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Review: 'How To Make Money Selling Drugs' Preaches To The Converted

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • June 28, 2013 2:44 PM
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Under certain circumstances, selling drugs to earn a living becomes a choice for many. Humans are nothing if not survivors, eking out a living by any means necessary to put food on the table, pay bills, and stay afloat. Beyond teaching viewers the correct way to pronounce sheeeeit, "The Wire" gracefully portrayed the lack of options for many people, proving the drug game isn't everything, it's the only thing. But what if we could actually choose what we want to do with our lives, and the moral quandary wasn't an issue? Just like Sonny told the "The Godfather," "There's a lot of money in that white powder."

Video Free Brooklyn Presents: "DVD Is The New Vinyl" Best of June Edition

  • By Aaron Hillis
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  • June 28, 2013 2:15 PM
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June DVDs
My appetite for finding and devouring new music is so voracious that I have to empty my hard drive annually just to make room for more MP3s, yet it wasn't until my wife bought me a turntable that I became one of those obsessive, fetishistic record collectors right out of "High Fidelity."

Will It Bring The Glory Days Back? Pixar Promises Less Sequels & One Original Movie Per Year Going Forward

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 28, 2013 1:48 PM
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Pixar Feature
Has Pixar hit a slump? Well, maybe not financially, as "Monsters University" was the second biggest opening in the studio's history, hauling in $82 million last weekend. But at least in the perception of people, well, like us -- Pixar has wavered from the path that made them who they are. The past four years have essentially seen the company, who once prided themselves on delivering original movies unlike what everyone else was doing, deliver two sequels ("Toy Story 3," "Cars 2"), one prequel ("Monsters University") and one original ("Brave"). More crucially, "Toy Story 3" aside, the films haven't been met with the same widespread critical acclaim as their earlier efforts (though box office has pretty much stayed consistent) and folks have been wondering if they're lost the secret sauce that made them one of the best in the game? Well, they aren't doing down without a fight.
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Review: 'Redemption' Starring Jason Statham

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 28, 2013 1:14 PM
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Redemption, Jason Statham,
In recent years Jason Statham, with his stocky frame, bald head and gravelly voice that makes him sound like he’s always gnawing on broken glass, has become a kind of one-man wrecking crew, and not just because of his appearance in the “Crank,” “Transporter” and “Expendables” franchises. A rough, sexually viable action star in the mold of Charles Bronson, Statham is an actor whose mere presence in a movie almost guarantees mass destruction and piles of bloodied, bruised, and beaten bodies. But as he proved in last year’s criminally underrated “Safe” and again in this week’s weirdly buried “Redemption,” it’s when he’s quiet that Statham is the most powerfully devastating, like an undetonated bomb in a church square. The promise of violence is its own kind of allure.

Simon Pegg To Star In Brit List Romantic Comedy 'Man Up'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 28, 2013 12:58 PM
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For the most part, Simon Pegg has traversed the comfortable milieu of genre films. Making his mark with Edgar Wright and Nick Frost on their Cornetto films, he's dipped into the blockbuster world with the "Star Trek," "Tintin" and "Mission: Impossible" franchises, while doing one off stuff like "Fantastic Fear Or Everything" or "Burke And Hare" that are still very much in his wheelhouse. However, he has taken strides before into more mainstream, less fantastical fare with stuff like "How to Lose Friends & Alienate People" and "Run Fatboy Run," but yeah, they weren't that successful. But he'll give it another go.

Watch: New Nine Inch Nails Video Directed By David Lynch Might Give You Seizures

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 28, 2013 12:24 PM
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While David Lynch might be concerned that the current cinematic climate doesn't have room from distinctive filmmakers like him, he's found other creative outlets for his work behind the camera. He's directed ads for his own coffee line, webcasts, mini-documentaries for The Killers and a bumper for the Viennale festival. And now comes a music video for none other than Nine Inch Nails.

DVD Review: ‘Borgen’ Season 2 Is A Reminder That This Is Still The Best Show You're Not Watching

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 28, 2013 11:59 AM
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There is no doubt that right now, viewers have a feast of great programming on American television. It seems that just as one season of a show comes to an end, another must-watch season of something else begins, and that's not counting whatever you still have pending on your DVR or in your Netflix account waiting for any other moment of spare time you might have. But if you still have room in your calendar for one more show, make sure it's "Borgen." As we noted in our review of season one, which arrived on DVD this spring, you're not going to find anything as smart, well written and wholly involving on your dial. And just in time for your summer weekend binge viewing sessions, when a thunderstorm rolls in or its too hot to move off the couch, season two has arrived and confirms "Borgen" is hands down the best show you're not watching.

Exclusive: Watch The Opening Sequence From Xavier Dolan's 'Laurence Anyways' Plus Full List Of All The Songs In The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 28, 2013 11:36 AM
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Forget Xavier Dolan's age, forget the charges of overindulgence or reckless ambition and even forget the subject matter, a transgender relationship chronicled across a full decade. If you're looking for one of the most powerful and moving love stories you'll see all year, carve out some time and track down "Laurence Anyways." The third film from the Canadian director is a knock-out, that may overreach, but hits peaks and heights of true emotion that few films ever do and today we've got a little sample for you.

First Images From Docu-Drama '20,000 Days On Earth' Starring Nick Cave

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 28, 2013 10:50 AM
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Have you ever wanted to hang out with eternal badass Nick Cave? Well, frankly, who wouldn't? But most of us won't ever get the chance to sit down and break bread with the musician/writer/raconteur, so this project may just be the next best thing. It turns out Cave has been hard at work on a secretive docu-drama entitled "20,000 Days On Earth," and the first details of the project are now coming to light.

Watch: French Trailer For Claire Denis' Disturbing Thriller 'The Bastards'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 28, 2013 10:20 AM
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The Bastards, Claire Denis
Leaving the beautiful, long-take photography characteristic of her past celebrated films for crudely edited, cheap-looking digital video and jumping headlong into the revenge thriller drama, Claire Denis' "The Bastards" was eye opener when it hit Cannes last month in more ways than one. And it's been hard to describe for those who haven't seen it, but now a new French trailer is here to give fans of the filmmaker a taste of the direction she's gone in.

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