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In Theaters: 'The Dark Knight Rises' Likely To Be 'The Queen Of Versailles' This Weekend, Reigning At Least '30 Beats' Ahead of 'Hara-Kiri' & 'The Well-Digger's Daughter'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • July 20, 2012 6:30 PM
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While the tragic events of the awful shooting in Colorado hang over the weekend, let it not keep us from our plans with cinema. As we noted in our editorial earlier today, the movies are have always been a safe space, where we can commune with fellow film lovers and be comforted, challenged, moved and entertained. And while we may feel uneasy when the lights go down over the next few days, let's remember it was an isolated incident, by a person whose actions are beyond what we can ever understand. So let's pause a for moment as we put the the victims in our thoughts and prayers........and now, here's what's screening a theaters near you.

Cannes Review: Takashi Miike's 3D 'Hara-Kiri' A Tired Merchant Ivory-Esque Samurai Flick

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 20, 2011 1:38 AM
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The prospect of the first 3D competition film ever to screen at the Cannes Film Festival directed by the ridiculously prolific Japanese madman Takashi Miike sounds too good to be true. And unfortunately, that's the case. "Hara Kiri," Miike's remake of Masaki Kobayashi's 1962 film, is the complete opposite of what you might expect from a three-dimensional samurai movie from the director. Lethargically paced, visually dull and with an emphasis on drama over action, "Hara Kiri" plays like a bad Merchant Ivory film with a lot of sonorous or off-key acting building up to very little.

Watch: Teaser Trailer For Takashi Miike's 3D Cannes Entry 'Hara-Kiri: Death Of A Samurai'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 29, 2011 4:24 AM
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With Takashi Miike's latest effort, "13 Assassins," hitting theaters this weekend -- and according to our review, it's one of his most entertaining films yet -- fans of the Japanese auteur won't have to wait long for his next effort.

First Official Look At Ryan Gosling In Nicolas Winding Refn's Cannes Bound 'Drive'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 14, 2011 7:00 AM
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First Look At Takashi Miike's 'Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai'Cannes is basically Comic-Con for movie nerds, and so in the coming weeks, we'll be treating each image or morsel of info of the films playing there with the same weight as new toys for "Transformers" or covers for limited edition runs of Captain America that more genre-oriented sites might do.

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