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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.

Jason Schwartzman & Elisabeth Moss To Star In 'The Color Wheel' Director Alex Ross Perry's 'Listen Up Philip'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 26, 2013 4:02 PM
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Jason Schwartzmann, Elisabeth Moss, Alex Ross Perry
Shot on black-and-white 16mm film, noted for its abrasive, rapid-fire dialogue style, we'll fully admit, "The Color Wheel," director Alex Ross Perry's screwball-ish black comedy divided Playlist writers from the rest of the world, even though it was a cause celebre film for indie filmmakers and indie-championing publications. (And yet enough of us liked it to include the film's climax in our Best Movie Scenes & Moments Of 2012) Still, any time an indie filmmaker gets a shot into the big leagues, or at least a chance to work with professional actors and not their friends, it's always worth keeping an eye on. Hell, look what it did for Joe Swanberg and the Duplass Brothers, with "Drinking Buddies" and "Cyrus" easily being among their best films to date.

BAMcinemaFest Kicks Off Opening Night With Casey Affleck & Rooney Mara-Led Outlaw Tale 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • June 20, 2013 2:45 PM
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Ain't Them Bodies Saints (skip)
Last night the Brooklyn Academy of Music kicked off its 5th annual BAMcinemaFest, a 10-day showcase of independent films culled from Cannes, Sundance, TIFF, Berlin, SXSW and other festivals from around the world. Highlights from this year’s lineup include James Ponsoldt's teen romance "The Spectacular Now," Sebastian Silva's druggy road trip adventure "Crystal Fairy," Joe Swanberg's relationship comedy "Drinking Buddies," Dustin Cretton's heartrending foster care facility-set drama "Short Term '12" and many, many more. Check out the full line-up here. But for opening night they scored the NYC Premiere of perhaps the buzziest film out of Sundance this year, David Lowery's "Ain't Them Bodies Saints." When we caught the film at Sundance we called it, "a wholly engrossing and impressive piece of work that the movie world will be talking about all year long."

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.

'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' Filmmaker David Lowery To Direct Old David Fincher Serial Killer Project 'Torso'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 17, 2013 6:52 PM
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It didn't win any major prizes and it wasn't scooped up by a major studio, but easily one of the best films at Sundance 2013 was filmmaker/jack of all trades David Lowery's "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" (it landed right at the top of our five best films from the 2013 Sundance film festival). A triple threat at Sundance and a craftsman of several disciplines, Lowery wrote and directed 'Saints,' edited Shane Carruth's mind-bending "Upstream Color" and co-wrote Yen Tan's drama "Pit Stop." And coming off the heat of his intense crime drama/love story, Lowery's been picking up a lot of work.

Robert Redford Takes 'The Old Man And The Gun' With 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' Director David Lowery

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 11, 2013 5:15 PM
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At 76 years old, Robert Redford could take the easy way out, working with the established veterans he could easily reach with a phone call, and doing safe material that would be a lay up with critics and audiences. But that's just not how Redford rolls. Booking a part in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," and with a reportedly dialogue-free role in "Margin Call" director J.C. Chandor's upcoming "All Is Lost," Redford is finding some fun with younger filmmakers in the kinds of movies he's not really known for. And now he's teaming up with a director who made some serious waves at Sundance in January.

On The Rise: 12 Directors To Watch In 2013

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • March 28, 2013 4:20 PM
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On The Rise: 12 Director's To Watch In 2013 (photo)
So far in our On The Rise series this year, we've looked at talent on the ascension in front of the camera, with a cluster of actors and actresses who look set for great things. We've also highlighted promising cinematographers, writers and composers who've already proven their worth, and look like they're about to be more and more in demand as time goes on.

'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' Director David Lowery Jumps To Disney To Write New Take On 'Pete's Dragon'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2013 8:14 PM
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Okay, if Lynne Ramsay exiting "Jane Got A Gun" wasn't already the biggest surprise news of the day, this probably would be. David Lowery, who seemed to be everywhere in Park City in January was writer of the Slamdance entry "Pit Stop," editor on Shane Carruth's Sundance film "Upsteam Color" while unveiling his own massively well-received effort "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," has plotted his next movie: dude is going to Disney World.

Interview: Director David Lowery Discusses His Sundance Sensation 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' & Assembling 'Upstream Color'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • February 1, 2013 10:21 AM
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David Lowery went from being a relative unknown to having one of the heavily anticipated films of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the outlaw drama, “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.” Though his most recent short film “Pioneer” picked up acclaim at the festival in 2011, not many saw his previous micro budgeted feature “St. Nick,” a dreamy brother-sister tale which cast only non-professional actors. And yet the anticipation for this film was off the charts thanks in part to the casting of Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Ben Foster, Keith Carradine and Nate Parker for this “Bonnie & Clyde”-like tale of criminals determined to reunite with each other at whatever cost.

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