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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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Lovers On The Run feature
“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."

Eddie Murphy Turned Brett Ratner On To The Classic Heist Films Before Making 'Tower Heist'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 3, 2011 5:20 AM
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And More From The Director & Cast Of The High Concept ComedyIn Brett Ratner’s “Tower Heist,” Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy lead an ensemble cast in a story of wronged hotel employees who decide to seek revenge against a ruthless financial world maven who has run off with their pensions. A comedy, heist flick and even a triumphant middle finger to the swindlers that put many out of house and home (though the filmmakers say the ties to current events were unintentional), the film is a crowd-pleasing confection about the little guys finally getting one over on those in authority. A solid supporting cast including Alan Alda, Tea Leoni, Casey Affleck, Matthew Broderick and more help bring the story, a distinctly New York City-set tale, to life.

Beautiful Trailer, Bland Poster Debut For 3D Stop-Motion Animated ‘ParaNorman’

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 30, 2011 3:50 AM
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2011 hasn’t exactly been an exceptional year for animated films. Besides this spring’s deliciously strange “Rango” and this summer’s gorgeous, supple “Winnie the Pooh,” there hasn’t been a whole lot to fawn over, animation-wise. (When Pixar unloads a colossal letdown like “Cars 2,” you know the medium is having an “off year.”) Thankfully, 2012 is poised to be an embarrassment of riches, with new movies from proven studios like Blue Sky (“Ice Age: Continental Drift”), Illumination ("The Lorax"), Disney ("Wreck-It Ralph" and Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie") Aardman (“The Pirates! Band of Misfits”) and the beloved Studio Ghibli (“The Secret World of Arriety”), as well as a brand-new Pixar property (“Brave,” plus the heavily Pixar-associated live action hybrid “John Carter”) and the debut features from children’s illustrator William Joyce (DreamWorks’ “Rise of the Guardians”) and super-genius animator Genndy Tarkovsky (Sony’s “Hotel Transylvania”). Also being released next year is “ParaNorman,” the new 3D stop-motion film from Laika, the Portland, Oregon-based animation studio that gave us the wonderful “Coraline” back in 2009, and judging by the jaw-dropping new trailer, it’s definitely one to keep an eye on.

Casey Affleck To Play “The Corrupt Midget” In Whitey Bulger Biopic From Ben Affleck & Matt Damon

  • By Simon Dang
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  • October 26, 2011 2:04 AM
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How ironic that the casting of Casey Affleck was buried amongst all the reports that his brother Ben would be re-teaming with Matt Damon on Warner Bros' Whitey Bulger film. The severely underrated and underutilized thespian has carved out his own brand of success in the shadow of Ben and Matt, which was exemplified by his Best Supporting Actor nom at the 2007 Oscars for his performance as the titular Robert Ford in Andrew Dominik's 'The Assassination Of Jesse James.'

Matt Damon & Ben Affleck Team For Whitey Bulger Biopic By 'Boardwalk Empire' Writer Terence Winter

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 24, 2011 5:18 AM
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Casey Affleck To Co-StarGranted, they've got some competition for this one, but you can bet Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have taken the lead on getting a biopic on famed Boston mobster Whitey Bulger onto the big screen.

Casey Affleck Will Get His Angel Wings As Gabriel In 'Paradise Lost'; Camilla Belle Lined Up For Eve

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 23, 2011 1:02 AM
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Update: Deadline reports Camilla Belle is the director's favorite to play Eve.

Gus Van Sant Talks Ben & Matt's Unfinished Post-'Good Will Hunting' Project, 'Restless' & More

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 16, 2011 8:51 AM
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Eclectic Filmmaker Talks James Franco, 'My Private Idaho,' Dennis Hopper & His New Coming-Of-Age RomanceThe title of Gus Van Sant’s latest picture, “Restless” might as well describe the director himself. Genre-hopping, making movies for both the Hollywood system and himself, and long a fixture on the indie film scene, he’s undoubtedly one of the most significant American filmmakers working today. His lastest is a far cry from his more experimental entries like "Gerry," "Last Days" or even the "Psycho" remake, tackling the story of two teens in love even as one of them suffers from terminal cancer. It's yet another new direction for Van Sant and one that will likely land him new fans while giving longtime followers of the director something else to discuss and consider as part of his eclectic filmography.

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