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Box Office: 'The Heat' Burns 'White House Down'; 'Monsters University' Still Valedictorian

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • June 30, 2013 1:21 PM
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Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in The Heat
In its second week, Pixar's "Monsters University" is still top of the class with $46.2 million and a running total of $171 million. Pixar should enjoy the top spot while it lasts. With Universal's "Despicable Me 2" and Disney's "The Lone Ranger" opening next weekend, 'Monsters' is bound to lose some of its family audience and may not even get a passing grade this 4th of July weekend.

Watch: Rachel McAdams & Noomi Rapace Dabble In Sex & Murder In New Trailer For Brian De Palma's 'Passion'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 29, 2013 12:04 PM
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Earlier this year, we saw Steven Soderbergh revitalize the aging erotic thriller genre with "Side Effects," a pretty nifty and pulpy take on the kinds of poitboilers we don't really get much of anymore. Or don't we? In just a couple of months you'll be able to undo the top few buttons of your shirt, metaphorically or literally, when Brian De Palma's "Passion" arrives, and a new trailer is here to take you into the film's sexy and murderous dance.

Watch: Larry David Wants Revenge & Recycles 'Seinfeld' Joke In New Trailer For HBO Comedy 'Clear History'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 28, 2013 6:21 PM
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Clear History Larry David Jon Hamm
Let's face it: Larry David isn't an actor. Like his best bud Jerry Seinfeld, he has a very defined comedic box in which he fits, and within those parameters, he's devastatingly hilarious. There's nothing wrong with that -- if you know your strengths and can continue to be great, why not? And while David used an extreme version of himself to power "Curb Your Enthusiasm," his big screen lead outing in Woody Allen's "Whatever Works" didn't quite come together in the eyes of many (though this writer takes a certain shine to it). Can he succeed with his second try at a leading movie role in "Clear History"?

'Inside Llewyn Davis' Soundtrack Features Unreleased Bob Dylan Song, Folk Covers Sung By The Cast & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 28, 2013 5:17 PM
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Inside Llewyn Davis
If there is any movie that walked out of the Cannes Film Festival this year as the most beloved I-can't-wait-to-see-it-again, crowd pleaser, it was the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis." The tale of a week in the life of one young folk singer just trying to make it, keep his head above water and dignity intact, is a beautifully melancholy love letter not just to the '60s folks music scene, but for anyone anywhere struggling along with whatever artistic endeavour simply because it's the only thing they believe in. Needless to say, the movie is a great soundtrack, and the details have arrived early about what you'll be able to get your hands on in just a few months.

Review: Neil Labute-Written ‘Some Girl(s)’ Starring Adam Brody, An Acerbic Yet Toothless Satirical Dramedy

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • June 28, 2013 4:55 PM
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Some Girl(s)
For the sake of argument, let’s agree that the Neil LaBute narrative unfolds like this: the provocative playwright turned filmmaker stormed the indie world in 1997 with his disturbing, brusque and scathing critique of the male psyche “In The Company of Men.” LaBute's controversial, piquant, sometimes pungent plays and films continued along a purposefully challenging and similar path -- often about the battle of the sexes with a deeply cynical mind -- until the mid aughts when he attempted to go in a new direction: 2006 brought his gonzo and much-reviled remake of "The Wicker Man," 2008 saw a racially charged thriller starring Samuel L. Jackson ("Lakeview Terrace") and 2010 saw an African-American-centered remake of the British comedy "Death at a Funeral." While LaBute had already experimented with directing material he had not written (“Nurse Betty,” “Possession”), this latter period lacked focus and arguably dissolved away at the auteurial stamp making for anonymous works.

L.A. Film Fest Interview: 'Four Dogs' Team Talks Comedy, Drama, Honesty & Friendship

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • June 28, 2013 4:48 PM
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One of our favorite films from L.A. Film Fest last week was the lo-fi dramedy “Four Dogs,” about two unlikely friends making it through the Hollywood doldrums. Our review called it, "unflinchingly honest in its portrayal of this little pocket of humanity, it finds both the pathos and humor in the moments of real life that are truly funny and truly sad." We had a chance to catch up with the film’s writer/director Joe Burke, actor/writer Oliver Cooper, and actor Dan Bakkedahl to talk about reality vs. fiction, the most important element in comedy (and drama) and what it’s like to play yourself onscreen. Here are a few highlights from our conversation.

Watch: Audrey Tautou Plots Murder In Trailer For 'Therese'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 28, 2013 4:23 PM
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What happened to our sweet Amelie? Audrey Tautou, who can usually be relied upon to look adorkable, proceeding to melt you into a puddle with little more than a coy look and a smile, puts away the pixie charm in "Therese" and gets ready to kill. Really.

Remake Of Cult Horror 'Jacob's Ladder' In The Works, Though It Will Be More Of An Homage, Apparently

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 28, 2013 3:59 PM
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Have you read our feature on 13 Of The Best Mind-Bending Movies yet? Well,you might want to get on that and start getting some of those movies on your Netflix queue, because one of them is starting down the remake path.

Watch: Kevin Durant Gets Drafted Again In Amusing Nike Ad Directed By David Gordon Green

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 28, 2013 3:36 PM
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Some directors don't want you to know they go off and make commercials to keep the lights on between gigs, while others are perfectly happy to spend some time between pictures knocking out some spots, keeping their cinematic muscles oiled and ready to go. And that seems to be the case with David Gordon Green, who probably has a resume of commercials rivaling that of his feature films. You can check out a couple previous efforts here, and you've probably seen his most famous one: the "Halftime In America" Super Bowl spot with Clint Eastwood. Well, here's another advert from Green, and it's a good one...

Stream This: 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit,' Pedro Almodovar's 'Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!' & More On VOD This Week

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • June 28, 2013 3:07 PM
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The summer movie season continues with its usual gusto, providing us ample opportunity to make related streaming recommendations. Pedro Almodovar's "I'm So Excited!" hits theaters, so we're offering one of his older films as a complement. And coupled with the release of "The Heat" is another female buddy comedy -- a smash hit from the late '80s. However, despite another big slate at the cinemas, this week has been monumental in its political developments as much as anything else. Indeed, the overturning of DOMA and California's Proposition 8 by the United States Supreme Court and Wendy Davis' near single-handed take down of SB#5 in the Texas state senate all harken significant changes for this country in the weeks, months, and years to come. In honor of these historic events and people everywhere leading the charge for equal rights, we would like to highlight several films with concurring themes. And now, here are our streaming selections for the week.

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