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Grammys: 'The Muppets,' 'The Artist,' 'The Dark Knight Rises,' 'Dragon Tattoo' & More Nominated For Soundtrack & Score

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 6, 2012 11:53 AM
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We haven't paid attention to the Grammys in years, mostly because it's irrelevant, these days we're barely familiar with half the nominees, and the show is usually pure tedium. (Don't even get us started on that Beach Boys tribute thing last year.) But for movie buffs looking to maintain their awards season high, yesterday's announcement of Grammy nominees did bring with it some films that are looking to collect gold from their pals in the music biz.

Contest: Win 'Marley' Prize Pack Including Blu-ray, Headphones, “One Love” Poster & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 2, 2012 11:57 AM
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While everyone has their own favorite summer jams, there are few artists that universally capture the season quite like Bob Marley. The music of the reggae legend is perfectly made for long hot days, while his message of peace, love and unity carry through any time of year. And we've got a pretty great prize pack that will make one Bob Marley fan particularly happy.
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In Theaters: 'Marley' Is 'The Lucky One' While We Say 'Goodbye First Love' To 'Think Like A Man' & Peruse 'The Moth Diaries'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • April 20, 2012 5:58 PM
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Spring is here, folks! New love and life are upon us now that the dreary, ice-cold fingers of winter have withdrawn. Loosely translated into the logic of releasing films, this means documentaries and romance melodramas abound! They pop up from studios like daisies from freshly hoed lawns. Head to theaters this weekend and take in the sweet love of soldiers, vampires, Rastafarians, and even chimpanzees. And don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers on your way.

Review: Reverence Outweighs Insight In Kevin Macdonald's 2 1/2 Hour 'Marley' Documentary

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • April 18, 2012 3:56 PM
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A long film detailing a tragically short life, on paper, Kevin Macdonald's Bob Marley documentary "Marley" has more than enough of a pedigree to justify its 2 1/2 hour running time. After all, it's a biopic of one of the most influential and evergreen musical pioneers of all time, being brought to us by the respected documentarian behind the thrilling "Touching the Void" and the Oscar-winning "One Day In September." But the truth is that film's exhaustive approach at some point becomes simply exhausting, with its sporadic moments of true inspiration, almost all directly connected with the music or Bob's early life, serving mostly to remind of how by-the-numbers the rest of the movie is. It purports to bring us the man behind the myth, but 150 minutes later, the flesh-and-blood Marley remains frustratingly out of reach, and the myth is still reverently intact.
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Watch: Clips From Richard Linklater's 'Bernie' & Kevin Macdonald's 'Marley'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 13, 2012 5:04 PM
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First up is an oddball look at Richard Linklater's slightly twisted, based on a true story tale "Bernie." Starring Matthew McConaguhy, Jack Black and Shirley Maclaine, the film tells the story of a beloved mortician (Black) in a small Texas town who befriends a mean old widow (Shirley MacLaine) and commits a horrific crime. This slow burn thriller has been quietly making the festival rounds since last summer, and will screen at SXSW tomorrow. The scene is an intriguing one, centering on Kay McCabe who portrays the mother of the D.A. (McConaughey), and it highlights the quasi-documentary style interludes featured in the film. Looks delightfully surreal. "Bernie" arrives on April 27th.
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SXSW '12 Review: Reverence Outweighs Insight In Kevin Macdonald's 2 1/2 Hour 'Marley' Documentary

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • March 11, 2012 7:00 PM
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A long film detailing a tragically short life, on paper, Kevin Macdonald's Bob Marley documentary "Marley" has more than enough of a pedigree to justify its 2 1/2 hour running time. After all, it's a biopic of one of the most influential and evergreen musical pioneers of all time, being brought to us by the respected documentarian behind the thrilling "Touching the Void" and the Oscar-winning "One Day In September." But the truth is that film's exhaustive approach at some point becomes simply exhausting, with its sporadic moments of true inspiration, almost all directly connected with the music or Bob's early life, serving mostly to remind of how by-the-numbers the rest of the movie is. It purports to bring us the man behind the myth, but 150 minutes later, the flesh-and-blood Marley remains frustratingly out of reach, and the myth is still reverently intact.

Watch: New Clips From 'Marley,' 'Bel Ami' & 'Detachment'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 8, 2012 1:21 PM
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Well, the big eye-melting, popcorn munching, wallet-gouging blockbuster season kicks off this weekend with "John Carter," but don't worry, you don't have to leave your brain in the parking lot as there are still going to be plenty of films that don't require 3D glasses.

14 SXSW Movies We've Already Seen Including '21 Jump Street,' 'Marley,' 'Killer Joe,' 'Bernie' & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 7, 2012 12:59 PM
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Yesterday, we ran through fifteen movies that we're dying to see at this year's SXSW, but the Austin, Texas festival doesn't just have world premieres: there's also a selection of films that have played film fests elsewhere in the world over the last months, from Venice and Toronto to Sundance and Berlin.

'Marley' Soundtrack Features 25 Songs From The Reggae Legend

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 5, 2012 10:15 AM
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You would have to look at people like Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra or Johnny Cash to find those who have achieved the same kind of iconic, influential status of Bob Marley. The reggae legend took his unique sound from Jamaica around the world, inspiring millions with his message of togetherness, rebellion and love. And while his face has become an image almost as ubiquitous as that of Che Guevara, a whole new generation of music fans may not be familiar with his work and achievements, but the upcoming, years-in-the-making, Kevin Macdonald-directed documentary, "Marley," will hopefully change that.
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Watch: U.K. Trailer For Kevin Macdonald's 'Marley' Documentary

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 16, 2012 12:39 PM
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After literally years in development, a process which saw original director Jonathan Demme leave the project and replaced by "The Eagle" and "Last King Of Scotland" helmer Kevin Macdonald, the long awaited "Marley" is on its way to theaters. And after some festival appearances at TIFF and most recently at Berlin (with SXSW around the corner), the U.K. trailer has landed, giving fans a first taste of what to expect.
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