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Criterion Announces 'Being John Malkovich,' 'Certified Copy,' Robert Downey Sr. Box Set & More For May

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 16, 2012 6:18 PM
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Remember all those savings you made buying stuff during Criterion's Valentine's Day half-off sale? Well, get ready to spend it in May as The Criterion Collection is dropping some serious hits.

Watch: Red Band Trailer For 'Friends With Kids' With Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, Megan Fox & Jon Hamm

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 16, 2012 5:51 PM
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While the movie doesn't always work, and overall you wish it had been a little better, this new red band trailer for "Friends With Kids" is a good reminder of why this dramedy is worth tracking down. Buoyed by a staggeringly strong ensemble, when the material clicks, the movie really works and there is more than enough charm to the film to make it worthy of a recommendation.

Watch: 2 Teaser Trailers For Julie Delpy's '2 Days In New York' With Chris Rock

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 16, 2012 5:19 PM
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Get ready for another 48 hours with Julie Delpy, as the actress/writer/director has returned with "2 Days In New York," her follow up to "2 Days In Paris." And if you couldn't make it Sundance, you can get your first feel for the film thanks to some new teaser trailers that have landed.

Watch: Jonah Hill & Channing Tatum Finger Each Other In Clips From '21 Jump Street'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 16, 2012 4:59 PM
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The sound in your ear is the buzz around "21 Jump Street." The upcoming, foul-mouthed comedy starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum has been screening early, and some of us here at the office caught it. Let's just say you will not be disappointed. At all.

Watch: U.K. TV Spot Plus New Pics For Robert Pattinson's 'Bel Ami'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 16, 2012 4:24 PM
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You'll be getting our review from the Berlin Film Festival on "Bel Ami" soon, but until then, the jury is still out on the latest non-"Twilight" venture for Robert Pattinson, one that finds him scruffing up his tween sweetheart image to play a character that he describes as "a shit."
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Director Josh Trank Discusses His Found-Footage Film 'Chronicle' & His Concerns About Doing A Sequel

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 16, 2012 3:54 PM
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You've wowed Hollywood with your daring, genre-defying action film. You've got the critics on your side. You made the film on a tiny budget. And now, you've got a hit. What do you do next? Most would pursue the sequel route, particularly with something like "Chronicle," the found-footage drama revolving around three superpowered teens. But twenty-six-year-old director Josh Trank isn't exactly sure he wants to go down that path.

Berlinale 2012 Review: Try As it Might, 'Cherry' Fails To Convince Us That A Career In Porn Is The Best Idea Ever

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 16, 2012 3:32 PM
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That the film is co-written from the sympathetic point of view of porn actress Lorelei Lee (who also takes a small cameo role) couldn’t be clearer in co-writer/director Stephen Elliott’s debut feature “Cherry.” Ostensibly a fairly familiar tale of a good girl getting slowly pulled into the seamy world of pornography, its unusual tack (that this is, in fact, a good thing) may sound intriguing but it gets wearing pronto; some decent performances cannot clear the air of the musky odor of porn apologism. The industry depicted here is one of clean surfaces, make up room camaraderie, and a startling lack of seediness, and Cherry/Angelina’s choice to join it is presented as an empowered, sensible decision.

Watch: Paul Rudd & Jennifer Aniston In 2 Clips & Red Band Trailer For 'Wanderlust' Plus Batch Of New Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 16, 2012 3:18 PM
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It seems in 2012 so far, movie audiences are choosing grim fare. "The Devil Inside," "Contraband," "Underworld: Awakening" and "The Grey" all topped the box office, with "Safe House" coming in a close second last weekend. But if you're looking for something lighter on your next trip to the multiplex, "Wanderlust" should fit the bill.
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'John Carter' Producer Jim Morris Confirms Sequel 'John Carter: The Gods Of Mars' Already In The Works

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 16, 2012 2:30 PM
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Well, this is not really all that much of a surprise considering it's now a standard practice. For anyone who has been paying attention in 2011, major projects like "Real Steel" and "Green Lantern" were already talking about sequels long before they hit theaters. Studios are all about franchises right now, and they don't want to be waiting around for years for a sequel should a movie turn out to be a big hit. Thus, with press assembled right now in Arizona for a massive "John Carter" pow wow with everyone involved with the movie, talk of a followup is already in the air.

"For Me, There Was No Character": Isabelle Huppert Discusses The Making Of Brillante Mendoza's 'Captive'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 16, 2012 2:06 PM
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Few actresses are quite as fearless as Isabelle Huppert. She's been a near-legend for going on forty years, but has never taken a paycheck job, preferring to seek out challenging work with some of international cinema's most uncompromising auteurs. And that's embodied neatly in "Captive," her collaboration with Filipino filmmaker Brillante Mendoza, which just premiered at the Berlin Film Festival.

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