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First Look & Plot Details: 'Reprise' Director Joachim Trier's 2011 Cannes Entry, 'Oslo, August 31st'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 15, 2011 4:53 AM
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You'll likely need some context for this one, so let's rewind. In 2008, our Editor-in-Chief named Norwegian director Joachim Trier's 2008 debut feature, "Reprise" the #1 film of the year, over things like Steven Soderbergh's "Che," the fantastic documentary "Man On Wire" and works of elegiac Malick-ian beauty like "Silent Light" (holy crap, not only was 2008 not only a fantastic year for films, it was an amazing one for foreign films). A bold movie, perhaps a naive one full of woozy drunk passion, but nonetheless, Trier's electric ode to youthful restlessness, friendship and ambition is a striking debut that none of us have easily forgotten.

Watch: French Trailer For The Dardenne Brothers' 'The Kid With The Bike'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 15, 2011 3:32 AM
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With four awards from Cannes under their belts, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne are veterans of the red carpet and they'll be returning once more to unveil their latest, "The Kid With The Bike." Yesterday, we got a look at a couple of images and a poster for the film and today, a full-length, French language trailer for 'Kid' has arrived.

Review: 'Rio' Only Occasionally Takes Flight

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 15, 2011 3:07 AM
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In "Rio," it's easy to get lost in the colorful characters and propulsive (not to mention rigidly straightforward) plot. The tale of a dislodged bird named Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) sent to South America to mate with another member of his extremely rare species (played by Anne Hathaway), is full of the kind of visual wonder that does a lot to dazzle, especially if you see it in 3D, where the birds (and other jungle wildlife) zoom out at you and into your lap. But if you pause longer than the movie ever does to think about what is actually going on, then you'll almost certainly become unglued and disinterested. For a movie this amazingly active, it's also quite plodding.

Watch: Sean Penn Gets His Full Robert Smith On In Clip From 'This Must Be The Place'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 15, 2011 2:47 AM
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Clip removed at the request of the filmmakers.

Review: The 'Little White Lies' That Bind Are Explored In This Leisurely Gallic Dramedy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 15, 2011 2:31 AM
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The nature of what keeps a long-term friendship together over the years is somewhat ephemeral. There is the trust and confidence that comes with knowing someone intimately, seeing them at their best and worst, and being there for them without judgment. But it's also built on shared values, small moments and significant times shared, building a collective history that binds dates and places with deep emotional resonance. But, everyone also has their secrets, and even the best of friends will often keep their own fears or secret desires to themselves, not only for the sake of a friendship but for their own private reasons as well. Now take all of that and multiply it a few times for a circle of friends, who have know each other for years and are now in their mid-thirties and you enter the world of Guillaume Canet's "Little White Lies," a sprawling dramedy that follows a few weeks in the lives of a close knit group going through some monumental changes.

First Look At Tilda Swinton & John C. Reilly In Lynne Ramsay's 'We Need To Talk About Kevin'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 15, 2011 1:47 AM
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It has been almost a decade since Lynne Ramsay's "Morvern Callar," and while some of that time was spent on an adaptation of "The Lovely Bones" that was scuttled (with Peter Jackson later delivering his take on the material to theaters), we're glad she's finally back. Next month she'll hit Cannes with "We Need To Talk About Kevin" another tough drama that promises to be a doozy.

Watch: #2 Full-Length Trailer For 'Cowboys & Aliens' Beams Onto Earth

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 15, 2011 1:37 AM
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Well, if the goal was to hit mainstream America with this admittedly tough-to-market genre mash-up of western and sci-fi, Universal couldn't have chosen a more meat-and-potatoes crowd than the "American Idol" audience to show off the film to, and now that trailer has landed online for the rest of us to pick apart.

Review: 'Armadillo' Is A Stark Portrait Of War That Asks Tough Questions

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • April 15, 2011 1:33 AM
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You're not alone if, when discovering the release of a new war documentary, you let out a tired groan or mechanically turn away. These things have been coming out in droves for nearly a decade now, and truth be told, they're often similar in nature or intent and not always helmed by the swiftest of thinkers. That said, is it morally justified to ignore a contemporary subject because of over-saturation? As a society we can easily forget certain issues or events no matter how horrifying or terrible as they drift out of vogue (though we're not wholly responsible -- the media's focus is out of our hands), so how bad is it if we are consistently reminded of horrific pasts and presents?

Legendary Scorsese/Tarantino DoP Robert Richardson Bringing Neil Gaiman's 'American Gods' To HBO

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 15, 2011 1:17 AM
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Will Also Be Lensing Brad Pitt & Marc Forster's 'World War Z'Few authors have the devoted following that Neil Gaiman has. Since his early days in the comics world, the British sci-fi fantasy author and goth heartthrob, has consistently expanded his audience, to the extent that his books are now mainstays in the top reaches of the bestseller charts, and his 1.5 million Twitter followers hang on his every word. Furthermore, while he may not have the prose skills of a contemporary like, say, Michael Chabon, he's a hell of a storyteller, playing with myth and folklore and refashioning it into something new, and entirely compelling.

'Daydream Nation' Soundtrack Includes Metric's Emily Haines, Stars, Devendra Banhart, Sebadoh & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 14, 2011 10:32 AM
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Canadian indie-pic "Daydream Nation" starring Kat Dennings, Reece Thompson ("Ceremony"), Andie MacDowell and Josh Lucas looks... well, OK. It looks "Juno"-esque for lack of a better way to put it and that's either a plus or a minus, depending on who you are. The film debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, and we suppose we're curious to see how it actually turned out as we missed it during the festival.

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