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Redbox's 10 Most Rented Films Of 2013 Reveal People Really Like Melissa McCarthy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 24, 2013 11:02 AM
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Sometimes it's hard to tell if the buzz around an actor or actress exists simply among entertainment writers or has currency in the real world. And so, when Melissa McCarthy broke out in 2011 with "Bridesmaids," earning an Oscar nomination (among other accolades) it remained to be seen if that success would be a springboard to future hits. And indeed it was.

'Amour' & 'Rust And Bone' Top London Critics' Circle Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 20, 2013 3:50 PM
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With the focus this weekend on Park City with the Sundance Film Festival now in full swing, it might be easy to forget we're still in the midst of the awards season. And even though we're nearing the finishing line, with the Golden Globes already handed out, and a few more major guild awards and the Indie Spirits to come before the Oscars are awarded, critics circles are still getting their two cents in. And the latest to hand down their verdict on the year in film of 2012 are from the U.K., with the London Critics' Circle Awards honoring their winners today. And a big favorite of the season made a considerable impression.

'Berberian Sound Studio' Wins Four British Independent Film Awards, 'Broken' Takes Best Film Prize

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 9, 2012 5:58 PM
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If you want to play a fun game, spent tomorrow morning walking through London's Soho playing a trumpet and a kettle drum. That's because this evening saw this year's British Independent Film Awards being given out at what's become, over the years, one of the drunkest and most debauched evenings in the awards season in the calendar (last year, including the host, Chris O'Dowd, who was hammered from pretty much minute one).

John Waters Picks Terence Davies' 'The Deep Blue Sea' As The Best Film Of 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 3, 2012 9:44 AM
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So far, the best of 2012 lists have been dominated by high falutin' Cahiers Du Cinema and Sight & Sound, so leave it to the always eclectic director John Waters to provide the first truly diverse and totally unpredictable top ten of the year, all with his trademark wit.

Haunting Alternate Poster For Sundance Sensation Doco-Thriller 'The Imposter'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 1, 2012 10:43 AM
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After making waves at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, Bart Layton's doc/thriller "The Imposter" is slowly creeping audiences out as it unspools across the United States and unveils at festivals around the globe. The film tells the true and twisted tale of a 13-year-old boy who disappears without a trace from San Antonio, Texas in 1994 only to return three and half years later. However, just as it looks like a happy ending is in place, one detective on the case begins noticing inconsistencies between the boy that disappeared and the boy that returned. Surely, that in itself is enough to sell your ticket? If not that, then how about this trippy alternate poster for the film?

'The Imposter' Director Bart Layton Talks The Stranger Than Fiction Story & Its Subjective Nature

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • July 13, 2012 11:59 AM
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The Barclay family suffered a devastating blow in 1994 when 13-year-old Nicholas disappeared without a trace. However, 1997 brought a sign of hope -- the young boy had been found in Spain. Seemingly damaged due to sexual abuse by his captors, he was ready to come home. The only problem? It wasn't Nicholas at all -- Frenchman Frédéric Bourdin adopted his identity, fooling authorities and the Barclay clan themselves into thinking that he was the real deal. As you might imagine, it wasn't long before someone started to doubt this ruse (detective Charlie Parker, oddly enough, noticed the ears of Bourdin and Nicholas didn't match up), but the exposed identity only makes the situation uglier, ferreting some nasty theories concerning the whereabouts of the real Nicholas Barclay.

Review: 'The Imposter' A Remarkable & Entertaining Tale About The Illusion Of Truth

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • July 11, 2012 5:04 PM
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It isn’t often that audiences will feel inclined to believe the word of a proven liar over a family who suffered as a result of his dishonesty, but “The Imposter” achieves that unusual feat. A documentary about a family stricken with tragedy that unwittingly takes in a con artist, director Bart Layton tells an almost too-amazing-to-be-true story that creates a truth, establishes sympathies, and then razes everything we think we know. A remarkable, entertaining and even sometimes shocking film, “The Imposter” utilizes reenactments and first-person interview footage to create a vivid account of a story whose actual details seem impossible to parse out from an entanglement of the participants’ recollections, feelings and most unexpectedly of all, their hopes about what actually happened.

Watch: Director Bart Layton Talks Creating Drama In Documentary In Exclusive Featurette For 'The Imposter'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 10, 2012 12:01 PM
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Getting a film into the Sundance Film Festival is one thing, but having it emerge as one of the most talked about titles among a number of other movies jockeying for attention is quite a feat. And that's what has happened with Bart Layton's "The Imposter."

The Top 10 Films To See In July

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 2, 2012 10:59 AM
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There are people, we're told, who just rock up to the theater on Friday night and see whatever is coming on next. We, and we suspect you, have never been those people. We scan the release calendar weeks, even months in advance, in order to check out what's coming to theaters, so we know what we're queueing up for, and when we'll be seeing it.

Watch: Thrilling Trailer For Hit Sundance Documentary 'The Imposter'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • June 1, 2012 10:16 AM
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Wow, what on Earth is this? A trailer for the Sundance documentary “The Imposter” has landed online and it looks absolutely fascinating. The documentary (which also includes large portions of recreated footage) is described as “an original film experience that walks the razor’s edge between true-crime documentary and stylish noir thriller” – and after watching that first trailer we’d be at pains to disagree.

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