalyst for upheaval. The film, directed by Chico David Colvard, is an exploration, an interrogation into the abuse, violence, dissolution of his family, and the forces that bind them and bring them back together. The opening sequence combines the recorded memories of Colvard and his sisters, over images of the classic TV show "The Rifleman," describing the incident where Colvard, at age 10, trying to emulate his TV hero, picked up one of the loaded rifles his father had throughout the house, and accidentally shot his sister Paula in the thigh. Her leg (eventually) healed. The secrets that came out as a result of this accident have been haunting the family ever since.

Is The Media Being Unfair To 'John Carter'? Brad Bird Thinks So

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 29, 2012 3:52 PM
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With Disney's expensive, years-in-the-making adaptation of "John Carter" finally hitting theaters next week, the buzz has both been very loud, and not all positive either. Fanboys were miffed when Disney, in a bid to make the sci-fi movie more broadly appealing, changed the title from the original "John Carter of Mars" to simply "John Carter." Rumors swirled of a massive $300 million budget, reshoots, and in recent weeks, soft tracking indicating the film may not be the blockbuster the studio is hoping for. But the filmmakers are starting to fight back. Director Andrew Stanton addressed the budget rumors calling them a "complete and utter lie" and today, the helmer's Pixar pal Brad Bird (likely part of the braintrust who served as advisers on the film) hit Twitter to lash out at the media, and what he perceives as a tar and feather campaign against the picture.

The Films Of Hal Hartley: A Retrospective

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  • February 29, 2012 3:00 PM
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Imagine if Woody Allen, Whit Stillman, Kevin Smith and the Sundance Institute had a love child. This ungainly creature, speaking in witty, heightened, unnaturalistic sentences, and ambling, sometimes shambling between comedy, tragedy and pretension, might very well go on to make films that greatly resemble those of Hal Hartley.

The Cast & Creators Of 'The Adventures Of Pete & Pete' Reunite In NYC To Discuss Their Cult '90s Show

  • By Cory Everett
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  • February 29, 2012 2:57 PM
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If you were a kid who grew up during the '90s, chances are you were probably watching either MTV or Nickelodeon to get your fix of entertainment for the day. And if you watched Nickelodeon, you were probably a fan of “The Adventures of Pete & Pete,” the oddball series featuring two brothers both named Pete and their sometimes surreal adventures growing up in the suburb of Wellsville. Created by Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi -- who were working in the promo department at the still-fledgling network -- 'Pete & Pete' had begun as a series of shorts in 1989 before becoming a regular series several years later. But this wasn’t just any kids program.

Emma Watson To Star In Sofia Coppola's Next Film 'The Bling Ring'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 29, 2012 2:46 PM
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...and just like that, Emma Watson has quickly and boldly distanced herself from Hermione. Now that the franchise is over, the "Harry Potter" actress has been making strides to distance herself from the character she's best known for. And she's been making smart moves. She took a small (if thankless) role in "My Week With Marilyn," has the teen drama "Perks of Being a Wallflower" on the way this year, will next star in 'Potter' helmer David Yates' depression drama "Your Voice In My Head" and recently signed on to the lead in Guillermo del Toro's "Beauty and the Beast." And yet again, she's made another great move.

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.

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