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Tribeca Review: 'Miss Meadows' Starring Katie Homes And James Badge Dale

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 23, 2014 10:05 AM
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Miss Meadows
Moviegoers who are slaves to genre aren't going to have much love for the legitimately out-of-control “Miss Meadows." This whatsit begins with a prim and proper maiden talking to CGI squirrels and birds before firing a pistol into the throat of an obvious sex offender in the middle of a sunny suburban street. The victim isn't sleazy enough to be funny, the violence is too glib to be serious, and there's, overall, a jarring divide occurring here. Immediately, the knee-jerk reaction is to say this doesn't work.

Doug Liman Lines Up Futuristic 'Railhead,' Len Wiseman Goes Supernatural With 'Black Chapter' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • April 23, 2014 9:39 AM
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Doug Liman’s first feature-length directorial outing in four years, the Tom Cruise-starring sci-fi blockbuster “Edge of Tomorrow,” sees release later this year and the “Bourne Identity” director isn’t wasting time in lining up a follow-up gig. THR reports Liman is being courted by Warner Bros. to helm an adaptation of the forthcoming children’s novel “Railhead.”

Fox Bringing 'Flash Gordon' Back To The Big Screen

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • April 23, 2014 9:18 AM
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Flash Gordon
It should come as no surprise in this current age of tentpole filmmaking, where studios are hoarding every pre-existing property they can get their hands on, that we’d eventually get to a point past diminished returns, where it makes no sense to repackage a film/TV show/what have you for modern audiences since the property is so obscure or dated that most audiences won’t care or even fail to recognize it. Yet here we are, at a point were there are serious plans to bring back “Flash Gordon” to the big screen.

Watch: All Roads Lead To Rome In New Trailer For 'The Trip To Italy' With Steve Coogan & Rob Brydon

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 23, 2014 9:05 AM
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The Trip to Italy
The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and soon it will be the season of roadtrips and vacations. But if you're not able to get away, hanging out with Steven Coogan and Rob Brydon as they galavant around Italy might be the next best thing.

Review: Terrifying, Suspenseful Thriller 'Blue Ruin'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 22, 2014 6:59 PM
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Blue Ruin
Dwight (Macon Blair), the lead character of “Blue Ruin,” is a haggard, defeated, middle-aged man. His clothing clings to him, as if to avoid callously slipping to the ground. His beard seems to have formed on his face the way weeds gather on undernourished lawns. One of our first glimpses of his eyes come from the way they gape when he finds out people are home, and he’s naked in the bath. His mad dash reveals this is not his house. But those eyes remain troubled even when he’s not using the homes and resources of others. The sense is that Dwight hasn’t been home for years, and he hasn’t felt at home within himself for even longer.

Tribeca Review: Amy Berg’s ‘Every Secret Thing’ Starring Elizabeth Banks, Dakota Fanning & Diane Lane

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • April 22, 2014 5:38 PM
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Pitched somewhere between a David Fincher crime procedural, a Denis Lehane suspense novel and a “Mommie Dearest” melodrama, documentarian Amy Berg’s move into the feature-length world of dramatic narrative is by nature of the material, an uneven one. It’s not for want of trying, however. Making her narrative debut here, Berg directs the hell out of every crime segment in the film, and there’s a strong level of craft in sequences that would make Fincher and “Se7en” DP Darius Khondji proud. And Nicole Holofcener’s adaptation of the book doesn’t have any real egregious material, at least not in its dialogue.

Jessica Chastain Is Marilyn Monroe In Andrew Dominik's 'Blonde'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2014 5:24 PM
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The Help Jessica Chastain
The last we heard about Andrew Dominik's long brewing Marilyn Monroe biopic "Blonde," was that it was "good to go" with a shoot aiming for this August. But we had been down this road before when plans were afoot to shoot the movie in 2013, with Naomi Watts in the lead. Well, that actress dropped out a while ago and another has come in, and we think it's a pretty great choice.

Author Gillian Flynn Says Reports Of Changes From Book For David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' Are "Greatly Exaggerated"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2014 4:53 PM
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Gone Girl Ben Affleck
At the beginning of the year, word emerged that David Fincher's "Gone Girl," based on the best-seller by Gillian Flynn, would throw fans for a loop by switching up the ending. “Ben [Affleck] was so shocked by it. He would say, ‘This is a whole new third act! She literally threw that third act out and started from scratch,’” the author herself told EW at the time. But hitting a Reddit AMA today, she tempered her comments a bit.

Watch: HBO Perfectly Captures Awkwardness Of Watching Sex Scenes With Your Parents In Series Of HBO Go Ads

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2014 4:22 PM
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True Detective
There you are, watching "True Detective" when a pair of handcuffs comes out, as you turn in horror and realize your parents are sitting next to you. The room becomes deathly, uncomfortably silent as Woody Harrelson and Alexandra Daddario indulge in their various kinks, while you pray for the scene to end. Yes, watching sex scenes with your parents is hugely awkward, and odds are if you're watching any of the hit HBO shows—"Game Of Thrones" and "Girls" particularly—the risk of nudity, groaning and lots of skin runs pretty high. But the cable network has a solution for you.

Watch: New Trailer For Sundance Comedy 'Ping Pong Summer' With Susan Sarandon, Amy Sedaris & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2014 3:31 PM
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Ping Pong Summer
You try and do what you can at film festivals, and sometimes scheduling sleeping/eating/screenings just doesn't work out. So this past January at Sundance, "Ping Pong Summer" just didn't make it onto our radar, but the buzz seemed to be good both there and at SXSW (where we missed it again), but the movie is coming to theaters so perhaps finally we'll see this thing.

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