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Weekend Box Office: 'Dolphin Tale' Flips Over Another Batch Of Weak New Releases To Score #1

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 2, 2011 4:38 AM
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Break it down however you want, but its simple economics. The last month has been absolutely saturated with product, so few of it appealing to mainstream America. These movies aren’t bad. And, in most cases, the marketing isn’t all that faulty. It’s pure numbers. The market can’t withstand this over-saturation. In September, eighteen films entered wide release of 1500 or more theaters, and only six crossed $30 million domestic, two of them benefiting from inflated 3D prices. That’s a poor record of success, even as we keep the bar exactly that low.

Jeff Nichols Talks About His Trust In Sony Pictures Classics & 'Take Shelter''s Memorable Ending

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • September 29, 2011 5:04 AM
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And More From The Cast & Filmmaker Of The Apocalyptic DramaLady luck is currently showing Arkansas filmmaker Jeff Nichols her pearly whites. Though his strong debut feature "Shotgun Stories" took years to complete and be unleashed into the world, his sophomore effort "Take Shelter" was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics before they even saw a cut. In addition to that, its two principal players, Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain, are having a banner year and are quickly rising to household name-status. To top it all off, the filmmaker is already lensing his next feature, "Mud," in addition to writing yet another movie. Needless to say, Nichols is very busy and in demand.

Review: 'Take Shelter' A Naturalistic, Novelistic Portrayal Of Madness & Apocalypse

  • By James Rocchi
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  • September 29, 2011 3:01 AM
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The following is a reprint of our review from Sundance.

'Take Shelter' Soundtrack Written By Ola Podrida's David Wingo Is Moody, Chilling & Unnerving

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 26, 2011 8:22 AM
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Just recently when discussing composer Mychael Danna's excellent score for the humanist sports drama, "Moneyball," we lamented the fact that writing about soundtracks isn't always easy, as often they're not the sexiest topic in the world. However, maybe we'll be putting that theory to the test in the fall of 2011.

Michael Shannon Talks Madness, Working On A Budget & 'Take Shelter' Director Jeff Nichols

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 15, 2011 5:46 AM
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Michael Shannon may have missed out on an Emmy nomination for his role on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” but his anguished turn as Curtis LaForche in Jeff Nichols’ stunning “Take Shelter” should put the star squarely in the midst of Best Actor Oscar talk. (It should do the same for co-star Jessica Chastain.)

The End Is Nigh In Poster For 'Take Shelter' Starring Michael Shannon & Jessica Chastain

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 18, 2011 7:48 AM
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This fall, the end of the world will prey heavily on the minds of those going to their local arthouse. Lars Von Trier and his infinite sadness will unleash "Melancholia," the psychological disaster film about an apocalypse caused by a planet named Melancholia literally smashing into the Earth, killing everything in its path. But before we get to that, a much smaller, subtler and better film will tackle end times anxiety, with Jeff Nichols' "Take Shelter" rolling into cinemas.

Emily Browning's 'Sleeping Beauty,' 'The Skin I Live In' & 'Take Shelter' Get Fall Dates

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 8, 2011 3:44 AM
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If the summer blockbuster season is getting you down, don't worry, there is only a couple of months left and this fall, it looks like each week will be packed with quality selections at your local arthouse and three more have just been dated.

Watch: Trailer & Clip For Cannes Critics Week Winner 'Take Shelter' Starring Michael Shannon

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 23, 2011 6:58 AM
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Let's get this out of the way: if you haven't seen writer and director Jeff Nichols' debut feature "Shotgun Stories" get on that now. It's one of the most assured and powerful filmmaking debuts in recent memory and it's no surprise that Michael Shannon has returned once again to work with Nichols, this time in the psychological thriller "Take Shelter."

'Take Shelter' Takes Top Prize At Cannes' Critic's Week

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 20, 2011 1:16 AM
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Australian Serial Killer Flick 'Snowtown' Gets Special MentionThe 2011 Cannes Film Festival is just stumbling on its last legs, with the final big film of the festival, Sean Penn starrer "This Must Be The Place," bowing this morning (watch for our review in a few hours). The festival's main awards won't be revealed until Sunday, but a select few awards have already been given out, focusing on films in the Critic's Week, the sidebar which highlights first and second films from directors, and celebrates its 50th year in 2011.

'The Skin I Live In' Gets Official Synopsis & November Release; 'Take Shelter' Set for October 7th

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 28, 2011 12:10 PM
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Aside from a series of increasingly creepy stills not much is known about Pedro Almodóvar‘s “The Skin I Live In” except that it's based on a pretty intense book by crime novelist Thierry Jonque‘s 2005 book, “Tarantula.” The film has a competition slot at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival and with buzz continuing to build, Sony Pictures Classics set the film a rather plum and perhaps Oscar baiting release in November (an exact date hasn't been specified).

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