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Watch: Trailer For ‘Life Of Crime,’ The Sorta Prequel To ‘Jackie Brown’ Starring Jennifer Aniston

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 21, 2014 5:23 PM
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LIfe Of Crime
Film adaptations of the works of Elmore Leonard are not all successful. Often set in the 1970s, many of them are laced with funky period-piece tropes that are just a little too overt and cornball-ish. One of the more recent adaptations, “Freaky Deaky," was positively terrible (you can read about that in our feature: The Films of Elmore Leonard Ranked From Worst To Best. So buyer beware, another adaptation is on the way and yes, it’s full of afros, wah pedals, disco strings and other garish period-piece elements.

Review: Affecting Drama 'Run And Jump' Starring Will Forte

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 23, 2014 2:34 PM
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Run & Jump, Will Forte
There’s acting and then there’s “acting.” The first requires building credible characters and relationships, developing organic conflicts within the framework of a concrete story. The second involves loading up a story with excessive clutter that it drowns out any work of which the actors are capable, turning them into drama automatons: it’s mostly reacting, both removing the burden of work from most performers while also placing a greater spotlight on their very presence, as they are forced to “react” instead of act. This also helps illustrate the difference between drama and melodrama.

Spike Jonze's 'Her' Wins Best Film & Best Director From National Board Of Review

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2013 1:42 PM
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Her, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams
So how influential are the National Board Of Review winners? Well, last year "Zero Dark Thirty" won Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress and went on to be shut out in all three categories when the Oscars rolled out. Basically, just remember that there is a gulf between critics and Academy voters (remember the year when "The Social Network" cleaned up in the all early awards?) so just take a breath. That said, it's nice to see the love.

Review: Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska' Starring Bruce Dern, Will Forte & Bob Odenkirk

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • November 15, 2013 11:00 AM
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Nebraska
There’ve been great masses of critical laurels laid at Alexander Payne’s door over the years, some, in our eyes, more earned than others. When it really hits home, the director’s quiet humanism and wry humor can yield perceptive insights, especially into certain trademark areas of expertise: family dynamics, the vanities and follies of aging men, the reluctance to let go of old dreams. But the downside to this kind of blanket approbation is that, because we know what to look for in an Alexander Payne movie, sometimes we might kid ourselves that we find things that aren’t really there. And so, we come trundling to "Nebraska," and certainly not a bad film in any way, but one that failed to engage us with anything like the kind of witty perceptiveness we found in, for example, “Sideways,” to reference the other two-man road trip-style film of Payne’s.

Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska' Unloads A State Full Of New Photos, Plus Soundtrack Deets & A First Listen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 4, 2013 2:20 PM
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Nebraska
The long road, the vast underpopulated horizons of the Midwest and feelings of regret and pangs of remorse—these are familiar ingredients for filmmaker Alexander Payne, and he spins them into widescreen black-and-white for his latest, "Nebraska." Earning Bruce Dern a Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival and stopping by New York and Savannah on its way to theaters in a few weeks, the last push is being made for the low-key film with a batch of stills and more arriving, hoping to shine a little more attention on the small movie that packs a bigger emotional wallop.

NYFF: Alexander Payne, Bruce Dern & Will Forte Talk The Particular Tone Of ‘Nebraska’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 9, 2013 4:06 PM
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Nebraska, Bruce Dern, Payne
An alcoholic father suffering from the early onsets of dementia gets a sweepstakes notice that he’s won a million dollars. It’s a scam obviously, but the elderly man is determined to see it through, despite his wife and older son’s protests to the contrary. What’s the youngest son to do? Perhaps trying to relate and bond on a level they’ve never connected before, as he agrees to drive his father from Montana to Nebraska to track down the prize, but many detours await, including a protracted pit stop in his dad’s hometown.

Watch: Hit The Road With 2 New Clips From Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 18, 2013 9:38 AM
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Nebraska
The fall movie-going season tends to be dominated either holiday event movies, or star-studded dramas with a keen eye on awards season baubles, which is what perhaps makes Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" such an intriguing alternative option. Featuring no A-list stars, presented in black-and-white and detailing a story set amongst Midwestern America, it's the sort of character driven stuff we wait most of the year for, and with a splashy New York Film Festival premiere coming up, some new clips have arrived highlighting it's low key approach.

Watch: Brand New Trailer For Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska' Plus New Pics & Poster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 17, 2013 12:37 PM
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Nebraska
Do you let your old man live out his lingering dream and delusion, even if it means turning the small world he inhabits upside down? For Woody Grant, he's clinging to the news he's received in the mail from a sweepstakes company that he has $1 million dollars coming his way, but he needs someone to drive him to Nebraska to claim his "prize." The only one willing to help? His son David.

Watch: New Clip From Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska,' Movie Will Open 16th Annual Savannah Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 12, 2013 11:58 AM
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Nebraska
After premiering at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, "Nebraska" has seemingly been playing it cool when it comes to its fall, stateside debut. Skipping Telluride and Toronto, the movie will make its North American premiere at the New York Film Festival, which kicks off later this month, and right after that, it will continue to roll out hitting a rising fest out of the south.

Watch: Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman, Will Forte & Ed Helms Play "Hopeless Wanderer" In New Mumford & Sons Video

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 5, 2013 2:07 PM
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So, Mumford & Sons is still a thing, particularly if you're into boot-stomping, arena anthems that all sound the same. And now, it seems the band has graduated to the level where they can round up a bunch of celebs to appear in their videos, but kudos to them for nailing this star-filled concept pretty much dead on.

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