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Jacques Audiard & Matthias Schoenaerts Talk Love, Balance & Bon Iver In The Making Of 'Rust & Bone'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 21, 2012 11:22 AM
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We're at the time of year where we're starting to think about annual Best Of picks, and one film that's certain to crop up on multiple Playlist staff lists is "Rust & Bone," the latest film from writer-director Jacques Audiard. Having made two of the most impressive crime movies of the last decade with "The Beat That My Heart Skipped" and "Rust & Bone," Audiard has taken a left turn into romantic melodrama with his latest, which premiered back at Cannes in May.

AFI Interview: Amy Seimetz Discusses Her Directorial Debut 'Sun Don't Shine,' Noir & The Trappings Of Mumblecore

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • November 18, 2012 1:50 PM
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From its opening moments, its clear that something isn't right in Amy Seimetz's "Sun Don't Shine." Despite the palpable Florida heat, Crystal (Kate Lyn Sheil) and her boyfriend Leo (Kentucker Audley) are fighting near their car during what we will soon learn is a road trip. Only, this isn't a "let's listen to my radio station" kind of fight. It's an exhausting and physical brawl, the cause of which isn't revealed until minutes later.

Interview: 'In The Family' Director Patrick Wang Talks Traveling The Country With His Film & Directing While In Character

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • November 17, 2012 12:59 PM
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A generally pleasant, positive, and polite human being, first-time filmmaker Patrick Wang began to lose a bit of his optimism after completing “In The Family.” A sincere and epic three hour drama with most scenes covered in a single take, the director had few supporters and no festivals willing to screen the film.

Interview: Rick Alverson & Tim Heidecker Talk 'The Comedy,' Juvenile Criticism, Exploring Middle Class Inertia & More

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • November 17, 2012 12:09 PM
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Rick Alverson had been making fantastic films before 2012, but this year thrust him into the conversation with the odd, discomforting “The Comedy.” Starring Tim Heidecker of 'Tim & Eric' (and featuring a whole slew of other interesting people, including James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem) as Swanson, an eternal Brooklynite and juvenile faced with the imminent death of his father. Though a large amount of responsibility (and inheritance) are coming his way, he’d rather spend his time shooting the shit with friends or provoking total strangers with his own brand of confrontational humor. Alverson’s movie assays the numbness that comes with comfort and questions the very nature of comedy; it is both a funny and perturbing portrait of a man who just doesn’t know when to quit (or, even sadder, of a man who quit long ago).

AFI Fest: 'Laurence Anyways' Stars Melvil Poupaud & Suzanne Clement Discuss Director Xavier Dolan's Process, The Late-'80s Setting & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 13, 2012 3:00 PM
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After two visually lush and emotive efforts from director Xavier Dolan -- “J'ai Tué Ma Mère” and “Heartbeats,” both of which landed him on the Cannes red carpet -- those following his latest drama, “Laurence Anyways,” should have no problem believing the film's unconventional romance, near-three-hour runtime, and late-'80s period setting as anything less than appropriately ambitious. However, two facets sure to surprise audiences within this grand narrative are the wonderfully committed lead performances from Melvil Poupaud and Suzanne Clément (the latter of whom netted a Best Actress prize in the Un Certain Regard category at Cannes this year for her work).

Exclusive: Paul Verhoeven Thought The 'Total Recall' Remake Was Too Serious, Talks 'Starship Troopers,' 'Robocop' & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 13, 2012 12:58 PM
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While it's six years since we had a new feature film from Paul Verhoeven, the great Dutch director is still wielding his influence over Hollywood, even if only as a source of material. This past summer, Verhoeven's 1990 actioner "Total Recall" received the big-budget remake treatment, just as a redo of his 1987 breakthrough "Robocop" went into production, helmed by Jose Padilha, while at the same time, it was announced that his 1997 "Starship Troopers" was being eyed for another version by the producers of 2012's "Total Recall," one more "patriotic" and less "violent" than the original.

Interview: Sam Mendes Talks Directing 'Skyfall,' Pursuing Javier Bardem For The Villain & Misconceptions About The Bond Producers' Control

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 6, 2012 2:52 PM
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This weekend, "Skyfall" is unleashed on cinemas nationwide. Almost from the very first sequence you will realize this is a very, very James Bond movie, and although it's the third in the Daniel Craig series, "Skyfall" almost feels like a hard reboot of the entire franchise, with winking nods to the previous entries and some bold expansion in other areas. The film is also laced with both melancholy and humor, both of which were absent in the hard-driven previous two.

'Flight' Director Robert Zemeckis Talks Denzel Washington's Moral Ambiguity, The Future of 'Roger Rabbit 2' & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 5, 2012 3:03 PM
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His storied career brimming with underdog personalities faced with extreme spectacle, director Robert Zemeckis has seemingly found his fireworks this time in the recognizable face of one man: Denzel Washington. In his just-released drama, “Flight” -- which secured a fantastic opening this past weekend to the tune of $25 million -- the actor plays William “Whip” Whitaker, an alcoholic airline pilot responsible for expertly crash-landing a damaged aircraft mid-flight, and it is Zemeckis' choice of cinematic focus that marks his altered approach.

How Russell Crowe Found Inspiration In Ol' Dirty Bastard For 'The Man With The Iron Fists' & More From RZA & Lucy Liu

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 2, 2012 10:02 AM
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As writer, director and star of “The Man with the Iron Fists,“ rapper RZA finally brings his vision, and his career inspirations, to the big screen. The multi-hyphenate, who plays the Blacksmith in this twisty martial arts tale, was thrilled to be at the helm of a $20 million Universal film, but he knew that this project would immediately need to be distinguished from other similar movies.

Interview: Barry Levinson Talks Going The Horror Route With Eco-Thriller 'The Bay'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 31, 2012 4:18 PM
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This weekend, Barry Levinson's disgustingly gelatinous eco-horror tale, "The Bay," will be unleashed in theaters and on iTunes. A cutting, inventive found-footage tale of a Fourth of July weekend that goes horribly wrong, we saw it at the New York Film Festival (where it was part of their inaugural crop of midnight movies) and pretty much loved it. The movie is all the more surprising for coming from the gentle, humanist creator of "Diner" and "Tin Men." We caught up with Levinson at this year's New York Comic Con and talked about what brought him to the found-footage horror genre, where film is headed, and what he thought of that gushing Vanity Fair piece on "Diner" from a few months ago.

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