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John Waters Lists 'Spring Breakers,' 'Blue Jasmine' & More On His Top 10 Films Of 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 2, 2013 11:08 AM
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Spring Breakers
There are top ten lists, and then there are top ten lists by John Waters. Each year, everyone's favorite cult filmmaker delivers his list to Artforum, and it's usually a surprising blend of arthouse oriented pictures and left field surprises.

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'Broken City' Will Take 'The Last Stand' For Your 'Mama'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • January 18, 2013 3:58 PM
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It's another weekend of post-New-Year roll-outs, and this batch continues to solidify January's low-rung status in the theatrical release schedule. Even with the bloated roster of celebrity names, there is a noted dearth of quality among the films (plus, no Ryan Gosling, whose appearance always makes things just a little bit better). Now, we're not trying to discourage you from going to see the Governator's cinematic comeback, or Guillermo del Toro's newest (and weakest) CGI monster... Okay, fine, yes we are. So here are a few alternatives: (1) check out our 2013 Oscar coverage, and catch up with the nominees you haven't seen yet; (2) brush up on your film history and update your Netflix queue with recommendations from our latest features, including Kim Jee-Woon, Max Von Sydow, and Ang Lee. Enjoy!

Watch: Eerie NSFW Trailer For Bruno Dumont's 'Hors Satan'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 23, 2012 12:23 PM
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To say that director Bruno Dumont is divisive would be an understatement, but the two-time Cannes Jury Prize winner ("Flanders," "L'humanité") certainly has his fans, but even they might be tested with his latest effort "Hors Satan" ("Outside Satan"). Premiering at Cannes last year, it's a ridiculously minimal and frustratingly enigmatic film that we didn't care for that much as we found it mysterious nature dull rather than compelling.
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TIFF Rounds Out Slate With Films From Dardennes, Aki Kaurismäki, Jonathan Demme, Gus Van Sant, More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2011 12:47 PM
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TIFF has finalized their already impressive slate for 2011, and if you didn't get a chance to hit the Croisette this year, you can catch the highlights in Toronto.

Cannes Review: Bruno Dumont's 'Hors Satan' Is Devilishly Dull

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 16, 2011 6:25 AM
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Two-time Cannes Jury Prize winner Bruno Dumont ("Flanders," "L'humanité") returned to Cannes today with his latest head scratcher, "Hors Satan." If Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" was a bold exploration into human nature and the search in the universe for God, "Hors Satan" is the dumb, clumsy cousin to that film. Of course, interpretation is everything, but reading between the long static shots, minimal dialogue and brief bursts of "action," Dumont seems to posit that sometimes evil/violence is a necessary corrective in a world where good and evil unfold at will, without anyone holding the scales that keep them balanced.

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