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Watch: Trailer For 'The Wicker Man: The Final Cut,' Robin Hardy Plans To Cap Trilogy With 'Wrath Of The Gods'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 30, 2013 3:19 PM
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This has been a good week for cult-'70s fans. Over in Venice, William Friedkin is presenting his freshly restored thriller "Sorcerer," and news arrived just a couple of days ago that "The Wicker Man: The Final Cut" would be headed to U.S. cinemas via Rialto Pictures. And while we wait for the campaign to mount on this side of the ocean, over in the U.K. StudioCanal have already started reminding everyone that they have to see it, whether it's for the first time or again

Review: Fantastic Fest Award Winner 'I Declare War'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 30, 2013 2:59 PM
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If you have a point to make, try not to make it too succinctly in the first five minutes of your film. Such is the ace in the hole that is “I Declare War,” a crude sketch of a film that could barely withstand a short-form, but instead has been stretched to agonizing feature length by directors Robert Wilson and Jason Lapeyre. The joke (is it a joke?) is that children organize a game of Capture The Flag, or War, or whatever they are calling it, and there’s very little difference between these kids playing an imaginary game, but also adults on separate sides of a conflict. There’s also the suggestion that much of this conflict is based on what the kids have seen in war videogames and movies (kids name-dropping “Call Of Duty” makes more sense than “Patton”), but, y’know, lip service.
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The 10 Best Movies Of Summer 2013

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • August 30, 2013 2:21 PM
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The Ten Best Movies Of Summer 2013
Summer 2013 is over, and so ends another season of loud, dumb, propulsive blockbusters and noisemakers. Lost within the rubble of explosions, posing, next-day blockbuster think pieces and box office discussions, there was also no shortage of options for audiences who didn’t want to turn their brains off, who didn’t want to feel like a kid again. Not that great films are measured in budgets or studio support, but this was an unusually dismal season for popcorn features, and the lines were drawn pretty clearly between the robots, aliens and superheroes of this season, and the lovers, comics and oddballs of the arthouse. For better or for worse, in ten years we’ll be talking about Nicolas Winding Refn’s divisive, maddening “Only God Forgives” more than “White House Down” or “2 Guns,” even if that talk is mostly about how some of us hated it.

Stream This: 'Tapeheads,' 'Bad Milo!,' 'Boy A' & More On VOD This Week

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • August 30, 2013 1:56 PM
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Happy Labor Day weekend, stream fans! Summer may be drawing to an official close, but there's nothing withering about the content we're highlighting for you this week. With "Passion" out in theaters today, we'd like to give Brian De Palma a high five: over forty years of filmmaking, and the director remains as polarizing as ever, continuing to delight and disappoint audiences with his unique style and scandalous content. Check out one of his earlier films below, followed by an homage to "Closed Circuit" director John Crowley with the inclusion of his feature debut. Also, a pre-theatrical release of a horror-comedy with the most disgustingly awesome villain we've ever heard of, a long-forgotten comedy with Tim Robbins and John Cusack, and a straight-to-DVD release of The Rock and Liam Hemsworth's latest vehicle. Okay, so maybe that last pick is a little withering. But the leaves have to fall sometime, right? And, of course, we have another treasured title from the bastion of goodness that is The Criterion Collection. Enjoy!

Director Bob Peterson Officially Off Pixar’s ‘Good Dinosaur’ But Remains At Studio

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 30, 2013 1:26 PM
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“The Good Dinosaur”
Well, it’s official: earlier this week we reported on the rumors that Pixar director Bob Peterson (who had won an Oscar for co-directing “Up” with Pete Docter) had left what would have been his big debut as a standalone director, “The Good Dinosaur,” a tale of what would have happened if the asteroid that killed all the dinosaurs missed earth entirely. Today, Pixar has confirmed the news via the Los Angeles Times, and while they haven't named a replacement, they do say that Peterson intends to remain at the studio, which is very good news indeed.

Venice Review: Philip Gröning’s Three-Hour Domestic Violence Drama ‘The Police Officer’s Wife’

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 30, 2013 1:01 PM
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To a certain audience, the return of Philip Gröning is big news. The German director has been working for twenty years or so, but his last film, 2005’s “Into Great Silence,” a documentary about the Carthesian monks of the French Alps, really saw him win recognition, becoming a favorite on the festival circuit and winning the Special Jury Prize at Sundance. It’s taken eight years, but Gröning has returned, and not just with a new film, but with his first fiction feature in thirteen years in the shape of “The Police Officer’s Wife,” which screened in competition at the Venice Film Festival today.

Watch: 2 New Clips & Lots Of Pics From 'Adore' Starring Naomi Watts & Robin Wright

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 30, 2013 12:41 PM
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Adore
Originally titled “The Grandmothers” and then “Two Mothers,” the Naomi Watts and Robin Wright-starring steamy drama “Adore” will hit VOD and selected theaters next week. Two new clips from the film have arrived online to heat you up under the collar.

'12 Years A Slave' Adds New York To Fall Festival Run

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 30, 2013 12:12 PM
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12 Years A Slave
We hope Steve McQueen packed some extra socks and underwear. Hitting Telluride this weekend to present "12 Years A Slave" (where it's pretty much guaranteed to sneak preview, apparently today) and then heading to TIFF next week to unspool the movie on Canadian soil, the director will then head to New York City for the New York Film Festival.

The Corn Stalk Rises? Rumored Plot Of Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' May Literally Be Corny

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 30, 2013 11:43 AM
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So "Interstellar" is now shooting up in Canada (eh!), and of course, there are no specifics on the plot, because that's just how Christopher Nolan rolls. However, any morsels that do leak out will be dissected and discussed and perhaps blown out of proportion until Nolan decides to lift the sheet, and it can get a bit silly. But it's Friday, a long weekend is coming up, so why not waste a few minutes puzzling out this new bit of intel. And note: there may be spoilers ahead.

New Pics From Fall Festival Films Including 'Devil's Knot,' 'Night Moves,' 'The Sacrament,' 'Wolf Creek 2' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 30, 2013 10:57 AM
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Cinephiles are earning their airmiles over the next couple of weeks as Venice, Telluride and TIFF explode with literally hundreds of films, all looking for attention, distribution and/or awards season consideration. But among the mix of high profile titles are some down 'n dirty genre flicks too. Either way, we've got a batch of new images for your eyeballs from a number of movies traveling the globe so let's get to it.

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