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In Theaters: 'Cowboys & Aliens' & 'Smurfs,' Oh My!

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • July 29, 2011 6:05 AM
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Listen, I know what you expect from me. After last week's showing, you're expecting me to wax poetic about Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling and all the man beauty at the box office. Nope. What Chris Evans and I have is special and beautiful and I will not sully it with that cad, Ryan. I will leave that salivating to the male portion of the Playlist, as Mr. Gosling is the designated man crush. I don't need to build him up anymore than the rest of these dudes have. He's a great actor with a wonderful sense of personal style. THE END. All I will say about Mr. Craig is that I hope his bum is insured by Lloyd's of London for as much as J. Lo's booty. Anyway! In theaters this week! The improbably premised "Cowboys & Aliens"! Rom-com for men, "Crazy, Stupid Love"! "The Smurfs".... You know it's not a week without a dumb movie for children! Let's do it to it.

Review: 'The Future' Showcases A Vital Filmmaker Still Sowing Her Oats

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 28, 2011 4:31 AM
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In “Another Earth,” Mike Cahill’s recent science fiction picture, a cataclysmic event provides the backdrop for a small-scale human story about tragedy and mourning. In the upcoming Evan Glodell-directed “Bellflower,” the characters plan for an oncoming apocalypse just as one of them deals with a devastating broken heart. And now we have “The Future,” where writer-director Miranda July ponders our every day roles within the framework of what tomorrow holds. Clearly, there’s a movement of indie directors concerned about What It All Means.

Miranda July Cut An "Accidentally Porny" Sex Scene From 'The Future'

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • July 26, 2011 2:47 AM
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Dead Cats, Dirty Limericks, Getting Locked In A Closet & More We Learned About Miranda July's LatestWhen our own James Rocchi saw Miranda July's latest film, "The Future" at Sundance back in January, he noted the film succeeded "as a single story about the terrifying possibilities of life, the uncertainty of love and the certainty of the passage of time." A month later, we caught up with July at SXSW, she mirrored his thoughts on the film calling "The Future" a "a horror movie about facing the void, the empty moment where you don’t know what to do with yourself." And it's in that pre-mid-life crisis of sorts that "The Future" finds its compelling pulse.

Watch: Trailer For 'The Future' Won't Change Your Opinion On Miranda July

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2011 8:43 AM
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Either you thought that "Me And You And Everyone You Know" was insufferably twee or it was the arrival of a new cinematic voice, but there seems to be very little in of a middle ground when it comes to Miranda July and the trailer for her latest effort will do little sway your opinion no matter which side of the fence you're on.

New Posters For Miranda July's 'The Future,' 'Melancholia,' 'Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 6, 2011 4:47 AM
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Here's an update of a few one sheets you might be seeing during your next trip to the theater.

Already Sick Of Blockbusters? The Playlist's Guide To The Alternative Summer Movie Highlights

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 6, 2011 4:10 AM
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The summer of 2011 is more stuffed with blockbusters than ever before, with every week bringing a new tentpole. We ran those films down earlier in the week, with Part 1, being those that look half-decent or better, Part 2 being those that we're more wary of, or even dreading. But in a summer like this, it's even more important than ever that those who truly care about cinema don't just settle for the big movies, but seek out the smaller releases as well.

SXSW: Miranda July Says 'The Future' Is Her Version Of A Horror Film

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 16, 2011 7:39 AM
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And More We Learned About Her New FilmFew working filmmakers are as divisive as Miranda July. Her first film, "Me and You and Everyone We Know" was to some, one of the best films of the last decade, but to others was barely watchable insufferable hipster bait. We're firmly in the former camp, and as such have been keenly anticipating her sophomore feature, "The Future," for some years. Our man at Sundance suggested that great things had again emerged from the polymathic helmer, and we were delighted to discover at SXSW that the wait had been worthwhile; "The Future" is less immediate than its predecessor, but just as rewarding.

Sundance '11: Roadside Attraction Sees 'The Future'; Focus Features Picks Up 'Pariah'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 28, 2011 6:46 AM
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While the Sundance Film Festival will come to an end on Sunday, buyers are still busy trying to close deals before they'll have to head back to their various offices around the country and the globe.

Sundance '11 Review: Miranda July's 'The Future' Is Surreal, Precious, Devastating & Brilliant

  • By The Playlist
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  • January 23, 2011 12:48 AM
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From our reviews correspondent over at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, James Rocchi.Following up her debut "Me and You and Everyone We Know," Miranda July's "The Future" not only echoes the qualities (and quality) of that film but expands on them in rich and fascinating ways. An L.A. couple (July and Hamish Linklater) are intent on adopting a cat they rescued. They realize that when the cat is released from medical care in a month, their lives will change, be set, connected by responsibility and care to a future both unimaginable and wholly predictable. (“We’re 35 now ... by the time the cat dies, we’ll be 40 ... and 40 might as well be 50 ... and after that, spare change.” “Spare change?” “Less than a dollar-- not enough to get anything you want …”).

The Playlist's Most Anticipated Films Of 2011 - Part 2

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 4, 2011 4:15 AM
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Alright, continuing with our Most Anticipated Films of 2011 series which will roughly be in four parts (unfortunately, character/size limits prevent us from doing one massive feature). Here's part one which we published yesterday. If you're wondering where some of the tentpoles were yesterday -- "X-Men: First Class," "Cowboys And Aliens" and "Sherlock Holmes" -- well, they're here. If you were asking, whether indie-driven auteurs would be represented -- Lynne Ramsay's return with "We Need To Talk About Kevin," Mike Mills' "Beginners" or David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method" -- well, they're all here too. The way these lists are lumped together is a bit arbitrary, so don't fret, lots and lots more Most Anticipated Films of 2011.

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