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Watch: 10-Minute Supercut Breaks Down The 1001 Movies You Must See (Before You Die)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2014 11:23 AM
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1001 Movies To See Before You Die Supercut
If you're a movie buff, one book you probably want to have on your shelf is Steven Jay Schneider's "1001 Movies You Must See (Before You Die)." Featuring essays by contributing critics, plot details, photos and more, it's a handy resource for those times when you're stuck endlessly browsing Netflix. But 1001 movies requires thousands of hours of viewing...or does it?

Exclusive: Ben Kingsley Meets Kodi Smit-McPhee In Clip From 'A Birder's Guide To Everything'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2014 11:05 AM
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A Birder's Guide To Everything
While Hollywood likes to show teenagers in movies getting up to no good, co-writer/director Rob Meyer has a different story to tell with the coming-of-age comedy "A Birder's Guide To Everything," where the only thing these kids wield is a pair of binoculars.

First Look: Xavier Dolan's 'Mommy' Plus Official Synopsis

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2014 10:43 AM
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Mommy
"We had envisioned – like any filmmaker who dreams of going to Cannes – of being in competition and winning the Palme d’Or,” Xavier Dolan had said in 2012, when his third film "Laurence Anyways" (and third on the Croisette) landed a slot in the Un Certain Regard section, not in coveted Competition lineup. He then took his next film, "Tom At The Farm," to the Venice Film Festival, skipping Cannes entirely. But could 2014 finally see the young filmmaker land in Competition at Cannes.
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Watch: Annapurna Pictures 2013 Sizzle Reel Celebrates 'Her,' 'American Hustle,' 'Foxcatcher,' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2014 10:23 AM
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Annapurna Sizzle Reel Her Spring Breakers American Hustle Foxcatcher
As Sunday's Oscar ceremony rolls closer, Megan Ellison has a lot be proud of. The producer's Annapurna Pictures shingle is behind the film with the most nominations ("American Hustle," with 10 nods and tied with "Gravity"), has another contender in "Her" which is up for a small handful of awards and generally speaking, has a lot to celebrate from across the last year. And just as they did for 2012, Annapurna has cut together sizzle reel highlight their accomplishments in 2013.

Exclusive: Celebrate July 4th With Clip From 'Other Months' Premiering At SXSW Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2014 10:00 AM
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Other Months
Sometimes, self-discovery is the most difficult journey to take, but that exploration forms the center of "Other Months," the feature debut from writer/director Nick Singer.

The Folks Behind 'The Lego Movie' Are Now Bringing 'Minecraft' To The Big Screen

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • February 28, 2014 9:45 AM
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Minecraft
The universal truth of all video game adaptations is that they usually end up bad. This grand tradition of failure started with 1993’s abysmal “Super Mario Bros” and will see it’s latest entry hit theaters next month in the form of the Aaron Paul-starring “Need For Speed.” No doubt emboldened by their bonafide hit “The Lego Movie,” Warner Bros will be the next studio to take a crack at converting gamers into theatergoers with an adaptation of the similarly youth-skewing “Minecraft.”
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Watch: The Final Scene in ‘Captain Phillips’ That Should’ve Earned Tom Hanks An Oscar Nomination

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • February 28, 2014 9:22 AM
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Captain Phillips, Tom Hanks
A great deal in a film can be forgiven if it entirely sticks the ending, and this past year has had no better example of this than “Captain Philips." Though a capably tense and well-rendered experience for two-thirds of the narrative, Paul Greengrass’ drama still hits another level as it sends its sea-bound hostage tale toward its conclusion — and now we’ve got a spoilery reminder of why Tom Hanks deserved an Oscar nomination in a packed Best Actor lineup.

Bret Easton Ellis & Rob Zombie Team For Manson Family Murders TV Series

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2014 9:02 AM
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Charles Manson Rob Zombie Bret Easton Ellis
On Aug. 8th and 9th, 1969, America was rocked out of the summer of love when the followers of Charles Manson, across two days, committed a series of gruesome, shocking murders (which included the killing of Roman Polanski's wife Sharon Tate). The details are disturbing to this day, and now, the nuanced hands of Bret Easton Ellis and Rob Zombie are going to bring it to life.

Review: Warm And Charming 'The Lunchbox' An Easy Decision At The Cinematic Takeout Counter

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2014 6:20 PM
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The Lunchbox
The staple of any good rom-com is an original, clever meet-cute, and writer/director Ritesh Batra certainly has a good one for his feature debut "The Lunchbox." The missed connection in this picture that winds up bringing two strangers into each other's orbit is a mix-up involving the delivery of the titular lunchbox. It's a familiar practice in India, with housewives (and restaurants) preparing hot meals in the morning, and through a rather impressive system of trains and rickshaws, they get delivered to their husbands at the office, with nary a mistake. At least until Ila's (Nimrat Kaur) steel, segmented canister of naan and curry winds up on the desk of Saajan (Irrfan Khan). And while you might think you can predict what happens next, Batra takes this rather charming set-up and quietly unfolds a film that is by turns both funny and moving, and a potent reflection on life's disappointments and the strength required to move past them.

Watch: Teaser Trailer For Kanye West's Concert Film 'Yeezus'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2014 6:02 PM
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Kanye West Yeezus
Yes, he's got a big mouth, bigger ego and can let himself get in the way of his undeniable talent, but Kanye West knows how to put on a show. His current Yeezus tour is certainly a sensation, a massive spectacle, with costumes, lights and yes, great songs. And if you think it's positively cinematic, well, there's some good news for you.

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