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In Theaters: 'Cowboys & Aliens' & 'Smurfs,' Oh My!

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • July 29, 2011 6:05 AM
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Listen, I know what you expect from me. After last week's showing, you're expecting me to wax poetic about Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling and all the man beauty at the box office. Nope. What Chris Evans and I have is special and beautiful and I will not sully it with that cad, Ryan. I will leave that salivating to the male portion of the Playlist, as Mr. Gosling is the designated man crush. I don't need to build him up anymore than the rest of these dudes have. He's a great actor with a wonderful sense of personal style. THE END. All I will say about Mr. Craig is that I hope his bum is insured by Lloyd's of London for as much as J. Lo's booty. Anyway! In theaters this week! The improbably premised "Cowboys & Aliens"! Rom-com for men, "Crazy, Stupid Love"! "The Smurfs".... You know it's not a week without a dumb movie for children! Let's do it to it.

The Films Of Rainer Werner Fassbinder: A Retrospective

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 29, 2011 5:39 AM
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"I'd like to be for cinema what Shakespeare was for theatre, Marx for politics and Freud for psychology: someone after whom nothing is as it used to be,” German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder once declared, likely half-seriously, half facetiously.

Jason Reitman's 'Young Adult' Will Apparently Skip The Fall Festival Circuit

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 29, 2011 5:21 AM
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There is no denying that the fall festival circuit has been very good to director Jason Reitman. Both "Juno" and "Up In The Air" premiered at Telluride, wowed crowds at TIFF and built on that momentum to have very successful awards season runs. With this latest film now slated for December release, it seemed only logical for "Young Adult" to repeat the route taken by his previous efforts. But, both TIFF and Venice announced their first wave of titles this week and there was no mention of Reitman's film at all and it looks like those hoping to get an early glance at the film will be out of luck.

Review: 'Assassination Games' Presents Direct-To-DVD Action On The Big Screen

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 29, 2011 4:56 AM
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Inexplicably hustling into (limited) theaters this weekend is “Assassination Games,” a hitman actioner the likes of which you’ve seen before. Jean-Claude Van Damme is the big name attached, but the “star” is martial artist Scott Adkins. Together the two cinematic pugilists have been cutting a swath through the world of direct-to-DVD action, though Van Damme has dabbled in the mainstream a bit more as of late. So, to some, this is a momentous match-up.

The Amazing Race: 10 Dark Horses That Could Shake Up The Awards Season

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 29, 2011 4:27 AM
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Last time we talked about the awards race, we were halfway through the year, and it was anyone's game, with only a handful of even vaguely serious contenders emerging both from wide releases, and from the festivals up to Cannes. Our conclusion was that only "Midnight in Paris," "The Artist" and "The Tree of Life" were real contenders, with a handful of other films looking like they might pick up nominations here and there, but unlikely to be in the final ten.

Exclusive: U.S. Poster For 'Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 29, 2011 4:03 AM
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What is there to say about Serge Gainsbourg that hasn't already been said? The musical legend, sex symbol, French icon and troublemaker left an incredible and distinct mark on the musical landscape, influencing a whole generation of musicians. And now his life has received the big screen treatment.

Interview: 'Life In A Day' Director Kevin Macdonald Talks The Influence Of 'Listen To Britain' Docs

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 29, 2011 3:21 AM
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Working With Matthew Hebert, Ridley Scott & More From The Filmmaker"Life In A Day," the jaw-dropping new documentary, edits 4,500 hours of YouTube footage, submitted from people just like you, into a cohesive whole about our globalized lives and intimate love affair with everyday technology. The man tasked with corralling that footage was Kevin Macdonald, a talented filmmaker who oscillates gamely between documentaries (like the Oscar-winning "Munich" precursor "One Day in September") and narrative features ("Last King of Scotland," the outrageously underrated "State of Play").

Kevin Bacon Wants To Get 'R.I.P.D.'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 29, 2011 3:19 AM
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Kevin Bacon must be getting a thrill these days out of playing the baddie. We're only halfway through the year he's been on screen in three straight films where he's the villain: he was the drug dealing Jacques in "Super"; the twisted Sebastian Shaw in "X-Men: First Class" and the wife-stealing co-worker of Julianne Moore in this weekend's "Crazy, Stupid, Love." Well, people must like what they've been seeing because he's ready to make things difficult for the heroes in the forthcoming "R.I.P.D."

Vincent Gallo Doesn't Plan On Releasing 'Promises Written In Water'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 29, 2011 2:54 AM
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Also Says He's Finished Another New Film Which He Won't Release EitherVincent Gallo has always been a filmmaker and artist who answered to one person only -- himself -- but now it seems the iconoclast is taking it to the next level: he's the only one who's going to be able to watch his movies. But let's go back in a time for a moment, shall we?

Andrew Bujalski Crowd-Funding His Next Film, The 1980s-Set 'Computer Chess'

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • July 29, 2011 2:33 AM
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Though he's cited as the "godfather" of the mumblecore movement, very rarely will you hear the films of Andrew Bujalski being discussed or written about. The Bostonian's three fantastic, cream-of-the-crop features unfortunately get the short straw when it comes to conversation and respect; instead, film critics spend time writing overwrought dissertations on third-rate mumblies or one of the twelve Joe Swanberg movies that are in production per season. In 2009, the filmmaker dropped "Beeswax," a quiet yet oddly tense story about twin sisters, one of which is getting wrapped up in legal troubles. Unlike his brood, Bujalski has the patience to let things slowly compile while also devising some very uncomfortable, awkward moments of humanity. Yes, there's quite a bit of talking, but there's always something more going on on his actors' faces, particularly in their eyes: he knows how to use the in-between still moments, something crucial that's often missing in the rest of these micro-indies.

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