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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.

10 Strong Directorial Debuts From Actors-Turned-Directors

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • August 13, 2013 5:05 PM
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Debuts From Actors-Turned-Directors
This week, after a limited but promising initial release, Lake Bell’s directorial debut “In A World” is due to expand and distributors Roadside Attractions have good reason to hope that it will mirror the success of other Sundance breakouts like “Fruitvale Station” and “The Way, Way Back.” Regardless of how it performs financially it’s already firmly a critical favorite, with our own [A-] review suggesting that “while the film is hysterical, its real strength lies in the way it is able to deal with an issue like sexism in the [Hollywood voiceover] industry and work it out in a funny, honest and very real way.” And 34-year-old triple threat writer/director/star Bell can count it as a more or less unmitigated triumph on all three fronts, most impressive considering that after just a couple of short films this is her very first directorial feature.

Casey Affleck Joins The Amazing Cast Of Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 21, 2013 6:43 AM
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With his producing gig on "Man On Steel" in theaters and proving to be a great success, Christopher Nolan's attention, as well as executive-producing "Transcendence," which stars Johnny Depp and marks the directorial debut of his DoP Wally Pfister, is now shifting to his next job in the director's chair: "Interstellar."

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.

Casey Affleck's Josh Hamilton Biopic Moves Forward With Relativity

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 15, 2012 6:29 PM
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Even though the World Series is over, here's a bit of baseball talk for those of you missing the old ballgame. Over the summer it was reported that Casey Affleck was cooking up a biopic about ballplayer Josh Hamilton that he would write and direct, and now it has inched forward a little bit.

Review: Brilliant Animated Movie 'ParaNorman' Is One Of The Summer's Biggest (And Best) Surprises

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 4, 2012 10:44 AM
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This summer has been full of big, glitzy animated movies from most of the major studios that have made tons of money but left audiences cold. None of them were particularly imaginative, entertaining or emotionally involving, instead choosing to coast on a steady stream of solid (if not exactly dazzling) images and a host of comfortingly familiar celebrity voices. And yet, at the tail end of the summer, along comes a movie proudly told in an old school animation style, from a tiny animation house and distributed by a studio known mostly for distributing arty fare like "Brokeback Mountain," that blows away all the slick studio confections both in terms of sheer visual wonder and (more surprisingly) emotional heft. Laika's stop-motion wonder "ParaNorman" isn't just the best animated movie of the summer, it's one of the best movies of the year. Period.

Crack At The Bat: Casey Affleck To Direct Biopic Of Addict Ballplayer Josh Hamilton

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • June 22, 2012 10:38 AM
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While we’re all eagerly anticipating the next Ben Affleck acting-directing effort in this fall’s “Argo,” there was a time where the idea of Affleck helming a film would have been conceived as a joke. His career kicked off on an upswing with breakout hits like “Good Will Hunting” and “Chasing Amy,” all before going all Hollywood with fare like “Daredevil,” “Pearl Harbor,” and most famously, the Jennifer Lopez co-starring disaster “Gigli." Thankfully, the talented Affleck resurrected his career as an accomplished multi-hyphenate with 2007’s “Gone Baby Gone,” then really announced his return with 2010’s crime thriller “The Town,” and now it looks as if his younger brother is following in his footsteps.

Casey Affleck Leads The Pack To Play Christian Bale's Brother In 'Out Of The Furnace'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 5, 2012 9:30 PM
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Well, here's a face we'd be happier to see more of: Casey Affleck. After directing the underrated faux doc/media stunt "I'm Still Here" Affleck (along with his bud/hip hop star Joaquin Phoenix) kinda dropped off the face of the planet. He was linked to a couple projects here and there that never quite got off the ground, and last fall was kind of totally wasted as part of the ensemble of "Tower Heist." Later this year, he lends voice to the animated "ParaNorman" but this next project looks like it could be the first real gig for the actor in a while.

Christian Bale To Star In 'Crazy Heart' Director Scott Cooper's 'Out Of The Furnace'; Robert Duvall Circling, Viggo Mortensen & More Being Sought

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 24, 2012 4:06 PM
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For a moment there it seemed like "Crazy Heart" director Scott Cooper would just continually keep signing on to a bunch of stuff without ever shooting anything. Indeed, since country music movie became a big, Academy Award winning hit Cooper has put his name to plethora of projects including (take a deep breath): the western family feud saga "The Hatfields And The McCoys" with Brad Pitt attached; an adaptation of William Styron's "Lie Down In Darkness" with Jennifer Lawrence attached; an adaptation of Bob Dylan's "Brownsville Girl" also with Brad Pitt attached; a remake of the Argentinian thriller "Carancho"; former Noah Baumbach project "The Emperor's Children" and the conman tale "The Man In Rockefeller Suit." But it's a gig he took last summer that has now firmly take the pole position with a major star on board.

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