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Review: 'Louder Than A Bomb' An Entertaining, Soulful Look At The High School Slam Poetry Scene

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • January 5, 2012 12:56 PM
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Slam poetry. It can be a misunderstood art form, exalted in places like Def Poetry Jam, or snubbed as a silly high school phase. But what Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel's documentary "Louder Than A Bomb" does so well, is point out how something like slam poetry can offer an outlet, and a way out, for kids trapped in their circumstances. The film follows the Chicago area high school slam poetry competition of the same name, during a particularly dramatic and glorious run in the fall of 2007 and spring of 2008. Focusing on four teens from different Chicago high schools and their experiences with the Louder Than A Bomb competition, the film offers a look into this world and the impact it has on the lives of its participants. The four teen poets-- Lamar, Nova, Nate and Adam-- are clearly the standouts of the competition itself, true success stories for what their high school slam poetry teams have done for them. Framed as a real competition doc, it's an entertaining, soulful look at this significant event in the lives of these young people.
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Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman Return To Direct 'Paranormal Activity 4,' Hits Theaters On October 19th

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 5, 2012 12:35 PM
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It looks like Paramount loves Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. Fresh off the announcement that "Paranormal Activty 4" would be coming to theaters this year, Paramount is moving fast, mostly because they have to, with Bloody Disgusting reporting that the studio has re-hired the directing pair to crank out another cheapie movie fast.

Review: 'Once Upon A Time In Anatolia' A Masterful, Slow-Burn Epic

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • January 5, 2012 12:05 PM
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Minimalist art filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan spent a long time crafting very personal and breathtakingly photographed tales. His work has never been big on plot, nor have they ever been anything other than glacially paced. Indeed, his general aesthetic isn't very welcoming to the impatient, though those willing to give their attention are always struck by something special. His black and white debut "The Town" is a real toughie, containing less of a story and more of a collection of moments -- but without the presence of a narrative, Ceylan is free to discover and exhibit universal beauty that isn't dependent on deep characters or drama. A "scene" in a classroom becomes magical when a feather floats into the room, with a few children continually blowing it to stay in the air. Let the tales be told elsewhere, because without being too pretentious, this was life he was capturing in its most undiluted form.

She's Here: New Clip, Trailer & Pics From Steven Soderbergh's 'Haywire'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 5, 2012 11:48 AM
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For a guy who is set to retire/take a hiatus from filmmaking, Steven Soderbergh couldn't be more busy. "Contagion" just hit theaters last fall, the stripper pic "Magic Mike" is wrapped and headed to theaters this summer, and oh yeah, he's got another movie, finished for a while now, hitting the multiplex in just a couple of weeks. It's called "Haywire" and it will kick your ass.

So, Kanye West Might Be The "Creative Director" Of 'The Jetsons' Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 5, 2012 11:26 AM
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If you were anywhere near Twitter last night, you likely got wind of Kanye West's massive purging session on the social media site, and while we could spend all day digging up nuggets of the rapper's usually golden comments, there is one that Movieline noticed which is certainly...interesting.

MPI Finally Bringing Guillaume Canet's 'Little White Lies' Starring Marion Cotillard & Jean Dujardin To The U.S.

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 5, 2012 11:24 AM
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It has been a long wait for the stateside release of Guillaume Canet's "Little White Lies," his followup to the smash sensation "Tell No One." And it's bit baffling why it's taken this long. The picture premiered at TIFF way back in 2010, and became a bit hit in its native France, and the film soon found releases in Canada and the U.K., but a U.S. deal didn't seem to materialize for whatever strange reason. We can only guess its lengthy 154-minute running put folks off (it's hard to get people to sit and watch a subtitled movie, let alone one that's two-and-a-half hours long), but now that it's coming, you should make some time to catch up with it.

Tran Anh Hung Talks His "Deep Spiritual Connection" With 'Norwegian Wood,' Says His Next Film Will Be His French Language Debut

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 5, 2012 11:04 AM
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Bold is the filmmaker who would tackle the prose of cult novelist Haruki Murakami. Though Jun Ichikawa found success adapting the short story "Tony Takitani," most of Murakami's work is desolate and blackly humorous, centered on characters struggling with loneliness in a politically-troubled, often surreal world. That didn't stop Tran Anh Hung, the director of "The Scent Of Green Papaya," who brings us his long-in-the-works adaptation of the moody novel "Norwegian Wood."

'The Night Flier' Writer/Director Mark Pavia Working On A New Stephen King Anthology Film

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • January 5, 2012 10:51 AM
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Stephen King is best known as one of the most prolific writers of pop horror novels, whose material has served as the foundation for numerous film adaptations (“The Shining,” “The Shawshank Redemption,” “Stand By Me”) and television series ("Bag Of Bones"). And it's far from over.

The Playlist's Most Anticipated Escapist/Popcorn Films Of 2012

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 5, 2012 10:31 AM
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Admittedly, Team Playlist is an oddball collection of cinephiles, snobs and genre-dorks, sometimes only unified by one thing: a healthy dose of skepticism in a world largely occupied by wishful-thinking fanboys. But this diversity means that we can be at once cynical optimists and optimistic cynics.

Matt Damon Drops Out Of Directorial Debut, But May Still Star In It

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 5, 2012 10:19 AM
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Matt Damon has been a busy, busy man. He spent most of the fall juggling a very full calendar, stumping for two films ("Contagion" and "We Bought A Zoo") while also filming Neill Blomkamp's massive and mysterious sci-fi project "Elysium." The plan was that heading into the New Year, he would transition behind the camera to take on his directorial debut, but it appears there has been a change.

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