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Tribeca Review: 'About Alex' Starring Aubrey Plaza, Nate Parker, Jason Ritter And Max Greenfield

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 21, 2014 5:35 PM
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About Alex
Every generation needs a couple of reunion movies, and in “About Alex," we have another one: first-time writer-director Jesse Zwick doesn't so much swing for the fences as attempt to dribble a single down the baseline. This comedy-drama doesn't reach any untold heights, but with formula pictures like this, you can only hope the company is pleasant. With this cast, those meager expectations are reached.

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.

Kiefer Sutherland Climbs 'Pompeii,' Rufus Sewell Flexes For 'Hercules,' Michael Angarano Feels 'Heat' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • March 21, 2013 11:50 AM
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In today’s casting round-up, we have news on films from the other Paul Anderson, a documentary filmmaker’s move into fiction, and something that will likely involve a lot of body oil...

Sundance Review: The Searing 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' Burns With Intense & Visceral Portent

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 20, 2013 11:50 PM
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Set in 1970s Texas, but stationed inside an authentic milieu that feels timeless and classic, David Lowery's second 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.

The Breakout Performances Of 2012

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 11, 2012 1:56 PM
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One of the great thrills of being a movie fan is discovery. In a few weeks, we'll be rolling out our lists of the films we're looking forward to in 2013, many of which come from established names. And yet invariably, many of the best movies that will surprise us over the next twelve months will be ones that are, as yet, barely on our radar, from directors with no track record, and featuring actors who you wouldn't have been able to pick from a line up a few months earlier.

Melanie Lynskey & Paul Schneider Say 'Goodbye To All That'; Nate Parker Goes 'Non-Stop'; Adam Brody Has A 'Baggage Claim' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • October 8, 2012 11:02 AM
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In today’s casting round-up, we have updates on a screenwriter’s directorial debut, another airplane-set thriller, an indie comedy about a man and his genitalia, and a romantic comedy set around a flight attendant.

'Red Hook Summer' Star Nate Parker Lines Up Spike Lee's 'Oldboy'; 'Bad 25' Michael Jackson DVD To Appear Early 2013

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 4, 2012 9:40 AM
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Hot off his collaboration with Spike Lee in "Red Hook Summer," Nate Parker is in negotiations to star in Lee's remake of South Korean favorite, "Oldboy." Parker would play a doctor who works with Elizabeth Olsen's character. If the deal goes through, Parker would join a cast that already includes Olsen, Josh Brolin, Sharlto Copley, and Samuel L. Jackson.

'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' With Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck & Ben Foster Now Shooting, Keith Carradine & Nate Parker Join

  • By Simon Dang
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  • July 25, 2012 11:23 AM
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For a newcomer on the scene, David Lowery has it pretty damn good. "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," his directorial debut developed in the Sundance Labs, was announced earlier this year, but was said to still be seeking financing. But lo and behold, things have worked out smashingly, as its currently in front of cameras and has now added vet Keith Carradine and youngster Nate Parker to the highly promising cast which already includes Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck and Ben Foster.

10 Breakout Filmmakers & Performers From The 2012 Sundance Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 31, 2012 12:28 PM
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One of the major benefits of Sundance has always been the new talent it's unleashed on the world. From Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith in the festival's heyday to more recent discoveries like Carey Mulligan, Jennifer Lawrence, Cary Fukunaga and Drake Doremus, the film world shifts ever so slightly each January as burgeoning filmmakers make their mark on the industry.

Sundance: Clarke Peters & Nate Parker And Writer James McBride, Talk Race & Religion In Spike Lee's 'Red Hook Summer'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 25, 2012 6:11 PM
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Whatever you thought of his last film, " Miracle At St. Anna" (and we'd argue that it's better than its reputation suggests), most would agree that three-and-a-half years is too long between Spike Lee feature films (though his excellent documentaries have been a good placeholder). One of our most vital filmmakers, behind classics from "Do The Right Thing" to "25th Hour," he delivers work that is always thought-provoking and fiery. And he's not mellowed in his absence; when his latest film, the self-financed "Red Hook Summer," premiered on Sunday night at Sundance, it instantly became one of the controversial, divisive films of the festival, with some calling it a real return to form, and some calling it among his weakest, scrappiest efforts.

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