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Stream This: 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints,' 'A Single Shot,' Films From Wong Kar-Wai & More On VOD This Week

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • August 23, 2013 5:25 PM
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Stream This: Ain't Them Bodies Saints, Single Shot, more
Hello, streamers! Our picks for this week should prove to be nostalgic and contemporary, reflective and forward thinking, a look to the inspirational works of the past with a glance at what they've rendered since. Two films debuting in theaters are also new to VOD, while the release of Destin Cretton's much hailed "Short Term 12" encouraged us to take a look at his last feature. And with the opening of Wong Kar-wai's tenth feature film this weekend, we decided to feature the Chinese director quite prominently: some works—"Happy Together," "In the Mood for Love," and "Chungking Express"—are already well known, so we're offering a curated assortment from his early days of writing and directing that you may be a little less familiar with. The Criterion Collection's special presentation of remastered films (care of Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Foundation) on Hulu deserves similar attention, and we have an overview of two of our favorites from that group. Bet you can't wait to find out what they are! Let's get going.

25 Films About Lovers On The Lam

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • August 21, 2013 3:03 PM
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“We can make it. We can make it if we run,” whispers Ruth (Rooney Mara) in David Lowery’s “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” which, after a limited release on Friday, begins its expansion this week. It’s a film we loved at Sundance, and one that in its gentle subversion of the “Lovers on the Run” subgenre—as the prequel comic makes clear, the events of ‘Saints’ mostly take place after the bank robbin’, outlawin’ part of the story is done—reminded us of all the other great (and not so great) films that have pitted a pair of lovers against the law.

Review: 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' Starring Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Nate Parker & Keith Carradine

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • August 15, 2013 4:04 PM
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Ain't Them Bodies Saints
Set in 1970s Texas, but stationed inside an authentic milieu that feels timeless and classic, David Lowery's fourth feature-length effort, "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," is the culmination of a filmmaker who has put in over a decade of work in the trenches as an editor, cinematographer, writer, electrical department hand and more (fun fact: he's also the editor of Shane Carruth's "Upstream Color"). The jack of all trades is not only fluent in several languages within the vocabulary of this medium, he clearly has an innate understanding of each. Lowery is the real deal and understands filmmaking, and this is abundantly clear in this searing, romantic crime drama and love story.

Watch: First Trailer For Spike Jonze's 'Her' Starring Joaquin Phoenix; Arcade Fire Providing The Score

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 7, 2013 12:00 PM
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Of all the movies set to show their wares this fall, perhaps the one that has been kept the most in the dark is Spike Jonze's "Her." The set photos that have circulated certainly don't betray anything of what his approach will be, and there have been no official stills, posters, teasers or websites to give up the game. That being said, Jonze did provide a peek to those who were lucky enough to be at the L.A. Film Festival in June, showing two clips from the oddball romance that stars Joaquin Phoenix, Chris Pratt, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde and (the voice of) Scarlett Johansson. Ostensibly, the movie is about a man who falls in love with a computer operating system, but as always, it's much more than that.

Watch: New Clip From 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' Plus Casey Affleck Explains The Story Behind The Title

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 5, 2013 1:00 PM
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“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”
There's a reason we highlighted David Lowery's "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" as one of the 13 Films You Should See In August—it's simply one of the best movies not only of this month, but of the entire year. The picture, which we've been raving about since Sundance, is a gorgeous, slow burn story of romance and fading legends. It's a Texas tale with an emotional heart as wide as the sun-kissed horizon, and it's definitely one you'll want to experience on a big screen. And with a couple weeks to go before its release, it looks like we're getting a few more peeks at the flick.

New Poster & Pics For 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' Starring Rooney Mara & Casey Affleck

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 17, 2013 12:16 PM
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When "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" premiered at Sundance earlier this year, the strong reviews from critics (including ours) and praise from audiences put writer/director David Lowery on notice in Hollywood. Indeed, Disney tapped him to write their reboot of "Pete's Dragon," he's writing and directing "The Old Mad And The Gun" with Robert Redford attached to star, and he's slated to helm the old David Fincher project "Torso." And soon, those of us who weren't in Park City will get to experience what got audiences in the mountain city all excited in the first place.

Watch: Rooney Mara Goes 'Downtown' In Ad For Calvin Klein Directed By David Fincher

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 8, 2013 11:41 PM
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As we said this morning, when news broke of David Fincher eying a producing gig on the HBO remake of the UK series "Utopia," we're patiently awaiting his next feature to get moving, whatever it may be. And the director has been keeping his directorial chops well oiled by jumping into some promo work. Earlier in the year, he dressed up Justin Timberlake for his "Suit & Tie" video, and now he's re-teamed once again with his "The Social Network" and "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" actress Rooney Mara for a quick fashion spot.

Rooney Mara & Martin Sheen Dig Into Stephen Daldry's 'Trash'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 8, 2013 6:54 PM
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Wow, we guess it really was 2011 that Stephen Daldry's "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" hit theaters, and while he's been quiet on the cinematic front he's still been very busy. Daldry was a producer for the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2012 Summer London Olympics but his next movie has been cooking up for a while. Way back in the spring of 2011 it was revealed that Daldry was going to direct an adaptation of Andy Mulligan's book "Trash," with a script from Richard Curtis ("Love Actually," "About Time"). And unlike most movies that sit around for a couple of years, this one has now started to press forward.

Watch: Awesome Trailer For Sundance & Cannes Hit 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' Starring Rooney Mara & Casey Affleck

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 24, 2013 2:04 PM
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ain't them bodies saints
By now, you've heard the praise for David Lowery's outlaw tale "Ain't Them Bodies Saints." Premiering at Sundance in January to all sorts of good word and then hitting Cannes to play the Critics' Week sidebar, the movie continues it's march toward the big screen with a brand new trailer that's as beautiful as all get out.

Watch: First Clip From Sundance Favorite 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' With Casey Affleck & Rooney Mara

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 16, 2013 4:58 PM
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aint them bodies saints
At the Cannes Film Festival this week, members of the press will get a special screening of "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," the Sundance smash that stars Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara as a husband and wife with a criminal history (he's an escaped convict, she's his former partner-in-crime, together they have a child that was born while he was locked up). And to accompany this special screening, there's a brand new clip that's hit the web, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.

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