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Stream This: 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints,' 'A Single Shot,' Films From Wong Kar-Wai & More On VOD This Week

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • August 23, 2013 5:25 PM
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Stream This: Ain't Them Bodies Saints, Single Shot, more
Hello, streamers! Our picks for this week should prove to be nostalgic and contemporary, reflective and forward thinking, a look to the inspirational works of the past with a glance at what they've rendered since. Two films debuting in theaters are also new to VOD, while the release of Destin Cretton's much hailed "Short Term 12" encouraged us to take a look at his last feature. And with the opening of Wong Kar-wai's tenth feature film this weekend, we decided to feature the Chinese director quite prominently: some works—"Happy Together," "In the Mood for Love," and "Chungking Express"—are already well known, so we're offering a curated assortment from his early days of writing and directing that you may be a little less familiar with. The Criterion Collection's special presentation of remastered films (care of Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Foundation) on Hulu deserves similar attention, and we have an overview of two of our favorites from that group. Bet you can't wait to find out what they are! Let's get going.

Review: 'The Frozen Ground' Starring Nicolas Cage, John Cusack & Vanessa Hudgens

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 21, 2013 10:56 AM
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What is the allure of true crime stories beyond the truth of “well, that happened”? It’s the sort of rubbernecking that not only kept “Law And Order” on the air for years, but spawned a cottage industry of shows and movies geared towards illuminating the dark side of crime, dramatizing, and attempting to bring structure to the cruel arbitrariness of violent murder, rape and assorted trauma. You wouldn’t think there would be so much entertainment value from seeing a star’s glassy eyes as he stands over a murder scene, attempting to register the horror before him. But that sort of mass media has always generated interest, particularly as it hides artistic deficiencies behind the veil of “true story” labelling in an attempt to render the genre critic-proof. Exhibit A: "The Frozen Ground.”

Exclusive: Chilling 3-Minute Clip From Thriller 'The Frozen Ground' Starring John Cusack

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2013 9:58 AM
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The Frozen Ground John Cusack
While John Cusack has cemented himself a place in film history thanks to memorable performances in movies like "Say Anything," "High Fidelity," "Grosse Point Blank," "Being John Malkovich" and more, he's also an actor with a diverse range of talents. Later this month, he'll be seen playing none other than Richard Nixon in "Lee Daniels' The Butler," showing audiences a different side of his skills. Also coming out in August, there's another movie that will highlight Cusack's range, one in which he takes a role about as far away from Lloyd Dobler as you can get.

Nicolas Cage To Play A 'Lost Melody' For Terry Zwigoff Plus Watch A New Clip From 'The Frozen Ground'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • July 2, 2013 9:38 AM
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It’s been seven long years since a Terry Zwigoff-helmed film has graced the silver screen -- 2006’s “Art School Confidential” was his last effort, which he said “nearly ended [his] career for good” -- but hot on the heels of his recently announced film with Fred Armisen, Zwigoff is mounting a second film and it looks like he has the interest of the incomparable Nicolas Cage.

Watch: Nicolas Cage Wants To Put John Cusack In Jail In Trailer For 'The Frozen Ground'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 8, 2013 11:51 AM
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Here we go, yet another low budget, crank-it-out-in-a-few-weeks Nicolas Cage movie, and if you forgot about it that's cool, because it's hard to keep track of his prolific, if unselective, output. The latest? "The Frozen Ground," a based on a true story tale with Cage as a cop, tracking down bad guy John Cusack, with Vanessa Hudgens playing a prostitute. Obviously.

Watch: Vanessa Hudgens Strips While Nic Cage & John Cusack Face Off In Trailer For 'Frozen Ground'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 21, 2012 9:19 AM
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Another day, another trailer for a movie Nicolas Cage made over a weekend. Yesterday brought us "Stolen," Cage's "Taken"-in-a-taxi-cab movie, and today brings "Frozen Ground," with a rough/early spot leaking to the web, promising Vanessa Hudgens stripping and lots of glowering from Cage and his co-star John Cusack.

First Look: John Cusack, Nicolas Cage and Vanessa Hudgens In Serial Killer Pic 'Frozen Ground'

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • May 17, 2012 10:19 AM
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Nicolas Cage has appeared in a seemingly endless stream of action-thrillers over the past several years, including treasures like "Bangkok Dangerous," "Seeking Justice" and "Trespass," — all done, we assume, to help pay down that mountain of debt Cage has accrued — but we're particularly intrigued by one of Cage's upcoming thrillers: "Frozen Ground," produced by co-star Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson.

Katherine LaNasa Joins 'Dog Fight' aka 'Southern Rivals' With Will Ferrell & Zach Galifianakis

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 20, 2011 7:48 AM
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Also Lines Up Serial Killer Pic 'The Frozen Ground' With John Cusack & Nicolas CageSo, Katherine LaNasa comes to the table with some pretty interesting factoids. She's the ex-wife of both French Stewart and Dennis Hopper (and the mother of Henry Hopper who you saw in "Restless"), and while her name might not be familiar, she's been working steadily for years, mostly on TV, racking up appearances in a number of shows. Maybe you remember her as Lydia in "Two and a Half Men" (see above) or Beverly Ford in "Big Love." She was also the lead on the short lived NBC sitcom "Three Sisters." But the actress is making a huge leap into feature films, and with three projects on the horizon you'll be hearing her name and seeing her more often.

50 Cent & Vanessa Hudgens Join John Cusack & Nicolas Cage In Serial Killer Pic ‘The Frozen Ground'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 20, 2011 10:15 AM
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Okay, casting gods. You win. As if putting John Cusack and Nicolas Cage in the same film wasn't enough, now the Anchorage Daily News (via Shadow & Act) reports that 50 Cent is adding his questionable talents into the mix for "The Frozen Ground" for what is now a must see movie. Cage + Fiddy? Sign us the fuck up.

John Cusack & Nicolas Cage To Star In Serial Killer Pic 'The Frozen Ground'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 26, 2011 12:55 PM
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Well, here's something different. A new Nicolas Cage where he isn't the crazy person.

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