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4 Clips & New Pics From Johnnie To's Economic Meltdown Drama 'Life Without Principle'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2011 6:10 AM
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Listen, we know the economic crisis around the world has affected everybody on some level or another, but this is kind of ridiculous.

Watch: Clive Owen Is Afraid Of The Dark In Trailer For Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's 'Intruders'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2011 5:38 AM
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It seems the concept of horror being found right on your doorstep is experiencing a bit of mini-trend. The Guillermo Del Toro produced "Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark" finds scares under the covers at the end of the month, while Jim Sheridan dips into the psychological with "Dream House" in September. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's "Intruders" seems to be falling right between those two films.

Joel Schumacher Tries To Pull Off His Best Michael Haneke Impression In New 'Tresspass' Photos

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 16, 2011 4:54 AM
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Oh, Joel Schumacher, with your patchiest of patchy careers ever (though some Playlisters will outright call it an awful one). There is some interesting work in your flawed ouevre oeuvre, including "Tigerland," and "Falling Down," but so-so efforts ("Veronica Guerin") are usually overcome by the ungood ("Phone Booth," "The Number 23," "Twelve"). Pitched somewhere between a B-movie director with good intentions and poor execution and a thoughtless Hollywood A-list director without much vision whose best days are far behind him (think of the days when his career was big enough to score him two "Batman" films, even if he did kill the franchise until Nolan came around), Schumacher's career is a bit of a head-scratcher. Regardless, he's back this year with "Tresspass," what appears to be a B-movie thriller starring Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman -- two of the biggest stars he's worked with in some time -- and it's playing at the Toronto International Film Festival this year.

New Looks At Whit Stillman's 'Damsels In Distress' & Rebecca Hall-Led Ghost Story 'The Awakening'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2011 4:25 AM
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1998 was the last time we had a film from Whit Stillman—“The Last Days of Disco”—and it has taken thirteen years, and a few projects that never got off the ground, to finally bring the indie filmmaking legend back, and we hope the wait is worth it.

Empire Big Screen '11 Review: Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Drive' Reminds Us Why We Love The Movies

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 16, 2011 4:02 AM
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Good god, it's been a bad year at the cinema. It's not so much that there've been a lot of awful films, although of course there have. It's more that there have been a lot of deeply average ones, and very little greatness to share around. Even the better end of the scale, it's not quite scratched the right itch for us: as good as, say, "Beginners" or "Win Win" or "Midnight in Paris" are, they don't quite get the synapses firing in the way that truly great cinema does. It's the kind of thing that the crime flick has always done well -- there's a reason that the Cahiers du Cinema crowd worshiped early American genre pictures, for example, but there's been little to be excited about even in that department. So it's lucky that Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive" has come along: it's a shot of pure cinema straight to the eyeball, and one that's stopped us from losing the faith just as we were about to start looking for gigs at What Yacht Magazine.

Trailer For Maggie Gyllenhaal Vibrator Comedy 'Hysteria' & Emily Blunt In 'Your Sister's Sister'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2011 3:52 AM
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Looking for some excitement? Maybe a little bit of a buzz to boost your mood? Yeah, we could throw around double entendres all day, but let's just get straight to it, shall we?

First Look & Trailer For Rachel Weisz Spy Pic 'Page Eight' And Saoirse Ronan In 'Violet & Daisy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2011 3:22 AM
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So with TIFF unveiling its final batch of flicks, here come the first looks at the films that will be throwing elbows for attention in Ontario.

'Page Eight,' 'Alps,' 'Violet & Daisy,' 'Wuthering Heights,' Machine Gun Preacher' & More Go To TIFF

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2011 2:58 AM
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Massive Slate Of Final Additions Includes 'Your Sister's Sister,' 'Hysteria,' 'Damsels In Distress,' 'Sleeping Beauty,' 'Miss Bala' & Many, Many MoreTIFF has just dropped the final batch of films slated to hit Toronto next month, and you might want to pack some Red Bull before heading up north. The number of additions is staggering, so let's get right to it shall we?

Jason Bateman & Melissa McCarthy To Commit 'ID Theft'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2011 2:09 AM
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It has been one helluva summer for R-rated comedies with some big successes ("The Hangover Part II," "Bridesmaids," "Horrible Bosses") and some notable misses ("The Change-Up," "30 Minutes Or Less") and Jason Bateman has been on the receiving end of both. He was part of the ensemble who off their employers in 'Bosses' but opposite Ryan Reynolds, the duo couldn't compel audiences to come out to their bawdy body switching comedy. But Bateman is a savvy, smart guy who has certainly been around the industry for a long time, and now ready to move into producing, he has smartly snagged one of the season's biggest breakout stars to co-star with him in yet another high concept laffer.

First Look At Keanu Reeves In The Indie Drama 'Generation Um…'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2011 2:07 AM
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Keanu Reeves tends to switch it up between blockbuster extravaganzas and lower-key indie fare (with mixed results on both ends). In recent years, he followed "Constantine" with "A Scanner Darkly," "The Day The Earth Stood Still" with "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee" and before kicking ass in "47 Ronin" he got two smaller flicks under his belt, the comedy "Henry's Crime" (released earlier this year) and "Generation Um..."

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